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Reddit, Mapped

A data scientist visualizes the sprawling site so you can find that weird, niche-interest group you never even knew to look for.

Videos

Why Did a Self-Braking Volvo Plow Into a Bystander?

Caught on video, a perplexing collision raises questions about how to regulate automated features.

Maps

The Ultimate Map of New York's Mean Streets

A new visualization, based on NYPD numbers, shows just how hazardous the city is for pedestrians.

The Future of Car Ads Involves Taking Shots at Self-Driving Cars

There’s a little cognitive dissonance going on at Nissan.

Call Out Poorly Parked Cars With the App 'TowIt'

One developer’s weapon against lousy drivers and vans blocking the bike lane.

When Using the Sidewalk Means Breaking the Law: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Maps

Mapping the New York That Once Was

An addictive new interactive project marries a vast array of archival photos with a detailed map of the city.

Next Economy

Can Seattle Go Any Greener?

The city looks to become a hub for smart building technology.

CityFixer

Car-Free Commuting Just Got a Whole Lot Easier in D.C.

Arlington County is developing a simple suite of tools it hopes can change the way people get to work.

A Nifty Visualization of the 'Vicious Cycle' of Bus Bunching

See how small delays can lead to big commuting headaches in this interactive.

Hybrid-Vehicle Batteries Are Disappearing in San Francisco

Inventive, no doubt muscular thieves have found a new target.

A Robot to Help Visually Impaired Passengers Navigate Public Transit

Technology has the potential to improve accessibility by offering directions and guidance, but some remain skeptical.

Contaminated and Unregulated: A Worrying New 'Water Atlas' of L.A. County

75 percent of the county’s 228 water systems are vulnerable in some way.

Santa Monica Just Outlawed 80 Percent of Its Airbnb Rentals

One of the most aggressive moves yet in the online rental battle seems virtually impossible to enforce.

Videos

What It's Like to Drone Over Buenos Aires

Zip through the skies of the Argentine capital with this new short film.

Berkeley Goes All 'Berkeley' With Cell Phone Warnings

The city wants retailers to caution consumers about RF radiation.

Google's New Self-Driving Car Is About to Hit the Streets

Here’s everything you need to know about Prototype.

Pinpointing Ride-Hail Customers to Within Just a Few Feet

A London-based geocoding startup has developed a better way for e-hail drivers and riders to communicate with each other.

Videos

Brutal Parodies of Amazon's 'Life in Seattle' Recruitment Video

One line: “I can't imagine what this place must have been like before all the new money, colorful condos, and Ferris wheels.”