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Planes, trains and automobiles are not the only ways to get around, and humans are not the only things moving from here to there. Working alongside existing roadways, these animal bridges aim to help wildlife safely navigate our interstate systems in their natural migrations. Animals on the roadway pose a significant hazard to the wellbeing of species as well as the safety of drivers using the road. Further, animal collisions provide a serious economic concern as they are estimated to cost nearly $8 billion in annual repairs, safety measures, etc. These wildlife crossings are popping up around the world as an innovative solution to these problems. Beautiful, innovative, and effective, these installations help the impact of our roadways become less intrusive to the natural world.
Looking towards the next generation of tire technology, Revvo (formerly IntelliTire) is an emerging organization working to transform the safety of tires. The Revvo software platform leverages AI and machine learning models to better predict tire tread life and explain "why" tires wear from changing road conditions. With proprietary sensors embedded directly inside the tire, Revvo tire management tool captures tire diagnostic data where the rubber meets the road. The custom design ensures that the sensors survive the harsh environments each tire experiences and optimizes the performance of highway fleets in real time. The technology is a first look at a sensor-enabled AI software platform to monitor tires performance and conditions, helping the driver and fleet managers better understand the overall health of the tires on their vehicles. This diagnostic information feed leads to increased vehicle uptimes, optimized efficiency, and improved safety on the roadway.
While electric vehicles on the road are buzzing with popularity, the technology does not start with rubber hitting the road. Ampaire Inc. offers a new era of flight with a clean, quiet, cost-effective revolution to air travel. From retrofitting vintage aircraft into modernized, electric planes to developing electric and hybrid commercial airliners, Ampaire Inc. is racing towards more sustainable air travel with their eyes to the sky.
A somewhat "unseen" source of emissions is the day to day operations of a standard street-cleaner. Accounting for nearly 26 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted annually, a single street-cleaner is a large contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. This new take on the familiar CityCat 2020 street cleaner is the newest model of cleaner running completely emissions free. With 8 hours of street-sweeping battery life, and the full 2 cubic meters capacity, the CityCat 2020ev is a quiet, efficient and more cost-effective way to keep our streets clean and healthy. This tech, coming from Bucher Municipal, is paving the way for a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable streetscape. In fact, a single CityCat 2020ev operating for one hour a day for a single year accounts for over 6,000 kg of atmospheric carbon dioxide. If broadly adopted, and regularly utilized, a fleet of these vehicles would have a tremendous effect on the emissions associated with the traditional street sweeping process.
Although still in its infancy, carbon recapture could become a viable solution for roadside emissions. Small-scale, efficient carbon capture installments along the roadway could scrub the air as it becomes polluted by passing vehicles. The transportation sector is a huge emitter of greenhouse gasses, and mobile carbon capture could be an avenue to decrease emissions as we slowly transition into EV and emission-less vehicles. Direct Air Capture (DAC) devices could be placed throughout highways and congested city streets to catch the emissions of passing vehicles, or could be installed directly onto large fleets for company incentives. Prototypes of this project are still in development, but advancements are made everyday. Viability and resource intensiveness of this process are the only limitations!
Median wind turbines make the most of the continuous airflow generated from everyday traffic. As the flow of cars moves across the highway, they create a wind mechanism that is lost on the typical roadway. Installing turbines in the median, between moving cars, harnesses this wind and increases the use of clean, efficient energy as it is created.
BuzzBox IoT offers a unique opportunity to promote the health and wellbeing of native pollinator populations. Providing automatic diagnostics for beehive health, the BuzzBox team utilizes a solar powered, app-run, remote monitoring system to follow beehive activity, swarm warnings, and overall hive health. This data helps both hive owners and the general public play a crucial role in preserving pollinator species and fostering a harmony between hive health and our transportation avenues.
Stormwater runoff is a huge contributor to pollution, nutrient runoff, and increased urban erosion. Innovative ideas are required to provide solutions for the waste that accumulates in a storm surge. Sieve-like netting is used here to collect debris as it washes off the streets before it is transported through the water systems into urban reserves.