Japan progresses plans to upgrade electric vehicle charging infrastructure

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Contract with ABB is part of a broader push to accelerate the nation’s shift towards sustainable mobility with a target of increasing the share of EVs and plug-in hybrids to between 20-30 per cent by 2030. Japan’s e-Mobility Power Company (eMP) has selected ABB to help support the upgrading of the country’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. To modernise the EV charging infrastructure, eMP will replace obsolete chargers with more than ABB 250 Terra 184 units. Deliveries are scheduled to begin this autumn. Sustainable mobility The contract is part of…

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Social Energy to support development of smart grid in London and beyond

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Homeowners will have the opportunity to take part in the initiative which is intended to cope with increased demand brought about by electric vehicles, electric heating and increasing population. Social Energy has announced a project to support UK Power Networks’ development of a smart grid in London, the South East, and East of England. The green energy supplier is working with UK Power Networks, an electricity distribution network operator for those regions, to help deliver a future-focused smart grid that is more reliable and prepared for higher energy demand. Electric…

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Global citizens favour smart cities

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A survey reveals that city living is falling short for many people in the digital age and more than a third of citizens are willing to pay for more enriched digital services. Only one in 10 global city officials are in the advanced stages of implementing a smart city vision, and less than a quarter (22 per cent) have begun implementing smart city initiatives, new research finds. According to the Capgemini Research Institute report, many citizens are frustrated with the current set up of the city in which they live…

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Electrify America completes first cross-country charging route

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The first of two cross-country routes to be completed this year, it spans 11 states and over 2,700 miles to take drivers from Los Angeles to Washington DC. Electrify America has announced it has completed its first coast-to-coast route of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the US. The company, which claims to operate the largest open DC fast charging network in the country, plans to have a second cross-country route across the south open by September where EV drivers can travel from Jacksonville to San Diego. The first route…

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Toolkit identifies locations for cycleways in England

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It has been developed to help inform bids for Tranche 2 of the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, particularly for authorities which have not yet developed local walking and cycling investment plans. Sustrans, the UK walking and cycling charity, and the Department for Transport have commissioned Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, to develop a tool to help identify locations for new cycleways in England. The Rapid Cycleway Prioritisation Tool identifies priority locations for new cycleways, ranking roads by their cycling potential estimated using the Propensity to Cycle Tool.…

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50 major US cities double their solar capacity

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US cities are increasingly turning to solar to meet their energy needs with 50 major urban areas having each more than doubled their total installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity since 2013, a new study reveals. The top five leaders per capita overall are: Honolulu; San Diego; Albuquerque; San Jose; and Burlington. For total solar PV installed, the top five are: Los Angeles; San Diego; Honolulu; Phoenix; and San Antonio. Shining Cities 2020 The report, Shining Cities 2020: The Top US Cities for Solar Energy, released by Environment America Research &…

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Curiosity Lab teams with Kennesaw State University for open source V2V project

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KSU researchers selected Curiosity Lab as one of its primary test locations due to the lab’s autonomous vehicle test track and commitment to supporting and facilitating innovation. Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners has announced a strategic partnership with Kennesaw State University (KSU) to further research in smart mobility technologies. Curiosity Lab is a 5G-enabled autonomous vehicle and smart city living laboratory located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta. The initial collaboration will focus on open-source dedicated short-range communications units (DSRC) to help advance vehicle-2-everything (V2X) research. Emerging…

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Hyperloop company completes €7m financing round

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Zeleros, the Spanish company leading the development of hyperloop in Europe, has completed a financing round worth more than €7m. The company will move into a new phase of development of what is called the “fifth mode of transport” which could dramatically reduce journey times between cities. Speeds of 1,000km/h Hyperloop is a new means of ground transportation that can carry passengers and cargo at speeds of over 1,000km/h inside low pressure tubes. It is a fully-electric, zero direct emissions system and so has the potential to decarbonise long-distance transport.…

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Smart waste report sets out how to realise the circular economy

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Rubicon’s report, Toward a Future Without Waste, presents a roadmap for cities and governments on how to implement technology-based solutions to build a more sustainable future. Rubicon has released its inaugural environmental, social and governance report that sets out technology-based sustainability solutions to reduce emissions, eliminate waste, promote recycling, and bring a circular economy to reality. Titled Toward a Future Without Waste, the report details sustainability solutions based on the technology company’s experiences of delivering environmental results for customers. More sustainable As cities, and communities recover from Covid-19, using technology…

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Sidewalk Labs shuts down Toronto smart city project

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Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs has shelved its controversial Toronto smart city plans, citing the impact of coronavirus and “unprecedented economic uncertainty”. The abrupt announcement marks the end of a project that had been delayed several times and received strong criticism in some quarters from citizens and privacy campaigners to its own advisors. The project, dubbed Quayside, had aimed to transform Toronto’s Waterfront area into a smart city delivering the likes of autonomous cars, intelligent rubbish collection, smart air quality measurement and heated streets. Waterfront Toronto, which was created by the…

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Downtown Miami used for eco-friendly cargo bike pilot

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DHL Express and Reef Technology are partnering to trial the use of low-power, electric-assist e-cargo cycles for deliveries across the city to help reduce congestion. The City of Miami has teamed up with DHL Express and Reef Technology to launch a pilot programme using low-power electric-assist e-cargo cycles for freight deliveries across Miami. The three-wheeled cycles, equipped with an accompanying cargo container, can transport up to 400 pounds or 60 cubic feet in volume. Environmentally friendly The two companies are bringing four environmentally friendly e-cargo cycles to the city as…

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Pittsburgh airport deploys autonomous UV cleaning robots

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The robots use ultra-violet light and form part of the airport’s new disinfecting strategy to increase cleanliness and help to restore confidence in travelling. Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) claims to have become the first US airport to use autonomous robots with ultraviolet light technology for cleaning. The disinfecting robots mark the first project in the airport’s drive to use innovation from the region’s tech community to tackle the challenges brought by Covid-19. The roll-out of the robots follows a partnership the airport has formed with Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Robotics. Pittsburgh describes…

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Interest in smart street lighting triples in US cities

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The largest 314 cities in the US (those with over 100,000 residents) are converting to LED streetlights and interest in connected or smart street lights has nearly tripled, according to a report. The Northeast Group also reports that the US is projected to invest $8.2bn in street light modernisation over the next decade. Smart city building block Smart street lighting is generally regarded as one of the fundamental building blocks of smart cities. And such initiatives are becoming more important than ever to help build resilience and achieve cost-savings for…

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EHang to build world’s first e-port in China

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The autonomous aerial technology platform company will build the e-port in the city of Hezhou in China’s Guangxi Province to accelerate the commercialisation of AAVs in the tourism industry. Autonomous aerial technology platform company, EHang, is to build what claims to be the world’s first e-port for autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) services in the city of Hezhou in China’s Guangxi Province. EHang will cooperate with a local partner to build the e-port, which will accelerate the commercialisation of EHang AAVs in the tourism industry. Tourism innovation The city of Hezhou…

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Ping An offers smart audio screening for coronavirus

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China-based Ping An Smart Healthcare, an affiliate of Ping An Smart City, has launched a smart audio screening system for COVID-19, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) to strengthen epidemic control and prevention. It claims to have already used the technology to complete over 580,000 screenings in 47,000 households in 17 communities in Wuhan, and successfully identified more than 1,600 suspected cases for tracking. Smart healthcare Ping An Smart Healthcare is available to nearly 800 million people in more than 70 cities in China and Southeast…

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