Technology

Live in the Marina District and work downtown or SoMA? You now have more transit choices thanks to two new startups, Chariot and Leap. Think of the two private shuttle services as Google buses for the public, except they are not quite so large.
14 hours ago   Ars Technica
In February, the Federal Aviation Administration released rules for the commercial operation of drones that were (to many observers) surprisingly business friendly. A landscape architect imagines the potential of drones for planning and design.
Mar 14, 2015   ASLA The Dirt
Oregon's much heralded mileage fee program, known as OReGO, has selected the technology to record the miles driven by participants. A French and Canadian company will collaborate to provide a telematics road usage charging framework to begin July 1.
Mar 11, 2015   Automotive News
A recent post on Mobility Lab explains some of the challenges developers encounter when creating the multi-modal trip planner apps of our dreams.
Mar 10, 2015   Mobility Lab
The online documentation of the San Francisco Planning Department's approval process received a huge upgrade.
Mar 10, 2015   Curbed SF
Welcome to the age of "Dashboard Governance"—when a good user interface offers the potential for performance advantages to city management.
Mar 9, 2015   Places Journal
Manufacturers say yes, arguing that the reduction in vehicle crashes decreases traffic congestion. Other features improve traffic flow. But these are safety technologies, not emission-reducing measures, that critics worry will water-down CAFE.
Mar 9, 2015   The Wall Street Journal
Caeser Augustus famously boasted "I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble." An architectural historian and urban designer at UCLA now has the model to prove the veracity of the claim.
Mar 7, 2015   UCLA Newsroom
As social media platforms evolve into specific niches, the Nextdoor platform is quickly expanding its online version of neighborhood-level interaction.
Mar 5, 2015   New York Times
The Wall Street Journal examines desalination efforts on the Central and South Coasts, starting with the reactivation of a Santa Barbara plant. Notwithstanding criticisms on costs and environmental damage, eight plants have been built since 2006.
Mar 4, 2015   The Wall Street Journal
OpenStreetMap has released an animated map to illustrate the impressive growth of the project over the first ten years of its existence.
Mar 3, 2015   Maps Mania