Jun 2, 2017

Verizon creates "smart streets" to save people's lives in Boston

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In March, Verizon set up 50 different sensors and cameras at a busy intersection in Boston to collect traffic data from cars, bikes and pedestrians. The city of Boston plans to use the collected data to redesign its streets — changing traffic signal times or installing bike lanes — to improve pedestrian and biker safety, per MIT Technology Review.

The goal: End all traffic fatalities in Boston by 2030. At the intersection being monitored, Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street, there were 16 serious pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and one fatality during 2015 and 2016.

How it works: Using traffic light and bus-location data from the city, Verizon's algorithms look for "trigger" instances, which could lead to an accident. They keep track of when cars roll into the crosswalk or bike lane, don't yield to pedestrians or double park, as well as when cars or bikes don't follow traffic signs.

Privacy: The city has promised not to use the information to ticket people and Verizon deletes all footage that connects the data to the faces of real people.

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Minneapolis unrest as hundreds protest death of George Floyd

Tear gas is fired as police clash with protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd outside the 3rd Precinct Police Precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Tuesday. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Minneapolis police used tear gas during clashes with protesters demanding justice Tuesday night for George Floyd, an African American who died in police custody, according to multiple news reports.

Driving the news: The FBI is investigating Floyd's death after video emerged of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck for several minutes, ignoring protests that he couldn't breathe. Hundreds of protesters attended the demonstration at the intersection where Floyd died, per the Guardian.

U.S. coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios. This graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced plans Tuesday to make wearing face coverings mandatory statewide for most people over the age of 10 when inside public places like retailers, on public transportation and government buildings. He announced the measure, effective Friday, as coronavirus case numbers increased to 39,342.

By the numbers: More than 98,900 people have died from COVID-19 and over 1.6 million have tested positive in the U.S. Over 384,900 Americans have recovered and more than 14.9 million tests have been conducted.

World coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

Japan is preparing a second coronavirus stimulus package worth $1.1 trillion, or about 40% of the country's gross domestic product, Reuters first reported Tuesday night.

Zoom in: The new measure will be funded by government bonds and will include "a raft of loan guarantees and private sector contributions," per Bloomberg.