These Streetlights Are Great For The Planet — But Maybe Not For Your Health

Even though they save energy, some light-emitting diode (or LED) streetlights are too bright and may actually be putting your health and security at risk, according to new recommendations from the American Medical Association, the largest professional association of doctors in the U.S.

The benefits of LED lights include a lot of energy and cost savings. They use up to 50 percent less energy than conventional lights. And the lifetime of LED lights is two to four times that of older, non-LED lights, which means lower maintenance costs for cities that need to change a street’s lightbulbs when they go out. More>>

‘Socially-cooperative’ cars are part of the future of driverless vehicles, says CMU professor

Driverless cars are our future, with nearly every automaker racing to create their own version of autonomous vehicles. But autonomous systems still have a long way to go—and the cues and signals that human drivers know instinctively are not second-nature for our machines. More>>

U.S. Department of Transportation Partners with Continental Automotive for Smart City Challenge

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that Continental Automotive has become a partner in the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)’s Smart City Challenge. The Smart City Challenge is a competition which will create a fully integrated, first-of-its-kind city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future.  Under the partnership, Continental will offer the winning city $1 million worth of hardware and labor for the deployment of “smart intersection” systems. This revolutionary vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology will help the winning city define what it means to be a “Smart City” and fully integrate innovative technologies. More>>

Columbus Tops 6 Other Finalists to Win USDOT’s ‘Smart City Challenge’

While the U.S. Department of Transportation hadn’t yet officially announced the winner of the first-ever Smart City Challenge, there was plenty of excitement in Columbus on Tuesday afternoon with news, reported by The Columbus Dispatch, that Ohio’s capital came out on top among six other finalist cities with its plan to improve local mobility through investments in connected transportation technologies. More>>

U.S. Department of Transportation: All Seven Finalists in the Smart City Challenge to Benefit from Continued Collaboration with Government and Private Sector Partners

ASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced that it will collaborate with government and private sector partners to help all seven finalist cities in the Smart City Challenge – not just the challenge winner –move forward with ideas that each city developed over the past six months.

This collaboration will include continued support from Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc., and will focus resources from across the federal government and the private sector to support innovation in the cities of Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco. More>>

Next-gen light bulb could turn any surface into a computer screen, as envisioned by CMU professor

“The idea is you can take your office desk lamp and screw in an info bulb. And the protons would hit your surface. We can project interactive applications onto your tabletop and it can read the information on it, and find relevant keywords. It can do a Google search, it can tag it. Even a written note, it can superimpose on the note to check your spelling, check your math, and augment the world,” [Chris Harrison] said. More>>

Tracking Detroit’s Blighted Property Demolitions Like Packages or Pizzas

Detroit’s newly released online tool has an interactive map that includes information about contracts to take down individual structures. Data about the demolition of thousands of vacant and abandoned buildings in Detroit became available Thursday through a new online tracking tool developed by the city find out hereMore>>

This New Satellite Project Helps People Find Patterns in Pittsburgh and Other Cities

A new project is helping people find lovely patterns and strange similarities in cities around the globe. Terrapattern launched last month, Anzilotti reports, and its concept is deceptively simple: Use satellite images to track specific visual features around large geographical regions. The open-source project uses machine learning to help people find places that look the same. More>>

CMU professor Kanade named one of three recipients of Kyoto Prize

CMU professor Takeo Kanade, who has helped pioneer the field of autonomous vehicles, is named a recipient of Kyoto Prize. More>>

Pittsburgh gets its own smartphone architecture guide

Jaunt Pittsburgh is an app that provides navigation to a curated list of historic and contemporary architecture throughout the city, and can be downloaded for free for from Apple’s App Store or Google play. More>>