28 Mar '12, 2pm

Sustainable cities of the future

Sustainable cities of the future

With increased population comes more cars on already-clogged roadways, resulting in significant carbon emissions, polluted air, and open space taken up by highways. It can also result in a lot more people using public transportation. But, mass transit needs to be smarter and more convenient than driving. The key to successful mass transit lies in data sharing. The data gathered and shared by programs like Google Transit mean that the information needed to make on-the-ground decisions about what transit works most efficiently in various areas can be sussed out – not just guessed at. “That’s the story that we’re increasingly seeing with the most successful cities, that transit and transport systems are being transformed not by the city’s own initiatives, but by third parties. And when the data is opened in the transit system, that can happen,” said Gordon Feller of Cisco Sys...

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