NYC residents can track snow plows online this weekend using PlowNYC


As the massive snow storm dubbed Nemo moves through the Northeast portion of the United States this weekend, people living within New York City will be able to keep track of the snow levels coating nearby streets using a public Web service called PlowNYC. After the city’s last major blizzard during December 2010, Mayor Bloomberg was criticized for by local politician and residents for failing to react quickly enough to the snowfall and taking far too long to clear certain portions of the city. Bloomberg pushed the PlowNYC initiative forward in response to those critics and the program officially launched during February 2012.

nyc snow plowWith forecasts of at least a foot of snow being dumped on portions of the NYC this weekend, snowstorm Nemo will be the first large scale test of the PlowNYC system. According to launch data, approximately 1,700 city vehicles and thousands of plow trucks have been equipped with GPS systems.

When all the vehicles are in operation, the system gathers approximately 15,000 data points per minute and plots that data on a map of New York City. As the data is collected, a new version of the map goes live every thirty minutes.

Residents can visit the PlowNYC site and enter their home or work address in order to check the progress of the snow plows in the area. When clicking on a specific street, the map includes the date and time the street was last cleared by a snow plow or salted for safer driving. In addition, residents will be able to view which streets are of higher priority than others using the color coding on the map. While residents can still use the 311 service to request a snow plow service on their road, the priority level for that request is ultimately set by the information found on the PlowNYC site. 

During January 2012, Chicago government officials launched a similar service called Plow Tracker. Also using GPS data, residents can view where snow plows are located around the city. In addition, a group called Open City utilizes the same set of data points and incorporates that information into an application called Clear Streets. Using a resident’s address, this application can tell Chicago residents if their street was plowed recently. 


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.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix right now (February 2019)

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Movies & TV

An Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series might be headed to Disney Plus

Disney is bringing the full weight of its massive content library to its own streaming service in 2019. How will Disney Plus compare to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime? Here's what we know so far.

From the beta to dark zones, here's everything we know about The Division 2

The Division 2, the sequel to Ubisoft's most successful new franchise, arrives on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 15. The Division 2 has a new setting, interesting new systems, and much more. Here's everything we know about The Division 2.

Microsoft extension adds Google Chrome support for Windows Timeline

The Windows Timeline feature is now much more versatile thanks to the added support for Google's Chrome browser. All you need to do to increase its functionality is to download the official Chrome extension.
Movies & TV

Here’s how to watch the 2019 Oscars livestream online

The 91st Academy Awards will air live on ABC, but there are also a number of ways to watch Hollywood's biggest night online using your mobile device, desktop, or set-top streamer. Here's how to catch the Oscars livestream.

YouTube changes its strikes system, offers softer first-offense penalty

YouTube announced changes to its strikes system for its content creators. The changes include a softer first-offense penalty for creators who violate YouTube's guidelines and more consistent penalties for further violations.

An experimental feature could help reduce memory usage in Google Chrome

Google Chrome might be the most popular web browser, but it also is a resource hog. Google is currently working on an experimental feature for Chrome which sets out to reduce its overall memory usage. 

Need a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator? Here are our favorites

Photoshop and other commercial tools can be expensive, but drawing software doesn't need to be. The best free drawing software is just as powerful as some of the more expensive offerings.

Edit, sign, append, and save with six of the best PDF editors

Though there are plenty of PDF editors to be had online, finding a solution with the tools you need can be tough. Here are the best PDF editors for your editing needs, no matter your budget or OS.

Rid yourself of website notification requests in just a few easy steps

Wish you knew how to block browser and website notifications? You can do it on a case by case basis, but that can become dull after the 10th site has asked for your approval. Here's how to block them outright.

Don't take your provider's word for it. Here's how to test your internet speed

If you're worried that you aren't getting the most from your internet package, speed tests are a great way to find out what your real connection is capable of. Here are the best internet speed tests available today.

The best place to print photos online in 2019

Have you been looking around for the best place to print out your favorite photos online or in store? Don't fret, we've pored through dozens of options and narrowed it down to the seven best.

These are the coolest games you can play on your Google Chrome browser right now

Not only is Google Chrome a fantastic web browser, it's also a versatile gaming platform that you can access from just about anywhere. Here are a few of our favorite titles for the platform.