Published on 28.03.2015
Increasing urbanization is putting unprecedented pressure on city mayors to constantly balance the challenge of resource constraints against environmental sustainability concerns. Gartner, Inc., an American research organisation, estimates in a recent report that 1.1 billion connected things will be used by smart cities in 2015, rising to 9.7 billion by 2020.
Published on 23.02.2015
Volvo Cars presents a unique, complete system solution that makes it possible to integrate self-driving cars into real traffic - with ordinary people in the driver's seat. As the Drive Me project enters its second year, Volvo Cars is moving rapidly towards the aim of placing 100 self-driving cars in the hands of customers on selected roads around Gothenburg by 2017. The key to making this unprecedented leap is a complex network of sensors, cloud-based positioning systems and intelligent braking and steering technologies.
Published on 18.02.2015
Volvo Cars, the Swedish Transport Administration and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration are working together on a project to enable cars to share information about conditions that relate to road friction (such as icy patches). The information will be shared through a cloud-based network – a revolutionary approach to improving traffic safety. And with the test fleet now expanding from about 50 cars to 1000, the project is moving rapidly towards its goal of making the technology available to customers within a few years’ time.
Published on 16.02.2015
The largest US cities—New York, Los Angeles and Chicago—score best in economic factors but are hindered by poor transportation infrastructure, lack of green spaces and diminishing affordable housing, according to the inaugural Sustainable Cities Index by Arcadis, a leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm. Well established European cities come top of the overall rankings, with Frankfurt in first place, followed by London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Asian cities show the most divergence, with Seoul, Hong Kong and Singapore in the top ten and Manila, Mumbai, Wuhan and New Delhi forming four of the bottom five cites. No North American city makes it into the top ten. Toronto is the highest ranked at 12th; Boston (15th) and Chicago (19th) are the most sustainable US cities.
Published on 31.01.2015
Autonomous cars are expected to increase road network capacity and reduce the disutility of travel time. Scientists from the Imperial College London employed traffic microsimulation techniques to jointly analyze these issues. They show in their report that under certain circumstances these benefits may be in conflict.