Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. Today we are sharing coverage from moovel Lab’s newest project, “Who Wants To Be A Self Driving Car?” We’re also sharing speculations of a car-less future, how public private partnerships can help transit agencies with financial pressures, Vision Zero cities that are turning to data to achieve their goals, and more.
You can be a self-driving car:
Auto Evolution covers moovel Lab’s “Who Wants to Be a Self-Driving Car?” project, in particular examining the technology that allows humans to experience the reality of an autonomous vehicle. The article applauds moovel Lab’s motives for creating the vehicular platform, saying, “The actually quite brilliant idea is to ‘use augmented reality to help people empathize with self-driving vehicle systems.’”
Auto Evolution: Daimler-Owned moovel Group Creates a Confusing Human-Driven Autonomous Vehicle by Vlad Mitrache, October 12, 2017.
A car-less future:
An opinion piece in Autoblog argues that rather than AVs and other smart mobility options forcing cities to go “car-less,” we will instead see a future of re-imagined mobility which incorporates these technologies into existing infrastructures.
Autoblog: Visions of ‘cities of the future’ get it wrong when it comes to cars by Doug Newcomb, October 9, 2017
Pittsburgh expands mobility options:
For Pittsburgh transit riders, a new partnership with “Healthy Rides” will allow customers with a fare card to utilize unlimited bike share trips of 15 minutes or less. Crucially, this will allow riders to access free and expanded transport options while increasing access to people without credit card accounts.
Streetsblog: In Pittsburgh, Transit Passes Come With Bike-Share Access at No Extra Charge by Angie Schmitt, October 9, 2017.
How AVs could help NYC:
Fast Company examines a new report, “New Mobility: Autonomous Vehicles and the Region” which seeks to demonstrate how AVs can improve mobility in New York City. According to the authors, the city’s current problems with traffic and delayed commutes could be mitigated by the strategic adoption of urban mobility technologies and policies that support these infrastructural changes.
Fast Company: How New York Can Use Self-Driving Cars To Improve Mobility, Not Clog Traffic by Eillie Anzilotti, October 9, 2017.
P3s will alleviate financial pressures:
A new contribution for The Eno Center for Transportation explores the importance of public-private partnerships in the public transportation sector. The piece argues that, “public agencies must strongly align the private sector’s profit motive with the public sector’s goals in order to unlock this potential using financial incentives in contracts and market competition during the bidding process.”
The Eno Center for Transportation: A Bid for Transit- Improving Service with Contracted Operations by Stephanie Lotshaw, Paul Lewis, David Bragdon, and Zak Accuardi, October 10, 2017.
“Transit nerds” help Boston:
Boston’s MBTA has been utilizing the efforts of a group of engineers and IT experts– called TransitMatters– for transportation advice. TransitMatters uses analytics, logic, and data to provide the MBTA with suggestions for improvement on current projects, advice to improve current transit lines, and more.
Commonwealth Magazine: Shadow transit agency by Bruce Mohl, October 10, 2017.
Data can eliminate traffic deaths:
Vision Zero cities– those committed to eliminating traffic fatalities and severe injuries– are turning to data to further understand where crashes happen most often, what conditions correlate with collisions, and which road users are most vulnerable. Additionally, Vision Zero cities are able to build on these data-driven efforts to fill gaps in existing data, which improves the accuracy, scope, and fairness of their efforts to eliminate traffic fatalities.
Government Technology: Can Better Data Make Zero Traffic Deaths a Reality?” by Chris Bousquet, October 11, 2017.
Governments need to plan for AVs:
On Tuesday, President Trump told lawmakers that he is abandoning the public-pAs the arrival of autonomous vehicles brings the prospect of improved transportation systems, TechCrunch argues that cities, states, and the Federal Government all need to revise their transportation planning accordingly.
TechCrunch: Now is the time to plan for the autonomous vehicle future by Tom Alberg and Craig Mundie, October 11, 2017.
Please note that this article expresses the opinions of the author and does not reflect the views of Move Forward.