Tesla EV truck/semi-charging will be a collaborative venture

Tesla is collaborating with Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo and United Parcel Service Inc to build on-site charging terminals at their facilities as part of the automaker’s efforts to roll out the vehicle next year. Details of the partnerships, which have not been disclosed previously, are still being hammered out, but include design and engineering from Tesla, the companies said. They declined to …

Smart cities are adaptive systems, where interaction between the city’s infrastructure and humans is modeled as a continuous feedback loop and enabled by a supporting cyber-system

“We view smart cities as adaptive systems, where interaction between the city’s infrastructure and humans is modeled as a continuous feedback loop and enabled by a supporting cyber-system,” explains Hector Muñoz-Avila, professor of computer science and engineering. “The infrastructures are themselves connected sharing information, which derives from infrastructure interdependencies, enabling cities to adapt to changes to over time. This includes …

Maintenance: Fungi help concrete to self-heal cracks

CC BY 2.0 Rick Researchers are looking to fungi to help provide a fix for crumbling infrastructure, with promising results. A quick look around at the masses of concrete used to construct buildings, roads, bridges, sidewalks, and other infrastructure reveals that it doesn’t take that long before cracks begin to appear, which if unchecked can go on to compromise the integrity …

Tech sector may be able to help with revamped street design too, aims for “thought leadership on what these new innovations are, and how they might fit into what cities are trying to do”

BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI Fast Company 01.10.18 Imagining The Adaptable, Sensor-Filled Street Of The Future To get there, we need technologists to think more like urban planners, and for urban planners to think more like technologists–and for the two sectors to work together. Conversations about our future cities and streets hinge around smart, interconnected technologies: Think sensors that monitor the progress of autonomous vehicles, stoplights that …

Panel stolen from solar highway that was intended to provide electricity, melt snow, and be able to charge cars

LA Times Jan 2018 China’s heralded ‘solar highway’ closed after thieves stole one of the panels China’s solar energy-collecting highway in Jinan, which opened in December, was forced to close after thieves stole or damaged some of the solar panels. (Getty Images) Jonathan Kaiman It was supposed to be China’s grand “photovoltaic highway” — a solar energy-collecting, 0.6-mile stretch of road …

What Is a City Street? And What Will It Become?

THE CITY NY Mag, Daily Intelligencer, 18 Jan 2018, by Justin Davidson http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/what-is-a-city-street-and-what-will-it-become.html Hey, that’s my block! In 2030 or so. Maybe. Photo-Illustration: Street Plans Collaborative/Carly Clark, via Streetopia The most essential designed component of New York is not a skyscraper or a station, but the street. That basic workhorse of public space carries people, freight, and vehicles on its surface; water, sewage, power, …

Why bikes and e-bikes will eat cars: Cities should prepare for, and encourage, an electric bike revolution

By Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter) on Treehugger.com Transportation / Bikes January 12, 2018 CC BY 2.0 Lloyd Alter/ e-bikes in Copenhagen It seems that all the news coming out of CES is about self-driving cars or autonomous vehicles (AVs), how everybody is working on them, and how they will make the world safe for them. But we have other options and other choices, and perhaps people should step …

Scorching Heat Melts Highway in Australia

By Lorraine Chow, January 2018  Extreme weather is blasting opposite ends of the globe. As the northeastern U.S. faces freezing winds and record snowfall, a “catastrophic” heat wave in Australia has prompted warnings of dangerous bushfire and has literally melted part of a busy highway. According to the New York Times, triple-digit temperatures reached “life-threatening levels” over the weekend in many parts of the …

Worst Case Effects of Hurricanes, Flooding, High Tides, and Sea Level Rise on DelDOT Assets

Delaware DOT and the University of Delaware, 2017 Draft Objectives What are the worst case effects of hurricanes, riverine flooding, high tides, and sea level rise inundation on DelDOT’s assets? The University of Delaware Water Resources Center (UDWRC) and Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research (CADSR) utilized climatic, hydrologic, hydraulic, and geographic information systems (GIS) data to document and …

Why ubiquitous broadband and green ICT go hand-in-hand

Utility/Smart City Dive, By Charles Despins, 15 Aug 2017 Editor’s Note: This piece was written by Charles Despins, co-chair of IEEE Green ICT Initiative. The opinions represented in this piece are independent of Smart Cities Dive’s views. Today, efforts to create “smart communities” bring critical trends, too often considered as unrelated, into sharper focus. However, the solutions to all of these trends – including …