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Big Data | Corridor Studies | Smart Cities | Traffic | Transportation

Traffic Diagnostics: A Congestion Busting and Travel Demand Management Tool

May 21, 2018

StreetLight Data's new Traffic Diagnostics tool is officially available for public agencies and engineering firms across the continental US. It's a game-changing new feature in StreetLight InSight®, our on-demand platform for turning Big Data from mobile devices into actionable transportation analytics. Watch our latest video blog from StreetLight Data's Laura Schewel to learn how Traffic Diagnostics can help you bust congestion with data-driven travel demand management solutions.

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StreetLight Data Powers UberFlux for Aerial Urban Transportation

May 11, 2018

At this week’s Uber Elevate Summit in LA, I saw the power of using StreetLight Data’s transportation analytics for a brand-new mobility challenge: Optimizing the roll out of new infrastructure for aerial urban transport. Uber hosted the conference to “explore the exciting future of urban aviation” (read: flying shuttles). While lots of the press focused on the new models of Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing Vehicles (eVTOLs), I know readers of this blog will be even more excited by the use of data-driven planning to design their infrastructure!

What is UberFlux and How Did it Use StreetLight InSight?

At the opening address, and again at a deep dive panel, Uber showed off updates to the UberFlux tool. This tool pulls in data from several sources, including StreetLight InSight, our on-demand platform for turning Big Data into transportation analytics. UberFlux is used, among other things, to find optimal solutions to a complex problem: Where are the best places to site “nodes” for Uber’s upcoming UberAIR program? It is a stellar example of putting Big Data to work to drive transportation forward (should I say “fly” transportation forward?).

Jon Petersen, Head of Data Science at Uber Elevate, said “StreetLight InSight and the StreetLight team play an important part to our modeling efforts and remain wonderful partners for the Elevate team.”

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Visualizing Big Data for Transportation: Our Latest Updates

This week, we updated StreetLight InSight®, our on-demand platform for turning Big Data from mobile devices into actionable transportation analytics – just like we do every month. The improvement we’re most excited about for May is our interactive visualization builder. In a nutshell, the interactive visualization tool is a more powerful tool for StreetLight InSight users to analyze transportation behavior within our platform. It’s also a major step forward towards our goal of helping transportation professionals put Big Data to work for planning, modeling and engineering.

Let’s face it: it’s always easier and faster to understand trends with a heatmap or a chart than with a giant spreadsheet. It’s even better when you can dynamically manipulate the data behind those charts and heatmaps to see how behavior changes in different conditions. (But don’t worry, long time users, the spreadsheets are not going away!)

 

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Commutes Across America – Where are the Longest Trips to Work? Part 2

April 1, 2018

After a long day at work, you probably want to get home as soon as possible. But, on most days, that’s easier said than done.

Today, commutes across America are longer than ever – and they’re increasing. The average American commutes 52 minutes to work each day, for a total of 4 hours and 20 minutes per week. Think of all the productive ways you could be spending that time, rather than sitting in your car or crammed in a crowded subway.

In our last blog about commutes, we explored where some of the longest commutes to work are in America. Now, let’s learn more about why areas have long commutes and how Big Data can be used by transportation planners to help mitigate this problem

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Big Data For Your Smart Cities Challenge Canada Proposal

March 21, 2018

Community leaders across Canada are preparing proposals for the Smart Cities Challenge Canada, which challenges “communities to improve the lives of Canadians through innovation, data, and technology.” That’s exactly what we do here at StreetLight Data. Now that I’ve joined the team as our first dedicated Canadian representative, I’m thrilled to share that we’re here to help – in a big way.

StreetLight Data will provide complimentary access to StreetLight InSight® for public sector representatives of communities drafting submissions in response to the Smart Cities Challenge Canada. StreetLight InSight is our on-demand platform for turning Big Data from mobile devices into traffic data analytics.

You can use this interactive web application to get real-world, actionable insights into travel patterns that can help you make your city smarter. Find out more and learn how to sign up for access in this blog post.

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Commutes Across America – Where are the Longest Trips to Work? Part 1

March 13, 2018

Are you tired of the long drive to and from work? This is probably the most tiresome, frustrating part of your day. And, you’re not alone. Everyone on the roadway probably feels the same!

To better understand commutes across America, StreetLight Data has compiled a some information on where commutes are the longest. Explore this article to find out why it’s important to understand traveling commutes across America, and find out the top five states and the top five cities with the longest commutes.
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Can Using Big Data for Transportation Planning Reduce Infant Mortality Rates?

February 1, 2018

When most people think about transportation, they think about planes, trains, and automobiles – maybe even ferries. But infrastructure, technology, and our transportation networks do more than help us travel. They also have socioeconomic impacts. Getting from point A to point B efficiently is not only a matter of convenience. It can be a matter of life or death – and not just from a traffic safety perspective. The issue of infant mortality clearly illustrates the interplay of health, socioeconomic conditions, and transportation. In this article, I’ll explore this relationship and highlight a few ways that Big Data can be helpful for planners working to address infant mortality.

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4 Big Data Trends in Transportation to Watch in 2018

January 18, 2018

It’s no longer news that Big Data is a big topic in transportation. Many people in our industry have been exploring how to use Big Data for years. But the technology landscape is evolving quickly, and in ways that may drive more widespread adoption of this type of data. In this post, I’ll share the four most important trends in Big Data to watch in 2018.

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Big Data and Air Quality: Understanding Vehicle Emissions

August 24, 2017

This year, the Eastern Research Group (ERG), Coordinating Research Council (CRC), and StreetLight Data teamed up to validate one of the big as yet unmet promises for Big Data – the ability to better model and thus manage criteria pollutant air emissions from vehicles.

The results of our work show that using Big Data to model emissions at the county level is more accurate than industry-standard practices today. Of three different counties we analyzed, we found that:

  • Two counties would have overestimated their emissions if they used the industry-standard approach, and
  • One would have underestimated emissions by as much as 14% for a typical day and up to 110% in an individual hour.

Modeling emissions accurately matters: It allows air quality models to better predict concentrations of the regulated air pollutants ground-level ozone and particulate matter in different counties, which informs air quality planning and control strategies at the local level. In this blog post, we will walk you through the new methodology and some of our key findings.

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How Big Data Builds New Forms of Civic Engagement in Your Community

August 3, 2017

In my hometown of San Francisco, California I grew up riding the municipal bus home from school with a group of classmates. As a group, we saw the San Francisco Municipal Agency (SFMTA) try a multitude of strategies to make the system more efficient and cost-effective. For example, SFMTA transformed car lanes into dedicated bus rapid transit (BRT) lanes to increase the fleet’s speed. When many of these decisions were made, most of my bus crew was under the voting age, and as teenagers, public forums were not an exciting Friday night activity.

I remember that we complained almost every day about how slow or inefficient the bus was, yet we never did anything to try to fix public transit. We never participated in the public forums or in outreach programs that gathered feedback on BRT. Now, as BRT expands, huge changes are happening to the system that affect my current commute. However, at the same time as SFMTA was inviting the public to share their feedback, I bought a smartphone. To the dismay of my parents, I used that smartphone constantly. Now imagine if my teenage obsession had allowed me to be a more active participant in decisions like the BRT, simply because SFMTA could use the location data created by my phone to develop their future plans.

 

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