Author: Pablo Valerio

  • Smart Island Congress to Return to Majorca with Impressive Speaker Lineup

    Smart Island Congress to Return to Majorca with Impressive Speaker Lineup

    The leading world congress on smart islands will feature 95 speakers, mostly with international profiles, who will discuss how to enhance relations between island territories while addressing challenges such as tourism, climate change, competitiveness and innovation. Calvia, Majorca The event, organized by Fira de Barcelona will be held for the second time on 23 and […]

  • Uber GM for Spain argues driverless model will create jobs

    Uber GM for Spain argues driverless model will create jobs

    Despite the fatal crash in Arizona and growing fears that taxi drivers will lose their livelihood, Juan Galiardo says he is optimistic that the transition to driverless will “ultimately be beneficial.” Dllu/Wikimedia Commons Back in 2014, Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick explained during the Code Conference in Palo Verdes, Calif., the company’s plans to […]

  • Paris passes its new Air Quality, Energy & Climate Action Plan

    Paris will be a carbon neutral city and 100% powered by renewable energy by 2050, after the Paris City Council unanimously adopted a new Air Quality, Energy & Climate Action Plan. Courtesy of Ian Kelsall (Pixabay) A major citizen consultation procedure will now be launched to allow every Parisian to participate in the implementation phase of […]

  • London Creates Ethics Panel to Evaluate Use of Facial Recognition

    An independent panel that advises City Hall on the ethics of policing in the capital is to examine the use by the Metropolitan Police of facial recognition technology. Today the Mayor of London announced that a new Chair of the London Policing Ethics Panel, the ethical policy expert Dr Suzanne Shale, will review the Metropolitan […]

  • Europe’s GDPR Slaps Data Collected by Cities

    Cities collecting personally identifiable data, by the government or through any third party, are responsible to abide by the GDPR rules, just like any other organization collecting data. Courtesy of Mayor of London office The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) is the most discussed piece of legislation in information technology. It […]

  • Connected & Autonomous Cars Are Using More Power and Fuel

    A study published by researchers at the University of Michigan and the Ford Motor Innovation Center in February, shows that autonomous cars could have a substantial energy toll, effectively making them more polluting than current manually driven vehicles The technology installed in connected vehicles and the infrastructure — such as Vehicle-to-Everything technologies — require a significant amount of power to […]

  • Europe Will Lag Behind in 5G Adoption

    Despite the efforts of the European Commission, and the EU sponsored 5G Public Private Partnership (5GPPP), the initial large rollout of 5G networks will not happen in the old continent, but in markets such as China and the US, then in several Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea, and then finally in Europe. Visitors […]

  • Balearic government leans towards electric, as rental cars overrun islands

    The government of the Balearic Islands drafts new law that requires rental car companies to phase out fossil fuel vehicles and to switch to a 100% electric fleet by 2030. The new law, when enacted, will require rental car companies to increase the share of electric cars in their fleet by 10 percent a year starting […]

  • Top European Court Declares Uber is a Taxi Service

    Top European Court Declares Uber is a Taxi Service

    The ruling has major implications for on-demand transport services across the European Union.

  • C40 Launches Competition for Global Cities to a Sustainable Future

    15 of the world’s great cities launched an unprecedented global competition to drive carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration. Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 C40’s Reinventing Cities initiative has already identified 46 underutilized spaces to redevelop, including several empty plots and abandoned buildings, a former airport, historical mansions, underused car parks, and […]