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A New Smart Technology will Help Cities Drastically Reduce their Traffic Congestion

Rev, brake, honk, rev, brake. The pattern seems familiar to most of us. In 2015, American commuters spent more than 8 billion hours in traffic. If a robotics professor at Carnegie Mellon University has his way, that number could shrink.

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Smart Cities Solving Parking and Driving Challenges

Smart cities and cars are getting even smarter as technological disruption continues to shake up the transportation industry. By 2021, more than 380 million connected cars are expected to be on the road, as automakers plan to connect the majority

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He’s Helping Pittsburgher Drivers Get The Green Light

About six years ago, Stephen Smith was stopped at a traffic light in East Liberty, driving home from Carnegie Mellon University. The robotics professor had been working over a tricky problem — how to make urban traffic flow more efficiently.

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Gridlock Guy: Technology may soon catch up with traffic signals

When I was 12 years old and in the car with my mom stuck at a red light, we had to wait for the light to turn green even though there wasn’t any traffic coming the other direction. Now, when

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Pittsburgh’s AI Traffic Signals Will Make Driving Less Boring

Idling in rush-hour traffic can be mind numbing. It also carries other costs. Traffic congestion costs the U.S. economy $121 billion a year, mostly due to lost productivity, and produces about 25 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions, Carnegie Mellon

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Five surprising ways AI could be a part of our lives by 2030

Artificial intelligence (AI) has gradually become an integral part of modern life, from Siri and Spotify’s personalized features on our phones to automatic fraud alerts from our banks whenever a transaction appears suspicious. Defined simply, a computer with AI is

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Pittsburgh’s Smart City proposal combines data, energy and transportation

Pittsburgh’s application for the $50 million Smart City Challenge grant calls for a series of transportation spines, traffic signals that give priority to transit and freight vehicles, and an “electric avenue” between Downtown and Hazelwood for driverless vehicles charged at

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Emergence as Regional Tech Hub Reflected in Pittsburgh’s Smart City Challenge Bid

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has strong existing ties with local universities when it comes to transportation. At Carnegie Mellon, researchers affiliated with the Traffic21 Institute, and an initiative known as Metro21, work on technology that has already been tested in the city. One of

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Green Lights All the Way

It’s green lights all the way baby in parts of Pittsburgh due to the implementation of a decentralized traffic system overseen by a Carnegie Mellon robotics professor. The adaptive traffic control signal system from Surtrac uses a combination of traffic theory and artificial intelligence

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Pittsburgh’s Smart Traffic Lights are Taking a Bite Out of Vehicle Pollution

Smith is only half joking when he insists this practice of “squeezing one guy through” helps traffic flow better. But traffic flow is something he knows a lot about. A professor in Carnegie Mellon University’s robotics department, he’s the guy

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