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The issue with “smart cities” technology is that it can’t be proven useful until it gets up and running in the urban landscape. The tech hub New Lab gave three startups a chance to prove themselves in Downtown Brooklyn–and it’s paying dividends.
In Downtown Brooklyn, Fulton Street–the neighborhood’s commercial thoroughfare–is closed to cars. Technically, at least. Fulton is designated as a bus-only street, but around 3,000 cars each month use the corridor illegally. This creates issues for the buses and their 20,000 daily riders, which rely on clear lanes to make up time on their otherwise crowded routes, and for the pedestrians and cyclists that also depend on the road being car-free for a safer trip.