Posts tagged with 'Google'
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Friday Fun: Beyond the Map—Google Explores Rio’s Slums
What do you think of when you hear the word “slum”? For many, the word brings to mind poverty, violence and squalor; slums, or informal settlements, are overwhelmingly associated with the negative. This is particularly true in Rio de Janeiro, ...
What’s Next for Google’s “Project Sunroof?” Reducing the Need for Power in the First Place
What’s Next for Google’s “Project Sunroof?” Reducing the Need for Power in the First Place
Google recently released Project Sunroof—an interactive online tool that allows building owners to estimate how much money they can save by installing solar panels on their roofs. In short, the tool is a valuable resource for anyone considering solar power ...
Why Developing Cities Should Standardize and Open Their Transit Data
Why Developing Cities Should Standardize and Open Their Transit Data
Wondering if it would be faster to bike, take the bus or metro to work? A simple search on Google Maps or your preferred transit app can give you this information almost instantly, thanks to transit agencies that provide their ...
Google created Sidewalk Labs to solve urban challenges with technology. Photo by Roman Kruglov/Flickr
Google creates company to improve cities
If Google was to solve urban problems as it solve digital ones, would the world be safer? Get ready because this is precisely the ambition of the Internet giant, which just announced a new company that will work at the ...
Technology is allowing city residents to interact with their surroundings in new ways, which can have both the benefit of advancing sustainable development and the drawback of reinforcing social divisions. Photo by Daniel Chavez/Flickr.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: New mapping algorithm poses problems and promise for cities
Yahoo Labs has recently created a mapping algorithm that helps pedestrians find not the shortest route to their destination, but the most attractive one. This is great for visitors who want to spend every second of their time sightseeing in ...
Smart car tipped in San Francisco, California. Photo by Jeff Chiu.
Friday Fun: Smart cars reach tipping point
No, not that kind of tipping point. While smart car usage is on the rise, it hasn’t quite crossed the Malcolm Gladwell threshold. We’re talking about a different trend: smart car tipping. It seems an unidentified group of six to ...