Andrea Vesco

973 Flips | 1 Magazine | 6 Likes | 1,281 Followers | @andrea_vesco | PhD, Husband to Daniela and father of 2 from now on. Interested in Smart Cities. What else? Opinions are my own

MUV - Mobility Urban Values

MUV is a Research and Innovation Action funded by the European Commission under the call Horizon 2020 MG-4.5-2016. Rather than focus on …

Young people want walkable neighbourhoods, but safety is a worry

We all know physical activity is good for us; that most of us should do more of it; and that walking is a cheap and convenient physical activity. So, …

The impact of artificial intelligence in transportation

In October 2016 an experimental driverless truck made by Otto, an Uber-owned company, delivered 50,000 cans of beer after travelling 120 miles from …

Artificial Intelligence

How fire chiefs and traffic engineers make places less safe

Of all the urbanism specialists with tunnel vision, fire chiefs, fire marshals, and traffic engineers are probably the most dangerous. And by …

Urban Design

The CEO of Ford just perfectly summarized the biggest problem for electric cars

The year 2010 seems like a long time ago. That was when a bold future for electric cars appeared to be opening.<p>Tesla was about to roll out its first …

Electric Vehicles

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Wants to Help You Navigate Smart Cities

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that the winner of its Smart City Challenge was Columbus, Ohio. Columbus beat out six …

Fiat in talks with Uber as Marchionne seeks tech deals

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, the first major automaker to strike a deal with Google on driverless cars, now has started discussions on a similar …

Automotive Industry

If Work Is Digital, Why Do We Still Go to the Office?

“Distance will die,” or so predicted British economist Frances Cairncross, along with a host of social and media theorists, following the spread of the internet in the 1990s. When every place is connected instantaneously to every other place on the planet, they argued, space itself would become …

A Catalog of Civic Data Use Cases

What kinds of operations-enhancing questions have cities asked and answered with data and analytics? The catalog below is an ongoing, …

5 Myths About 5G

Without a doubt, 5G is the hottest topic in wireless circles today. Many of the field’s most celebrated researchers and highest-paid executives are …

Could connected shoes help tourists travel cities?

Travelling in an unfamiliar city has never been easier with mapping applications like Google Maps and Apple Maps storing hundreds of thousands of restaurants, places to see, and activity centers for tourists to check out while on holiday.<p>However, the experience of pulling out your phone every two …

Connected cars: Where’s the money?

Business processes connected car cybersecurity data data monetization Digital Ecosystems IoT partnerships Partnerships & Internet of Everything …

An Underrated Approach to Cutting Car Commutes: Peer Pressure

The surprising power of social norms in shifting travel habits.<p>Peer pressure gets a bad rap, but sometimes a little social shame can work to the greater good. Take a well-known psychology study on the power of social norms: asking hotel guests to reuse their towels for environmental reasons worked …

Interview with Geetam Tiwari: Mobility and Climate Solutions in Indian Cities

This interview series is made possible by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations. Each month we feature a leading thinker from VREF’s Future …

Someday you’ll have no screens in your life

The stuff on our desks and in our pockets is disappearing — in 20 years, it'll be gone.<p>Dozens of everyday office tools have been "absorbed" since the 1970s, including calendars, Rolodexes, dictionaries, maps, books, media players, file cabinets, fax machines and wired phones.<p>Most legacy office …

America Doesn’t Deserve Hyperloops Until it Fixes Public Transit

While startups sell us hyperloops, public transit burns.<p>Brogan BamBrogan stood on a swanky Las Vegas stage this week in front of a room full of people who had just given his hyperloop company $80 million and proclaimed he'd like to make the futuristic tube-based transportation system "as rad as …

In Global Shift, Poorer Countries Are Increasingly the Early Tech Adopters - MIT Technology Review

Historically, industrial revolutions haven’t been kind to poor people. Despite the potential benefits technology can offer, the immediate impact on …

Vaccination

GeoOrbital’s wheel turns almost any bike into an electric bike

TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016’s “wildcard” participant GeoOrbital has a different take on the electric bike. Instead of putting a motor on the bike, they put it in the wheel. This crazy idea was actually prompted by something founder Michael Burtov saw in the movie Tron. He thought there was a lot of …

Why Gardening Is Good for Your Health

Did you know that soil is an antidepressant?<p>It's time to whip out your gardening gloves because not only are digging and weeding great exercise, a good stint of gardening boosts mental health too.<p>Last month, we found out that people living in an area rich in vegetation have improved physical and …

Your money and your life: ditching your car gives you more of both.

We all know that cars cost a lot of money, but John Heinzl, writing in the Investor Clinic of the Globe and Mail, explains how much he has saved over …

How Trees Calm Us Down

In 1984, a researcher named Roger Ulrich noticed a curious pattern among patients who were recovering from gallbladder surgery at a suburban hospital in Pennsylvania. Those who had been given rooms overlooking a small stand of deciduous trees were being discharged almost a day sooner, on average, …

Ecology

This elevator could shape the cities of the future

Elevators are in a rut.<p>They go up and they go down. They take people from one floor of a building to the exact same spot on another floor.<p>A new technology has the potential to break elevators free from their vertical prisons, allowing them to move side to side, at an angle, even go outside into a …

Transportation

Free wifi and comfy seats: London's best cafés to work in

Reading this in the office? So passé. Numbers of self-employed and freelancers have hit a record high – 15 per cent of the British workforce are at it, according to 2016 report by Co-Operatives UK. This means more of us than ever are looking to find work-friendly cafes and bars where we can plough …

Game of Thrones

Siri’s creators say they’ve made something better that will take care of everything for you

By Elizabeth Dwoskin<p>, Silicon Valley reporter<p>SAN JOSE — In an ordinary conference room in this city of start-ups, a group of engineers sat down to order pizza in an entirely new way.<p>“Get me a pizza from Pizz’a Chicago near my office,” one of the engineers said into his smartphone. It was their …

Artificial Intelligence

Most Urban Farmers Aren't Making a Living

The strong social mission of most urban farms might not be enough for longterm viability, a study suggests.<p>A new type of agriculture has recently taken shape in American cities. Vacant properties and high-rise rooftops are morphing into farms, yielding fresh produce and honey, and exposing urban …

How Airbnb’s Data Science Team Doubled The Ratio Of Female Employees Last Year

The data science team over at home-sharing platform Airbnb was able to increase the overall ratio of female employees on its team from 15 percent to 30 percent in 2015, with 47 percent of its new hires being women. That didn’t happen by accident. After scaling its team in terms of hyper-growth over …

20,000 Leagues Under the Cloud

Photo: MicrosoftMicrosoft workers deploy the test capsule for underwater data centers at the start of the trial.In the 2015 film “Creed,” aged boxing …

MIT Team Tops Hyperloop Competition

Photo: Nargis SakhibovaA student team from MIT won first prize last weekend for the best design for the Hyperloop, a subsonic train meant to hurtle …

Walkable Winter Cities

Coming in from my slow run on this morning’s packed snow, I am grateful again for my old, walkable neighbourhood that tempts me out of doors, even in …

Urban Design

How to Be a Chairbomber

An urban strategist shares the secrets of making a good public seat.<p>Making a decent place for people to sit shouldn’t be very hard. As the great observer of urban street life, William H. Whyte, once said: “It is difficult to design a space that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how …

Self-improvement