November 21, 2019

Autonomous Vehicles: The Modern Day Trolley Problem and the True Cost of Progress

A runaway trolley is moving toward a group of five people who are tied up on the tracks. You are near a switch that could divert the trolley’s path to a side track, but doing so would kill one person on that track line.

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November 6, 2019

The Car Didn’t Bark: Why ‘Near Misses’ Are Critical

When something happens, it generates data. But what about when something nearly happens, but doesn’t?

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October 21, 2019

Why UPS Avoids Left Turns – and What Cities Can Learn from It

Federal research shows that about forty percent of car crashes occur in intersections, most of them due to left-hand turns. One company has been aware of this for over a decade.

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August 21, 2019

Budgeting in the Age of Cloud Computing

Cloud infrastructure has proven to increase effectiveness, however many government agencies have failed to implement it. How can they do so within a reasonable budget?

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August 20, 2019

Rewriting History: What If the US Federal Highway System Had Not Been Built?

Let’s consider an alternate reality in which Eisenhower did not win the presidency. In that case, what would the USA look like without the federal highway system?

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July 26, 2019

Self-Driving Cars: Why It’s Taking So Long

Why is it taking so long for self-driven cars to take over our roads? So many lives could be saved! Here is the rather sad answer.

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May 10, 2019

Can We Get Drivers to Slow Down?

Of some 40,000 traffic deaths in the US every year, almost a fourth (9,723) were directly the result of excessive speed. The question is, how can we get drivers to slow down – and save lives?

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February 5, 2019

Why Curitiba, Brazil, is Not Houston, Texas

Curitiba is a Brazilian city a thousand miles south of Brazilia, capital of the state of Parana, and built to replicate the futuristic city to the north. In 1972, cars were banned. No cars in center-city Curitiba!

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