Smart Cities

Cities they are a-changin’

Your city is dumb. The potholed streets, coin-operated parking meters, and drafty brick buildings many of us interact with every day haven’t changed much in a century. But it’s finally happening.

From Oslo to San Diego, cities across the globe are installing technology to gather data in the hopes of saving money, becoming cleaner, reducing traffic, and improving urban life. In Digital Trends’ Smart Cities series, we’ll examine how smart cities deal with everything from energy management, to disaster preparedness, to public safety, and what it all means for you.

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Features

Has Columbus, Ohio raised its IQ yet? A progress report from the mayor

Two years ago, the city of Columbus in Ohio received $40 million to pursue smart city initiatives. So, what’s happened since then? We spoke with its mayor, Andrew Ginther, to discuss progress and what’s ahead.
Features

Where Toronto sees smart sidewalks, residents see ‘1984.’ So what now?

Google-parent Alphabet is partnering with Toronto to develop a new, smart neighborhood, but some are concerned about privacy and the company’s motives. Could residents derail the project?
Emerging Tech

Electric bikes and scooters are here to save the world! But here’s the thing …

E-bike and e-scooter usage has increased in popularity, but also troublesome. Providing these two-wheeled alternative transports while keeping users safe, is what smart cities are grappling with.
Emerging Tech

Smarter cities need smarter addresses. And you just need 3 words

To make really smart transportation choices, more precise location data will have to be integrated with citywide transportation data. Here’s how one company is mapping the world by using just three words.
Emerging Tech

Michigan’s former transportation chief has some advice for wannabe smart cities

After 31 years as Michigan’s transportation director, Kirk Steudle has seen it all, particularly with smart city projects. He spoke with Digital Trends recently about what makes smart cities work, and offers advice along the way.
Emerging Tech

Driverless cars can only take you so far. This is how smarter cities are being built

Companies and municipalities came together at the annual Smart Mobility Summit, to share new technologies for building smarter cities. They also offered insight into the challenge cities face.
Emerging Tech

Boxy shuttles, not cars, will be people’s first taste of autonomous vehicles

From smart cities to college campuses, several self-driving shuttle projects are in works. But these public transports of the future are facing challenges, such as vandalism and regulatory approval.
Emerging Tech

With cameras that know dogs from Dodges, Honda is making intersections safer

Honda and the city of Marysville, Ohio are working on creating a smart intersection. The goal would not only help better direct the flow of traffic, it could also help save the lives of pedestrians and cyclists.
Emerging Tech

Georgia is paving the way for a high-tech, sustainable highway

A consortium of government, corporate, and non-profit entities have come together to build a “smart” highway in Georgia. See how this 18-mile route is setting an example for future constructions.
Emerging Tech

How tech turned a 700-year-old city into one of Europe’s most futuristic

Throughout the Netherlands, large cities and small towns are implementing smart initiatives to improve quality of life. But first, it studied years of collected data.
Emerging Tech

How 3,000 streetlights turned San Diego into America’s smartest city

San Diego is increasingly being recognized as the smartest city in America, and it all started when it updated its streetlights.
Emerging Tech

For Columbus, a city is only smart if the public is behind it

Columbus, Ohio, has several smart city initiatives in the works, but the biggest challenge could be educating the public of the benefits.
Smart Home

Becoming a smart city takes more than sensors and buzzwords

What makes a smart city? We asked some experts, and they all agree: No city is really there, yet, but many cities are looking to the future.
Smart Home

How Austin brought the human touch to smart city planning

Austin wants to incorporate sensors and other smart technology in areas where it will make the biggest impact, instead of where it will make comfortable lives more comfortable.
Smart Home

Tech is making life in Barcelona better, even if you don’t know it’s there

Barcelona knows when to take out the trash – and a bunch of other crazy data points – thanks to a network of sensors, Wi-Fi, and smart street LED street lights that have made it one of Europe’s premier smart cities.
Smart Home

Sensor-studded Kansas City is like a giant smartphone. Now it just needs apps

Kansas City wants to be one of the U.S.’s smartest cities. It created a sensor-filled 51-block area, but to truly be a smart city, it needs to expand beyond downtown.
Smart Home

Beneath the futuristic architecture, Oslo really is as smart as it looks

Oslo is one of Europe’s most forward-thinking cities and is investing heavily in its smart city programs to help with technology, infrastructure, climate health, and more.
Smart Home

With Panasonic’s help, Denver is building a smart city within a city

Panasonic is helping Denver become a smart city, starting with 400 acres known as Pena Station. It will have autonomous shuttles, smart LED street lights, and more.