Atlanta is paving the way for driverless vehicles. According to our partners at the Atlanta business chronicle, The city wants to install roadside features like cameras, road sensors, parking meters and traffic lights that can communicate with each other as well as the vehicles on the road.
The project is slated for the stretch of North Avenue between the Georgia tech campus and ponce city market.
It would be an integral part in Atlanta’s development as a “Smart City”. The city hopes to become a leader in driverless cars and vehicle to infrastructure communication. The business chronicle also reports that Atlanta is already looking for industry partners. Luckily, they may not have to look far, as major companies like u-p-s, home depot and now Mercedes Benz and Porsche cars North America call the ATL home. READ MORE

And if you ever worry about where your luggage is when you fly, Delta now has an app for that. The fly delta mobile app has been updated to include a luggage tracking app. The bags will carry an RFID tag that allows customers to see the last known location on a map as it winds its way from the departure gate to the belly of the plane to the baggage carousel. READ MORE

Georgia tech recently announced the creation of a major regional energy center. The center will study how energy policy and innovation intersect in the southeast and plans to utilize experts from universities, think tanks, businesses, non-profits and research facilities. READ MORE

Georgia tech has also received a $4.6 million dollar grant to improve the lives of people living with a disability through wireless technology. The u-s department of health awarded the funds to tech's center for advanced communications policy to study how wireless technology can be used by those with disabilities for greater employment opportunities, social connections and community involvement. READ MORE

And Kennesaw State University will receive $900,000 dollars in grant money. The National Science Foundation awarded the funds to improve minority performance and success in KSU Stem Degree programs. With the grant money minority undergrads can work with top scientists to support their efforts to get into grad schools. READ MORE

A new incubator is now open in Peachtree Corners. Beyond office and maker space, prototype prime will also provide mentors, venture capitalists, service providers and an educational series.
ATDC and the city of Peachtree Corners combined their efforts to launch prototype prime along with co-founders Sanhay Parekh and mayor Mike Mason. READ MORE

Duluth has will soon have a new engineering and innovation center. Envistacom will use the facility to research and develop communications and counter-terrorism technology to meet national security requirements. Envistacom is a major supplier of communications technology to the US military and also provides cybersecurity services. READ MORE

The Burson Center Incubator in Carrollton is getting their own innovation lab. The Tinker's Box will be a tech-based maker-space focusing on robotics, electronics and computer applications. The Tinker's Box is set to open next June. READ MORE

And several Georgia companies made this year's list of top one-hundred FinTech forward companies according to American Banker and BAI. READ MORE

Top 100 Technology Providers from GA

8. NCR – Duluth, GA
9. Total System Services, Inc. (TSYS) – Columbus, GA
18. Equifax – Atlanta, GA
78. TransCentra – Norcross, GA

Top 25 Enterprise Companies

21. First Data Corporation – Atlanta, GA

The Technology Association of Georgia is looking for volunteers in the tech community to give back with a day of service. Tag is partnering with the United Way of Greater Atlanta to help med-share and books for Africa.Tag is signing up volunteers to help gather and organize medical and educational supplies on November 11th and send those supplies around the world. If you'd like to help, click here.

Finally, we want to remind you about GSMA Mobility Live!
It's happening November first and second at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Tickets are still available for 175 dollars.
You can register here. For a 15% discount, just type in PROMO CODE: MOBILITY15.

In this week's interview, Titania Jordan sits down with Secretary of State Brian Kemp to talk about the security of Georgia’s voting machines.

3Ci President Rob MacLane talks with Patrick Kinsella, the VP of Technology & Transformation at Onepath about their mission as a "Cable to Cloud" company, plans for the future and recent Excalibur Award win.