Big Data & Sensors: Blowing Up Transportation
“In 2008, for the first time, half the world's population is living in towns and cities. By 2030, the urban population will reach 5 billion – 60% of the world's population” (UN Population Division.) Nearly all global population growth will occur in cities—particularly in the developing world. With finite budgets and a growing urgency on limiting energy usage and pollution, transportation is rapidly becoming the critical issue for cities around the world. Transportation is also a primary example of the potential for big data, sensors, and social media to help cities meet modern-day challenges. From optimizing multimodal transport to managing traffic flow, the infrastructure conversation is rapidly moving from roads to data. Data enables a smarter, mobile lifestyle; however, this shift creates entirely new challenges as entrepreneurs and policymakers alike are forced to work within legacy policy frameworks for everything from funding allocation to privacy and open government.
Additional Supporting Materials
- From big data and social to the rapid proliferation of personal and municipal sensors, is transportation the next major industry to explode?
- With data fusion across personal and municipal sensors becoming vital, who owns and controls the data?
- How can transportation policy move beyond its love affairs with roads?
- As collaborative consumption becomes pervasive, what’s the role of government in an era of shared private property?
- With the changing landscape for dynamic multimodal transportation, are current models for transportation planning across commercial, federal, regional, and municipal groups obsolete?
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- Vincent C. Gray Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia
- Blake Farenthold US House of Representatives
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