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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Coronavirus cases rise, as more Americans on cruise confirmed ill

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A U.S. public health official confirms more than 40 Americans on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan have coronavirus, while the remaining U.S. citizens without symptoms are being evacuated.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,770 people and infected almost 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China. Taiwan confirmed its first death on Sunday, per multiple reports, in a 61-year-old man with underlying health conditions. Health officials were investigating how he became ill.

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Scoop: Inside the Trump campaign's big hedge on Facebook

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The Trump campaign has invested most of its advertising budget to date on Facebook, testing thousands of versions of ads per day to maximize its spending.

But behind the scenes, a source familiar with the campaign tells Axios, the thinking has shifted: "As everyone can see, we still have strong spending on Facebook, but the percentage of our total media budget [on Facebook] is shrinking."

Trump's revenge tour has the House in its sights

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In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections — buoyed by Republican control of both chambers — President Trump viewed campaigning for the House as a lower-tier priority and instead poured his energy into rallying for the Senate.

But after the GOP reckoning in 2018, and experiencing firsthand how damaging a Democratic-led House has been to him, Trump is now personally invested in helping Republicans regain the majority in November, several people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.