The team at Metropia cares about what gets in the air, but we don’t forget about that glistening, precious liquid that no one can live without.

Most of us automatically think of the desert as the most arid climate, but any lack of rain in such notably dry places is only relative. Drought has struck places that are historically known for an abundance of water in the past few decades, namely due to unusual warmth in the weather patterns. According to the Palmer Drought Index, which is used by NOAA to measure relative dryness or wetness affecting water-sensitive economies for the United States, indicated that the hardest hit areas in the past year were the heart of Texas and the entire Northwest (rainy Seattle? Seriously?). And who could have missed the severe drought issue in agricultural California over the past couple of years, even if the news headlines were only in your...

Thoom! You’re at the gas pumps and you hear this familiar, sonorous shut-off click signaling that your tank is full. The total reads $20.41 and that odd amount of change due somehow feels like wearing one shoe.

You decide to squeeze the nozzle to get that extra 4 cents for a comfortable multiple of 5, or if you have a great discount from shopper’s rewards you may even try for an extra 50 cents- despite the warning label that advises against topping off. It’s likely that you wait until your car is riding on fumes before you fuel up so you can get that great discount per gallon.

Before you go beyond the pump’s automatic cut off, you should know why topping off your fuel tank is not such a great idea.

Topping off can cause damage to your fuel system

Your car is engineered with a vapor collection system that can be compromised by overfilling...

February 1st, 2016 - Tucson, Arizona During the weekend of January 22nd through 24th the University of Arizona’s Science and Engineering Library hosted student hackers from 35 different colleges for the largest hackathon in the Southwest - Hack Arizona.

This annual talent pipeline offers university students of all tech backgrounds and experience levels the chance to break into teams and tackle challenges provided by event sponsors. Put on by the University and Innovate UA, this 36-hour race from project conception to presentation saw great success this year with over 97 completed projects presented by teams on the final day.

Of the many teams and challenges to be hacked, it was Tucson Flux Team that met Metropia’s Data Visualization Challenge. The Data Visualization Challenge was to visualize and rationalize Metropia data, discerning the patterns and...

Feb. 2, 2016 - Tucson, Arizona  Metropia, Inc., in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), was awarded a lead role in developing an architecture that incentivizes drivers to improve their commuting behavior through more energy-efficient  choices.

This effort, funded by the TRANSNET program, a national initiative by the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), selected five high-potential, ground-breaking technologies to revolutionize the energy efficiency of the transportation sector. The other selected teams are Palo Alto Research Center, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of Maryland at College Park.

NREL is partnering with Metropia to leverage their urban analytics platform including...

The benefits of raising an organic garden are immeasurable. Organic gardening is great for the environment, and it can be a fun and interesting science project for families. Gardens can either be a personal shrine or the heartbeat of an entire community; neighborhoods are greatly enriched when its members come together to tend and harvest beautiful, nutritious, homegrown food.  

Growing your own food carries more satisfaction than simply purchasing it in the market. Nurturing the plants and harvesting their produce makes mealtimes meaningful and the full flavor and nutritional value of freshly picked fruits and veggies is very nourishing. Connecting with the earth and playing in the dirt carries additional health-promoting benefits since good “bugs” live in natural soil.

Anyone can enjoy the benefits of organic gardening! City dwellers often rely on small spaces...

Accelerate…brake…accelerate…brake…etc... Monotonous, isn’t it?

Great news! You can get around it!

Cycling around Tucson has become easier thanks to the installation of bike lanes in traffic and movements to heighten awareness of bikes as part of the mix. The world looks refreshingly different from the perspective of a bicycle! Riding your bike is liberating as you can feel invigorating wind on your face and notice scenery and other landmarks that just fly past in your car. 

You may even notice a cool new local coffee roaster that you usually turn a blind eye to in your travels.

Due to popular demand, the City of Tucson has put forth a commendable effort to reconfigure parts of the city infrastructure to make room for inner city commuter bike lanes and paths. Increasing popularity of biking as an alternative means of transportation has positively...

Metropia to Sponsor Largest Hackathon in the Southwest – Hack Arizona

More than 800 student participants from universities all over the nation will rally in UA’s Science and Engineering Library this weekend (January 22nd to 24th) to “hack” various projects crafted to benefit health, sustainability, and the Tucson community. The annual event, known as Hack Arizona, is a recognized talent pipeline where university students of all technology applications and experience levels can find one another and work with mentors to complete projects they develop themselves.

The hackathon was first held last year in the Science and Engineering Library after the University and Innovate UA teamed up and arranged for it in an effort to challenge and support tech-minded students.

Local traffic solution creator, Metropia Inc., will be...

You have a lot riding on your tires – in more ways than one.

Every driver wants to know how to improve fuel economy. In line with our policy to drive better cities, Metropia App’s developers keep a green mind when it comes to decongesting cities; therefore reducing vehicle idling times and helping you get to your destinations faster.

Greener cities are also made possible with fuel efficient vehicles and alternative transportation. You are probably familiar with a few techniques to maximize your fuel economy, but did you ever consider how the tires you’re rolling on take a part in it?

Rolling resistance is what it’s all about when you look to your tires for fuel economy. The laws of physics dictate that stationary objects want to remain that way, so moving those objects demands energy. The more resistance your vehicle has to...

Sunday, January 10th to Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

The Metropia team is heading to Washington D.C. to participate in the 95th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. The spotlight theme for this year’s meeting is Research Convergence for a Multimodal Future. Other hot topics include: Transformation Technologies, Resilience, and Transportation and Public Health. Metropia team members will present on a variety of topics including variable tolling, joint time-of-day and route choice models, communication in transportation research, the use of surveys in the transportation decision-making process, and social media traffic reports.

The TRB annual meeting brings together more than 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world. Presentations, sessions...

Metropia helps users get to their destinations more quickly and provides them with perks for doing so. But that’s not the only thing Metropia does.

The Metropia app uses urban analytics to help those commuters to and from their destinations. Urban analytics, or data about when, where, how, and how fast bodies and vehicles move through urban space, provides valuable information for developers, government decision-makers, and entrepreneurs.

Here are 10 things urban analytics can do beyond helping you get to work on time.

1. Provide information about travel patterns.

If city officials are thinking of adding another lane to a highway, or are considering reducing lanes on a street, they can use urban analytics to parse data about how those decisions would affect traffic congestion—and whether or not it is ultimately worth it to spend the money...