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The Future of Mapping Is Inside Your Home and Office

February 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Once all of our roads and rivers, buildings and parks, shops and monuments are mapped, there will remain one territory largely beyond the reach of GPS: the great indoors. Right now, Google Maps can take you to the entrance of the Mall of America. But it can't narrate your route...

Why the Real Estate Industry Is Interested in Drones, Too

January 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In this halting, vertigo-inducing video, you can watch a couple of guys from the creative agency Neoscape toy with their newly built drone, outfitted off the Boston Inner Harbor with a GoPro camera: That footage captures a test flight for a modest but intriguing advance in architectural rendering and real...

This Map Wants to Change How You Think About Your Commute

January 28, 2014 Every year, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute releases an oft-cited (and oft-critiqued)Urban Mobility Report that measures congestion on American roads, famously ranking the metros with the most heinous traffic. The report homes in on a central cost of mobility: the price we pay to sit in gridlock. It does not,...

Facebook Is Using Your Profile to Track Global Urban Migration Trends

December 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook possesses a startlingly massive trove of data on global migration patterns. It's hidden, innocuously enough, amid two simple biographical details that many people post on their profile pages: Where you live, and where you're from. Between those two data points – spread across the millions of its 1 billion...

Imagining the U.S. Supreme Court Covered in Solar Panels

December 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last year, we wrote about a sweeping project from the MIT Sustainable Design Lab and the Boston design firm Modern Development Studio that mapped the potential for installing solar power on every square meter of every roof in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT developed algorithms using public flyover LIDAR data to automatically...

Vancouver Is About to Get the World's First Bitcoin ATM

October 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At some point on Tuesday, the world's first bitcoin ATM will begin exchanging actual cash for the digital currency in downtown Vancouver. Until now, bitcoin has existed – and swooned in value – almost entirely in the ether, in online exchanges and virtual wallets. It's sometimes traded for cash in...

Video: The Future of Personal Drone Navigation Is Here

September 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technology is forever trying to stay one step ahead of the spatially challenged, those people who never know exactly where they are on a street grid or how to get where they're going. Have no internal compass? There are maps for that. Befuddled by maps? There are smart phones. Still...

An App to Nab Jerks Who Illegally Use Disabled Parking

September 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Austin non-profit Parking Mobility argues that one in four cars parked in a disabled parking spot actually shouldn't be there, an abuse so common that law enforcement could never reasonably keep up with it. But while meter maids don't always spot these scofflaws, plenty of other people do (especially...

The Patent Troll That's Been Bilking Transit Agencies Finally Slinks Away

August 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Like just about every other legal settlement in the very strange saga of the patent troll that's been suing public transit agencies, this latest agreement is under wraps as well. But at least we know the outcome is finally a good one for transit agencies and their riders: ArrivalStar, the...

How Robots in Outer Space Are Influencing the Cars of the Future

August 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA engineers referred to the most crucial moments in the Mars Curiosity mission last summer as the "seven minutes of terror." During that time, without the guidance or control of any humans back on earth, the rover had to enter the martian atmosphere, descend from an initial speed of 13,000...

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