How sensors will change our lives from smoother traffic to smarter garbage

The Optimod’Lyon project in Lyon, east-central France, comprises of 450 sensors spread all over the city to measure the density of traffic. The data they transmit allows the city to predict traffic for the next hour with a reliability rate of over 90%. The idea is that in the future traffic light management and information for public transport users can be adapted accordingly.

This Smart Wheel Makes Cycling in the City a Breeze | Mashable
As city planners and green-energy experts endeavor to find new ways to make our commutes more environmentally friendly, the popularity of bicycle-sharing has exploded in some of the world’s biggest cities. Now a new device promises to make riding around the city even more convenient by adding a smart wheel to your bicycle.
The FlyKly Smart Wheel is a circular device that provides an electric-powered pedal assist after you attach it to the back wheel of your bicycle. Once you start peddling, the motor in the FlyKly starts up, and begins making the ride easier by delivering a boost, depending on your speed. 

This Smart Wheel Makes Cycling in the City a Breeze | Mashable

As city planners and green-energy experts endeavor to find new ways to make our commutes more environmentally friendly, the popularity of bicycle-sharing has exploded in some of the world’s biggest cities. Now a new device promises to make riding around the city even more convenient by adding a smart wheel to your bicycle.

The FlyKly Smart Wheel is a circular device that provides an electric-powered pedal assist after you attach it to the back wheel of your bicycle. Once you start peddling, the motor in the FlyKly starts up, and begins making the ride easier by delivering a boost, depending on your speed. 

Solving transport headaches in the cities of 2050 | BBC Future
With global cities swelling and car use soaring, how will our existing transport systems cope? Ryan Chin at the MIT Media Lab looks at sustainable alternatives that we could see on the streets by 2050.

Solving transport headaches in the cities of 2050 | BBC Future

With global cities swelling and car use soaring, how will our existing transport systems cope? Ryan Chin at the MIT Media Lab looks at sustainable alternatives that we could see on the streets by 2050.

Volvo car parks itself with no driver inside | SmartPlanet
There are plenty of apps out there that make the onerous task of finding parking a little easier. But what if your car just did the parking for you while you went about your business?
Volvo has developed a concept car that parks in a vacant spot all by itself. It’s not hands-free, it’s driver-free.

Volvo car parks itself with no driver inside | SmartPlanet

There are plenty of apps out there that make the onerous task of finding parking a little easier. But what if your car just did the parking for you while you went about your business?

Volvo has developed a concept car that parks in a vacant spot all by itself. It’s not hands-free, it’s driver-free.

Utah Develops Wireless Charging for Buses | ThisBigCity
Breakthroughs in inductive power transfer are promising to transform the prospects for electric buses. In July 2011, the Utah State University (USU) Research Foundation demonstrated a 90% electrical transfer efficiency of 5kW over an air gap of 10 inches. The breakthrough made inductive power transfer viable for buses, potentially minimising pollution in urban centres and saving costs.

Utah Develops Wireless Charging for Buses | ThisBigCity

Breakthroughs in inductive power transfer are promising to transform the prospects for electric buses. In July 2011, the Utah State University (USU) Research Foundation demonstrated a 90% electrical transfer efficiency of 5kW over an air gap of 10 inches. The breakthrough made inductive power transfer viable for buses, potentially minimising pollution in urban centres and saving costs.

Data Makes Dubuque, Iowa Smart and Sustainable | Government Technology
Data is an intangible and powerful tool, the city of Dubuque, Iowa, discovered over the past few years. The city partnered with IBM Research in 2009 to create an initiative called Smarter Sustainable Dubuque. Aligned with Mayor Roy Buol’s platform of engaging citizens as partners, Smarter Sustainable Dubuque has deployed several pilot programs aimed at encouraging sustainable practices. The city now more closely monitors utility and transportation data, shares that data with its population, and reaps the benefits of smarter decision-making.

Data Makes Dubuque, Iowa Smart and Sustainable | Government Technology

Data is an intangible and powerful tool, the city of Dubuque, Iowa, discovered over the past few years. The city partnered with IBM Research in 2009 to create an initiative called Smarter Sustainable Dubuque. Aligned with Mayor Roy Buol’s platform of engaging citizens as partners, Smarter Sustainable Dubuque has deployed several pilot programs aimed at encouraging sustainable practices. The city now more closely monitors utility and transportation data, shares that data with its population, and reaps the benefits of smarter decision-making.