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Tesla is recruiting designers in China to create its first city car

Tesla thinks it would be "super cool" to design a vehicle in China for the global market, and it has started laying the groundwork for an engineering center in the world's largest electric car market. It released a sketch that suggests the model might take the form of a city car positioned below the Model 3.
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Harman wants to harness 5G to make streets safer for pedestrians

Harman wants to use 5G connectivity to allow cars to scan for signals from nearby people and objects. This could help prevent collisions between cars and pedestrians, Harman claims. The company unveiled this concept at CES 2020, but was light on details about production potential.
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Toyota’s smart city will be full of autonomous cars, smart homes, robots

Toyota plans to build an entire city to test out different technologies. Called Woven City, it will house 2,000 people in sustainable buildings, with streets crisscrossed by self-driving cars. Toyota also plans to integrate robots and smart home tech in Woven City, which will be located in Japan.

Hitching a ride in Audi’s AI:Me, the autonomous city car of the future

Audi completely re-imagined the car interior by going electric and autonomous, and Digital Trends took a ride in the AI:Me to check it out. Its steering wheel tucks under a wood table, its infotainment system tracks your stare, and it's compatible with virtual reality technology.
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Who needs 5G? In Japan, this smart city does what its citizens need, right now

Smart cities are often seen as hives of future tech, only made possible with high speed connections and autonomous cars. In the Japanese city of Fukuoka, messaging app Line is already operating a smart city -- just in a different way than you may expect. Instead of focusing on the future, it concentrates on helping its citizens right now.
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New Orleans targeted by ransomware attack, forced to shut down city network

The city of New Orleans has been the target of a cyberattack which lead to city officials shutting down the city's network and declaring a state of emergency, as reported by Forbes. This follows a number of high-profile attacks against city infrastructure in the U.S.

FedEx’s autonomous delivery robot sent packing by New York City

FedEx's delivery robot only made a short trip as part of a promotion, but when New York City officials learned about the outing, they sent the machine packing. A cease-and-desist letter sent to the shipping giant warned of dire consequences if it rolled the robot onto the city’s streets again without prior permission.

AT&T is bringing LTE-speed 5G to customers in five cities next month

AT&T is finally ready to release 5G to the public -- though the version of 5G that the carrier will roll out to customers will only be around as fast as high-speed LTE networks. The tech will roll out to five cities in the first half of December, with a further 10 cities coming by February.
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Waymo and Renault eye Paris for full-fledged robo-taxi service

Waymo and Renault are exploring the idea of launching a robo-taxi service in Paris for a route between Charles de Gaulle Airport and a major business district about 20 miles away. If it goes ahead, it would mark the first time for Waymo to take its autonomous-vehicle technology overseas.
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Saudi prince is planning a futuristic city with robot dinosaurs and flying cars

Want to live in a city featuring drone taxis, A.I. maids, glow-in-the-dark beaches, artificial rain, and robot dinosaurs? It sounds like something straight out of a Michael Crichton techno-thriller, but it’s actually a real proposal by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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The Rev-1 delivery robot is fast enough to hit the bike lane

Tootling into view is yet another wheel-based delivery robot, this one from U.S. startup Refraction A.I. The autonomous Rev-1 robot is designed for last-mile deliveries, has enough space for around five grocery bags, and is said to be faster and cheaper than many of its rivals.
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Ford’s bipedal delivery robot can walk straight up to your doorstep

Autonomous wheeled delivery robots are seemingly everywhere in 2019. Oregon-based startup Agility Robotics has a different idea, however. Its cutting edge Digit robot carries out deliveries while walking on two legs. Here's why Agility thinks that's a necessary innovation.
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The rise and reign of Starship, the world’s first robotic delivery provider

Excited about the impending delivery robot revolution? If so, you need to know about Starship Technologies, the company which kickstarted the whole thing. Founded by two of the original creators of Skype, Starship is poised to change the world of deliveries. Here's what you need to know.
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Most cities can’t deal with escooters. Charlotte, N.C., wants to show them how

The city of Charlotte, North Carolina believes that e-scooters can have a positive impact on the world, so it's partnered with a shipping logistics company to figure out the best way for cities all over the globe to welcome micromobility startups onto their streets and sidewalks.
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Smart city planners are rethinking parking by getting rid of it

What will parking look like in smart cities of the future? Will we even need parking spaces? With the rise of autonomous cars, it’s anticipated that fewer people will own cars in the future, forcing planners to reimagine concepts for parking — or getting rid of parking lots and structures altogether.
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Ericsson is rolling out 5G right now, CEO Ekholm says at MWC

Wondering about the status of 5G? This is no pipe dream, Ericsson's CEO Börje Ekholm explained during a press event on Monday morning< february 25, at Mobile World Congress 2019. It's real. And it's happening now.
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Audi taught cars to talk to traffic lights, and they’re set to be even chattier

Audi started teaching its cars the language of traffic lights in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2016, and it has continued to expand the reach of this technology ever since. Digital Trends talked to one of the company's connectivity experts to find out how traffic light information technology works, and what's next for it.
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Singapore uses its smart city tech to help citizens cut through the red tape

Like many governments, Singapore’s puts citizens through plenty of red tape. But as part of its smart-city initiatives, the government is using tech to help guide residents through “moments of life,” such as enrolling kids in schools, obtaining a driver’s license, or even dealing with bereavement.
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In smart cities, 5G won’t just lessen congestion, it could save lives too

We all know 5G wireless networks are part of a smart city plan, but how will they benefit? When it comes to cars, it could help with congestion. For citizens, it could keep them safe and alive. We spoke with Qualcomm and Verizon during the 2019 CES on how they’re leading the effort.
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Amazon is building a fleet of autonomous robots to deliver packages to your door

Amazon has announced the launch of a new delivery robot service called Amazon Scout. To start with, a fleet of six of these robots will be deployed on a trial basis in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington. Should all go well, other locations will presumably follow suit before too long.
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Today, hacks are annoying. In future smart cities, they could kill

Corporate security breaches are becoming so common that people now accept them as part of a digital future. But for smart cities, system hacks could prove far dangerous for citizens, potentially causing havoc to municipality services. Here’s what companies and cities are doing to secure their systems.
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Cities looking to get smart take a lesson from an iconic shopping mall

From Disney World to the Mall of America, public venues are turning out to be microcosms for smart city projects. Cities and towns looking to up their infrastructure game can extrapolate from the experience of major sports stadiums, for example, as demonstrations of what happens when you offer free Wi-Fi to 70,000 people. And metropolitan areas can learn from shopping hubs that have installed Bluetooth to pinpoint consumers.
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Intel wants its fleet of drones to monitor America’s aging, unsafe bridges

Intel has signed a deal with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to use its Falcon 8+ drones to carry out bridge inspections. The hope is that these drones will be useful in spotting potential problems before they become serious.
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Has Columbus, Ohio raised its IQ yet? A progress report from the mayor

The city of Columbus, Ohio, won $40 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to pursue smart city initiatives, beating 77 other U.S. cities. We spoke with its mayor, Andrew Ginther, to discuss progress and what’s ahead, and why Columbus is the best place to test new technologies.

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

Citing personal data and privacy concerns, consumer advocates in Toronto are raising alarm about Alphabet’s plans to transform a derelict neighborhood into a smart city. Here’s what you need to know about the Sidewalk Toronto project.
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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 with commuters and tourists, but they have also become troublesome for city planners, not to mention dangerous. Providing these two-wheeled alternative transports while keeping users safe, is what smart cities are grappling with.
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Smarter cities need smarter addresses. And you just need 3 words

In a smart city of drones and self-driving cars, the address systems of yore aren’t good enough. What3Words is a company that devised a smarter version that uses just three words, yet is far more precise. And it’s already in use now.
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Michigan’s former transportation chief has some advice for wannabe smart cities

Kirk Steudle, the former director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, knows a thing or two about building smart cities. Speaking with Digital Trends before his retirement, Steudle shares with us what cities need to do if they want to get smarter.
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Driverless cars can only take you so far. This is how smarter cities are being built

At the annual Smart Mobility Summit, companies and municipalities came together to share new technologies for building smarter cities. They also share insight on the successes and challenges. Here are the highlights from the 2018 meeting.
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Boxy shuttles, not cars, will be people’s first taste of autonomous vehicles

In smart cities and on college campuses, several self-driving shuttle projects are in works. But these public transports of the future, and the companies that make them, are facing challenges, such as vandalism and regulatory approval. See how they and the communities that support them are working through the hurdles.
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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.
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Georgia is paving the way for a high-tech, sustainable highway

In Georgia, a section of Interstate 85 has become a real-world laboratory for new technologies that could be incorporated in future road constructions. See why The Ray is the future of highways.
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Are smart cities as safe as we think they are? Security experts say not yet

New research by non-for-profit global security association ISACA has revealed that security experts believe that malware, ransomware, and denial of service attacks continue to pose a threat to smart city infrastructure, including the energy sector, communications, and financial services.
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CES 2018 will have an extra focus on smart cities and the impact of IoT

Smart Cities technology is front and center at this year's CES, including subjects like smart transportation and smart energy.