Prototype PNNL, UW webapp predicts parking space availability for delivery drivers

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The webapp combines curbside maps with data from nearly 300 sensors placed within 74 parking spaces in commercial and passenger loading zones from 1 st to 3 rd avenues and between Battery and Stewart streets in the Belltown neighborhood in downtown Seattle. Big Data Connected vehicles Freight Market Background Sensors

Anaheim Transportation Network receives $5M to further all-electric transit operation; partners with AMPLY Power

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ATN’s public transportation network plays an important role in connection of residents, visitors and employees to numerous regional employment centers.


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Electric shuttles to start service in south Sacramento

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SacRT began piloting the service in February 2018 in partnership with the Franklin Neighborhood Development Corporation using compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

U-M, Ford open robotics complex to accelerate future of advanced, more equitable robotics and mobility

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As Ford continues the most profound transformation in our history with electrification, connectivity and automation, advancing our collaboration with the University of Michigan will help us accelerate superior experiences for our customers while modernizing our business.

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Ford first to test autonomous vehicle at U Michigan Mcity

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Ford has been testing autonomous vehicles for more than 10 years and is now expanding testing on the diversity of roads and realistic neighborhoods of Mcity near the North Campus Research Complex to accelerate research of advanced sensing technologies. Autonomous driving Connected vehicles Controls and controllers SensorsFord is the first automaker to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity—the full-scale simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan.

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Columbus, Ohio wins $40M DOT Smart City Challenge; $10M more from Vulcan, $90M from private partners

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The city proposed to deploy three electric self-driving shuttles to link a new bus rapid transit center to a retail district, connecting more residents to jobs. Columbus also plans to use data analytics to improve health care access in a neighborhood that currently has an infant mortality rate four times that of the national average, allowing them to provide improved transportation options to those most in need of prenatal care.

Ford, Bedrock and Bosch exploring highly automated vehicle technology in Detroit to help make parking easier

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Ford Motor Company, Bedrock and Bosch are launching a demonstration project with connected Ford Escape test vehicles that can drive and park themselves inside Bedrock’s Assembly Garage in Detroit using Bosch smart infrastructure.

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Toyota to build prototype city of the future, powered by hydrogen fuel cells

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Called the Woven City , it will be a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Both neighborhood parks and a large central park for recreation, as well as a central plaza for social gatherings, are designed to bring the community together.

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Univ of Utah studies find up to 27 seconds of mental distraction for drivers after using new hands-free technologies

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High distraction systems were the Ford Taurus with Sync MyFord Touch (3.1); Chevy Malibu with MyLink (3.4); Volkswagen Passat with Car-Net (3.5); Nissan Altima with Nissan Connect (3.7); Chrysler 200c with Uconnect (3.8); and Hyundai Sonata with Blue Link (3.8). The Mazda 6’s Connect system rated very highly distracting (4.6). Behavior Connected vehicles Driver Assistance Systems Internet of Things

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New Flyer supports San Francisco launch of emission-reducing Green Zones; geofencing for EV mode

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has successfully met and supported the launch of the San Francisco Green Zone requirement, using New Flyer Connect to execute GPS-triggered (geofencing) functionality with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and BAE Systems PLC (BAE). New Flyer Connect paired with BAE’s Hybrid Drive System and an increased battery package to provide electric-only propulsion for select portions of intercity routes. New Flyer of America Inc.

IBM, Honda, and PG&E partner on smarter charging for EVs; utilities to communicate charging instructions directly based on grid conditions

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For example, the program can determine how many EVs are plugged in one neighborhood and the time it will take for each to reach a full charge. This technology coupled with the ability to communicate directly with charging stations via a GPS system, will offer consumers a “connected” driving experience. Connected vehicles Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Plug-ins Smart charging Smart GridIBM has teamed with American Honda Motor Co.,

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BMW unveils the production i3 in New York, London and Beijing; efficiency, dynamics and a supporting ecosystem of services

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To ensure maximum safety in a crash scenario, the high-voltage battery is disconnected from the high-voltage system and the connected components discharged when the passenger restraint systems are triggered. In addition to the LifeDrive architecture, the principle of lightweight design also governs the aluminium drive module and the connection between the two elements. This includes BMW Connected Drive and the 360° ELECTRIC services, some of which are options.

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Bosch launches eScooter sharing service under new Coup brand

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Two hundred connected and all-electric scooters produced by Gogoro, a leading eScooter brand, will be available for the launch in Berlin. The company is already working on solutions for connected parking management, cloud-based fleet management, and app-based mobility assistants that support the multimodal use of different types of transport. At launch, 200 connected eScooters will be available in the Berlin neighborhoods of Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, and Kreuzberg.

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Swaying toward EV mobility

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Attacking the problem The idea for Sway Mobility came in 2017, when Peters was working in sustainability with different neighborhoods in Cleveland. “I Once in Cleveland, he connected with Tim Benford, President of Drive Electric Dayton , who inspired him to join the Northeast Ohio chapter.

CARB approves updated “At-Berth” regulation, expanding efforts to cut pollution from ships in California ports

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Ships or terminals that are unable to connect a vessel to an emissions control technology (due to equipment failure, port congestion, etc.) These funds must be used for environmental projects that will benefit port-adjacent neighborhoods. The California Air Resources Board approved a new regulation designed to reduce pollution further from ocean-going vessels while docked at California’s busiest ports. The rule builds on progress achieved by the At-Berth Regulation adopted in 2007.

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LADOT partnering with GMV and ViriCiti for e-bus management and maintenance

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LADOT Transit is the operating division of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation responsible for providing commuter bus, neighborhood circulator bus, on-demand first-mile/last-mile service and accessible transportation for seniors and the disabled. ViriCiti started in 2012 with a focus on electric buses and trucks and is now market leader in the United States and Europe, with more than 3,500 buses and chargers connected to its platform.

SEAT unveiling MEB-based el-Born EV at Geneva; in-market in 2020

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The SEAT el-Born concept fuses the core aspects driving change in the automotive industry: electrification, autonomous driving, shared-mobility and connectivity. The concept car is named after one of the most iconic neighborhood of Barcelona—an inspiration for designers and engineers of SEAT who have created a sporty vehicle with the most advanced electric technology.

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INRIX: shared bikes and scooters could replace nearly 50% of downtown vehicle trips

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Analyzing trillions of anonymous data points from hundreds of millions of connected devices, INRIX ranked the top American, British and German cities where micromobility services have the most potential to reduce vehicle trips. With congestion tolling and the expansion of protected bike lanes in New York City, shared micromobility services could safely provide critical first- and last-mile connections to neighborhoods throughout the city.

2019 221

CEO Mary Barra & General Motors Make Sure The Greenius Is Rewarded For His Many Years Of EV Advocacy

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It’s rare when consumer karma actually works out for any buyer of any product made today, but then again, your friendly neighborhood Greenius is not your usual consumer. That’s me on January 16, 2017, with my brand new Chevy Bolt EV Premier edition in my garage at home.

Nissan and DeNA unveil Easy Ride robo-vehicle mobility service in Yokohama

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The two companies aim to combine the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision, through technological assets in autonomous driving, vehicle electrification and connected cars, with DeNA’s experience in developing and operating driverless mobility services using its expertise in the internet and artificial intelligence. With customers able to discover new local destinations through Easy Ride, the companies expect the service will also help energize cities and neighborhoods.

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Electrify America, Sacramento announce Green City investments: ZEV car-sharing, ZEV bus and shuttle routes, EV charging systems

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Perfect for a first-mile-last-mile connection, the user either pays for rental time or distance traveled, whichever is less expensive. More than 90 percent of the micro-shuttle’s service territory is in a low-income or disadvantaged Sacramento neighborhood.

2018 210

ToxicTown Torrance to Hold Public Forum on Chemical Threat

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Your friendly neighborhood Greenius wrote seven months ago about the chemical problems the City of Torrance , known throughout the South Bay as ToxicTown (when it isn’t going under its new official designation as a Blighted Community) , but not a single person on the City Council, in City Government or connected with the city in any way cares enough about this issue to address it.

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UCLA orders all-electric shuttle bus powered by Motiv Power Systems

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UCLA’s shuttle bus will be equipped with a wheelchair lift, space for two wheelchairs, WiFi connectivity and bicycle racks on the outside of the vehicle. The six buses are free to the public and transport residents and visitors through the city between neighborhoods, shopping centers, medical complexes, city facilities and recreation areas.

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Los Angeles launches New Mobility Challenge 2018

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For the second year running, Los Angeles is inviting innovative and environmentally-friendly entrepreneurs from around the world to push the envelope on urban mobility solutions from ride-sharing and zero-emission electric bikes and scooters to self-driving vehicles and flying cars.

PM2.5 pollution linked to higher glaucoma risk

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People in neighborhoods with higher amounts of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5 ) pollution were at least 6% more likely to report having glaucoma than those in the least-polluted areas, according to the findings published in an open-access paper in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. It most commonly results from a build-up of pressure from fluid in the eye, causing damage to the optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain.

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NYU Researchers Pave the Way for Future Shared Mobility

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Acknowledging the rapid growth of e-scooter adoption, the NYU researchers looked specifically at the role that these vehicles play for the first and last mile in connecting travelers to public transit. This article is sponsored by NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Four Motiv electric shuttle buses deployed in one-year demo in Mountain View, CA

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The Mountain View Community Shuttle service is aimed at moving residents and visitors through the City between neighborhoods, shopping centers, medical complexes, City facilities, and recreation areas. The four electric shuttles are free to the public and are equipped with seating for 16 passengers, a wheelchair lift, space for two wheelchairs, WiFi connectivity and bicycle racks on the outside of the vehicle.

2015 191

National Academies report finds US interstate highways need major overhaul; calls for 20-year blueprint for action

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The highways serve as both urban commuter and inter-urban travel corridors, integrate the country’s freight system by connecting to major ports and rail hubs, and are critical to the logistics of national defense. In addition, Congress should direct US DOT and FHWA—working with states, industry, and independent technical experts—to start planning for the transition to more automated and connected vehicle operations, the committee said.

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Riding Into A Better Future @ South Bay Bike Night

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Your friendly neighborhood Greenius has been a proud member of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition ever since there was one, and I’ve been on the Board of Directors just as long. That’s the 20 year plan that lays out the blueprint for connecting bikeways in the cities of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Lawndale and Gardena.

2015 197

BMW i Ventures makes strategic investment in Scoop; carpooling mobile application

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The Scoop app automatically connects co-workers and neighbors who live in the same neighborhood and travel to the same work area. BMW i Ventures announced a strategic investment in Scoop Technologies , Inc., creators of the carpooling mobile application “Scoop”. Since launching in August 2015, Scoop commuters have taken more than 40,000 trips, offsetting nearly 500,000 in commute mileage for riders.

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President Obama, DOT Secretary Foxx announce $600M for 6th round of TIGER funding for transportation projects

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The TIGER 2014 grant program will place an emphasis on projects that support reliable, safe and affordable transportation options that improve connections for both urban and rural communities. DOT will prioritize applications for capital projects that better connect people to jobs, training and other opportunities, promote neighborhood redevelopment and reconnect neighborhoods divided by physical barriers, such as highways and railroads.

2014 210

What’s In It For Me?

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Sure I’m a white guy and a card carrying member of the Lucky Sperm Club , but my family roots connect me with the struggles of a broader community with whom I share deep kinship. Neither of them with any money, any education beyond high school, or any connections. I was in Carson California last month at their City Council meeting to speak on behalf of the resolution I asked them to pass to approve participating in a feasibility study on community choice aggregation (CCA). .

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Proud of its roots

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The DEVC has been involved with legislation regarding tax credits for EVs, imposition of fees to compensate for loss in state gas tax revenue, regulations on e-bikes and neighborhood electric street vehicles, and many other issues.

Li-ion maker Boston-Power launches module system for EV and ESS applications; no-weld integration

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Key to the Ensemble solution is its novel pressure-connect approach to module assembly which completely eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming cell welding. The Swing 5300 cell is targeted at a wide range of applications including Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV), Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV), and Stationary Energy Storage. Li-ion battery maker Boston-Power Inc.

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GM and ABB demonstrate community energy storage system built from 5 used Volt batteries; Duke Energy testing

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The modular air-cooled unit, which can provide about 25 kW of power for about 2 hours (50 kWh of energy capacity), is envisioned to be paired with a neighborhood transformer, said Dan Sowder from Duke Energy, which is putting one of the units into test. The system can be connected to single phase or three phase; the round-trip efficiency is just under 86%, ABB said.

2012 280

Air Quality: Easy to Measure, Tough to Fix

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All outdoor activity in my neighborhood ceased for weeks, yet staying indoors didn't guarantee relief. I had the monitor installed, working, and connected to the Airthings app less than 10 minutes after it arrived at my doorstep, in June. Harry Campbell.

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Road Trip: 2021 Volkswagen ID4

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The turning radius was impressive, making for easy U-turns in your neighborhood. The front end leads off with a distinctive illuminated light bar, which runs horizontally through the VW badge, connecting the sleek LED projector headlights located on the outer fender edges.

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EDI offering Class 3 plug-in hybrid utility truck

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The EDI-Drive system automatically adapts its functions so it can operate as either a pure electric vehicle (EV) for trips around the neighborhood, or as a Series Hybrid, optimum for stop-and-go city traffic conditions, or as an efficient Parallel Hybrid that is ideal for the highway. EDI said it will also form industry partnerships, merging state of the art electrification technologies to bring a best in class “most efficient and connected work truck” to the world.

2015 179

California Energy Commission awards $750K to Electricore to study standardization of plug-in vehicle batteries

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The system will be connected to the state’s electricity grid and will be capable of operating either independently or in conjunction with the grid, resulting in greater levels of energy security using renewable energy. Measurements will be taken for all significant possible sources of emissions and leaks, including the production, processing, transmission, and distribution of natural gas in buildings, neighborhoods, facilities, and regional settings.

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Study links air pollution to heightened risk of Type 2 diabetes in overweight and obese Latino children

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The study, the researchers said, is the first to follow children for years to find a connection between air pollution and diabetes risk in children. The children lived in neighborhoods that, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, had excess nitrogen dioxide and PM 2.5.

2017 195

A Well Earned, Guilt Free #YearOfJoe

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Ladies and gentlemen your friendly neighborhood Greenius has hit the wall. I had no family connections, inheritance or trust fund. I am dog tired. And I’m cranky – angry even – I’ve got no patience left. My lips no longer pucker to kiss politicians ass and I find that I can no longer suffer fools gladly. I need a break, right now, before I snap. So I’m finally taking one. A year-long one. A #YearOfJoe sabbatical. Starting on my 60th birthday next month.

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Wrightspeed unveils new turbine range extender for medium- and heavy-duty electric powertrains; 30% more efficient than current microturbine generators

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In addition, the Fulcrum will make for a smooth, comfortable ride for drivers and a quiet, clean experience for neighborhoods because of its ultra-low vibration. The intercooler (yellow) is shown, but not connected to the turbine. Wrightspeed Inc.,

2015 297

Routing the Cables Underneath

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Not surprisingly, we need to connect the batteries in back with the batteries in front and also include the main circuit breaker under the parking brake. I tie-wrapped battery terminal covers over the breaker connections to protect them as well. This is one of the neighborhood students named Joseph. These lines are typically routed under the car in the trough left by the exhaust system. Many people use pool tubing to protect the battery cables from road dirt.

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