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First Autonomous Vehicles in Central Florida Now in Service in Lake Nona

ORLANDO, FL. – Central Florida’s first autonomous shuttles are on the road in Lake Nona, Orlando’s fastest-growing community. The fully electric, driverless shuttles will operate daily on an inaugural fixed route connecting the community’s entertainment district with residential communities. Together, with mobility solutions provider Beep and shuttle manufacturer NAVYA, Lake Nona’s autonomous shuttles are setting the standard for new mobility technology in the region. Images available here. In addition to supporting improved mobility at the local level, Lake Nona’s new autonomous shuttle service supports Florida’s ambitions to become a national leader in autonomous vehicle testing. Florida recently passed legislation to help cultivate the autonomous vehicle sector by bringing more businesses to the state for autonomous testing. Lake Nona, Beep, and NAVYA join a growing list of public and private companies exploring innovative solutions to improve connectivity within this community and beyond. “In Lake Nona, we dreamed of creating an infrastructure that would enable tomorrow’s innovators to thrive… tomorrow is here!” said Tavistock Group Senior Managing Director Rasesh Thakkar. “As proof, we’re excited to advance, along with our two visionary Mayors, the relationship with Beep and NAVYA creating the region’s first autonomous shuttle program launching the future of mobility.” Bringing the first autonomous shuttles to Central Florida further demonstrates Lake Nona’s commitment to testing new technology within its living lab where companies, organizations, and entrepreneurs convene to explore new trends and ideas. From a first-of-its-kind partnership with the local public school system and YMCA to a longitudinal health study for residents, Lake Nona continues to be

Innovating ‘Green’ .ORG Site Yellow Pages Goes Green Announces Rebranding As YellowPagesDirectory.com

NEW YORK, NY – A New York based Yellow Pages company has announced it is re-branding itself as YellowPagesDirectory.com. An innovator in Yellow Pages listings, the website, which began as InteractiveCities.com in 2006, hosts over 27,000,000 business listings and over 280,000,000 residential White Pages listings in the United States. The service originally re-branded itself YellowPagesGoesGreen.org in 2010 when the business took a significant turn towards an environmentally sound mission pushing hard for the total elimination of print phone books. Together with online petition site PaperlessPetition.org, the two urged for an environmentally sound solution for consumers to opt-out of print phone book delivery gathering thousands of signatures which were then forwarded on to phone book companies. The service was the only one of its kind and attracted tremendous response from consumers looking to opt-out creating an undeniable and needed response from phone companies. For years, YellowPagesGoesGreen.org continued to work with municipalities and local governments around the country to establish ordinances to mandate Yellow Pages and White Pages only be delivered to home and offices that ask for them. As a result, in 2010, the city of Seattle passed the first ordinance requiring phone-book companies to let residents opt out of getting the yellow pages and assigned the companies penalties for each unwanted book delivered. The law was the first of its kind and was fought by the Local Search Association, an organization representing Yellow Pages publishers with the organization winning the case and striking down the law, however, the growing awareness of the case

Japan Running Out of 11-Digit Phone Numbers as Country Embraces “Internet of Things” Smart Technology

NEW YORK – The communications ministry of Japan has reacted to fears that the country will run out of 11-digit telephone numbers by 2022 by approving the creation of 10 billion 14-digit phone numbers, a move that has already been approved by the county’s three major mobile device carriers. The new numbers, according to reports, should be introduced by the end of 2021.  The rapid adoption of “Internet of Things” devices, which require their own contact phone numbers in Japan, has done a great deal to exhaust the country supply of 11-digit phone numbers in the country. File photo: Pixabay. A number of factors, including the impending roll-out of Japan’s new 5G Network in 2020, has attributed to an increase in devices with connectivity that will require a slew of new phone numbers. The rapid adoption of “Internet of Things” devices, which require their own contact phone numbers in Japan, has done a great deal to exhaust the country supply of 11-digit phone numbers in the country.  The new phone numbers, which start with the prefix “020,” were introduced initially at the start of 2017 to exclusively accommodate Internet of Things devices. 80 million “020” numbers have been assigned to Internet of Things devices as of the end of March 2019, but with the impending exhaustion of the current 11-digit telephone number system in Japan, officials have created 10 billion more “020” numbers with the intention that they would now be spread between both Internet of Things devices and traditional

Americans Top Environmental Concern? It’s Their Drinking Water

NEW YORK – As far as the environment is concerned, there are a number of factors that people should be worrying about these days, from climate change to micro-plastics to poisons infiltrating the very air we breathe, in addition to a whole host of other vile maladies that can be harmful to our collective health. But with all of that to choose from, a recent study has shown that one issue rises above all else in the minds of most Americans when it comes to their personal environmental concerns – their drinking water. The poll also showed that climate change is of importance to many residents, however when it comes down to it, people want to be sure that the water they’re putting into their bodies is free of any and all contaminants and not a danger to their health and well-being. File photo: Pixabay. According to the latest Gallup poll, most US citizens are concerned about water pollution and having access to clean drinking water. The poll also showed that climate change is of importance to many residents, however when it comes down to it, people want to be sure that the water they’re putting into their bodies is free of any and all contaminants and not a danger to their health and well-being. The poll broke the United States down into four regions – Northeast, West, South, and Midwest – and in each of those regions residents were asked for their opinions on various issues affecting the environment,

Earth Day 2019 Has Come and Gone, but Here’s some Green Living Tips to Help Celebrate Year-Round

NEW YORK – Monday, April 22 was Earth Day, a holiday that was created 49 years ago in order to remind the world how their actions affect the environment, and how we all should be collectively taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint upon the planet in order to ensure the health and well-being of future generations. In this day and age of differing political and social opinions on just about everything, helping to save our environment is certainly a cause everyone can get behind, and to make that easier for the average man, woman, and child to do, we’ve compiled a list of the top things your can do to help protect our planet. Recycle…and not just the easy stuff. “Micro-trash” needs attention as well Sure, some household items are easy to recycle, including large plastic, aluminum, cardboard, and glass, and it helps that many local municipalities offer weekly recycling pickups. However, a lot of people tend to overlook smaller items such as plastic straws, paper wrapping, and plastic grocery store bags. Most people tend to throw this “micro-trash” out, and as a result they end up clogging landfills across the country. Your average person typically isn’t going to make the extra effort to try to separate these things from their regular trash, so a healthy alternative would be using metal or biodegradable straws and reusable grocery store bags instead of their single-use equivalents. The switch may be easier than you think. Using reusable utensils Another item that people

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