The Startup Behind NYC’s Plan to Replace Phone Booths with 7,500 Connected Kiosks

Intersection, which is funded by Alphabet, hopes they could someday guide autonomous vehicles, too.

If you live in a big city, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of rushing to the subway only to realize—eventually—that it’s delayed and you would have been better off walking or taking the bus. … Joseph Chow, an assistant professor of civil and urban engineering at New York University [Tandon School of Engineering], likes the idea of Intersection using its kiosks as city sensors. He thinks future Links could help facilitate a Department of Transportation project that is researching ways to use roadside infrastructure to communicate information about accidents to cars and other vehicles. “These technologies provide the architecture that smart cities need to operate,” says Chow.

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