KC working with Google company to on transportation "flow" information kiosks - Kansas City Business Journal

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USDOT announced Thursday the effort by the government and Sidewalk Labs to design Flow, described as the first platform for analyzing transportation and actually helping change transportation patterns by sharing information with the public. To aid in developing Flow, the partners will work with the seven cities that are finalists in the USDOT's Smart City Challenge. . . .

The Flow platform will pull in data from sources including Waze and Google Maps to understand transportation congestion and identify areas underserved by transit. While cities can use this information to formulate transit policies, citizens also will be able to access it to help them get where they need to go efficiently.

Kansas City already is engaged in a $15 million Smart City initiative concentrated along the new 2.2-mile downtown streetcar line. That effort includes working with Cisco Systems Inc., Sprint Corp. and other partners to deploy a free Wi-Fi network and sensors on light poles and in the streets to collect data on traffic and other municipal services.