You can be a self-driving car, a car-less future, P3s will rid financial pressures, and data can eliminate traffic deaths

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.

moovel CEO on the forefront of multimodal transportation, TriMet’s new phone-tapping capabilities, “commuter lounges” for teachers, and important AV developments from Germany

Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week we are sharing news from moovel’s CEO on the impact of contactless ticketing on the future of multimodal transportation, a new development from TriMet’s Hop Fastpass, the most important aspect of driverless car development, and more.

moovel CEO on contactless ticketing:

Nat Parker is featured in Government Technology discussing the development of TriMet’s Hop Fastpass e-fare system, citing the technology as the forefront of multi-modal transportation. “Today, with the technology innovations in cloud computing … we use the [Hop] card as just a credential, or a token, that signifies an account that’s resident in the cloud.”

Government Technology: “How Contactless Ticketing Is Increasing Convenience for Transit Travelers” by Skip Descant, August 23, 2017.

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TriMet announces phone tapping capability:

A blog post from TriMet elaborates on the addition of mobile payment capabilities to their new Hop Fastpass service. Hop Fastpass is compatible with Android Pay, Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay, making the service even more convenient than before and completely mobile.

TriMet: “Just Tap And Go! Hopping On Board Transit With Hop Now As Easy As Tapping Your Phone” by Tia York, August 22, 2017.

The Oregonian on HopFast Pass’ NFC tech:

Elliot Njus continues his ongoing coverage of TriMet’s Hop Fastpass application, writing about the Hop’s new phone tapping feature for fare payments, powered by moovel. The piece highlights NFC technology and further delves into the new features and benefits of this mobile application.

Oregon Live: “Commuters can now pay TriMet, C-Tran fare by tapping phone” by Elliot Njus, August 23, 2017.

The efficacy of P3 collaborations:

David Spielfogel dives into how innovations in transportation are only feasible with collaborations in the public and private sectors. Spielfogel also addresses his concerns with the introduction of autonomous vehicles.

Government Technology: “Collaboration is Transportation Innovation’s Crucial Ingredient” by David Spielfogel, August 16, 2017.

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Can AVs impact real estate?:

Urbanism Next provides a brief list predicting the potential impact that the adoption of AVs could have on real estate. The blog cites parking, sprawl, housing prices, and more as potential factors that could dramatically shift the landscape for real estate.

Urbanism Next: “AVs and Real Estate – A Guide To Potential Impacts” by Nico Larco, August 21, 2017.

Teachers switching up their commutes:

Mobility Lab launched a new video series exploring how everyday Americans can rethink their transportation options. Part 1 of this series focuses on a program that helps teachers and staff with their commutes, including reimbursements for public transit and  “commuter lounges” for those who bike and walk to work.

Mobility Lab: “Teachers leave behind their lonesome commutes” by Paul Mackie, August 22, 2017

Hackers can disrupt AV adoption:

In MIT Technology Review, computer security research scientist Simson L. Garfinkel discusses how autonomous vehicles will have to fight and defend against a spectrum of cyber attacks. Garfinkel warns that if AV technology does not have the means to defend against malicious attacks, deployment of these vehicles could rapidly cease.

MIT Technology Review: “Hackers Are the Real Obstacle for Self-Driving Vehicles” by Simson Garfinkel, August 22, 2017.

Regulatory “rules” for German AVs:

German regulators have drafted a series of regulatory rules for the development of autonomous vehicles in the country, according to Reuters. This initial draft “will be the basis for software guidelines that will decide the best possible course of action to protect human life above all else in an autonomous car emergency.

The Drive: “Germany Drafts Ethics Rules for Self-Driving Cars” by Gabriel Lowenberg, August 23, 2017.

Please note that this article expresses the opinions of the author and does not reflect the views of Move Forward.

moovel CEO on fumbling for a train ticket in the rain, TriMet on its Hop Fastpass success, swimming to work and autonomous car-ready highways

Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week’s edition features an interview with moovel’s CEO, Nat Parker, and an article explaining the evolution of TriMet’s Hop Fastpass application.

Other topics covered include news around the longest “autonomous-ready” highway in the U.S., a commuter who’s making a splash in Germany, unforeseen dilemmas in urban landscape with the introduction of EVs, and more.

moovel CEO weighs in on mobility innovation:

moovel CEO Nat Parker is interviewed in ETW discussing the evolution of smart cities, moovel’s work innovating urban transit, the company’s Fare Connect technology, and more.

Eno Transportation Weekly: “Interview with Nat Parker, CEO of moovel” by Greg Rogers, August 8, 2017.

The evolution of Hop Fastpass:

TriMet’s Director of Revenue Operations, Chris Tucker, explains how Hop Fastpass works to provide Portland citizens with the “fairest” fare collection system in America.

Mass Transit Magazine: “Re-Inventing Electronic Fare Payment: TriMet Hop FastPass Works to Bring Transit to the 21st Century” by Chris Tucker, August 8, 2017.


$218 million investment lays path for autonomous car testing:

A 35 mile stretch of highway from Columbus to East Liberty, Ohio is being redone to become the longest “autonomous-ready” road in the country.

Inverse: “The Longest Autonomous Car-Ready Highway Nears Completion in Ohio” by Dyani Sabin, August 2, 2017.

Public-private partnerships provide “smart” funding for cities:

A recent survey conducted by Northeastern University-Silicon Valley found that although the public sector is interested in expanding Smart City technology and use of IoT, a lack of funding is limiting overall adoption and development.

Government Technology: “Report: Funding, Focus Are Issues as Agencies Eye Internet of Things” by Theo Douglas, August 4, 2017.


Why drive when you can swim?:

Benjamin David of Munich, Germany recently shared with the BBC that he commutes to work swimming down the local river each day, saving time and giving him peace of mind. David believes more people will adopt his ways as traffic in Munich becomes increasingly worse.

The Washington Post: “Munich man swim-commutes to work in Isar river to avoid bad traffic” by Marissa Payne, August 5, 2017.

EVs present unforeseen planning dilemmas:

In urban environments where street parking is scarce, the transition to electric vehicles and subsequent proliferation of charging stations may require a rethinking of what a curb looks like.

Fortune: “Where Are All of These Electric Cars Going to Charge?” by David Z Morris, August 6, 2017.


Portland congestion report raises eyebrows:

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) released a report earlier this week examining traffic trends on Portland area freeways, in particular describing how a growing population of commuters is leading to unmanageable congestion. While the report delves into possible solutions, some say the issue is being exaggerated and that adding more lanes will be costly and ultimately ineffective.

City Observatory: “What a congestion report doesn’t tell us about congestion” by Joe Cortright, August 8, 2017.

Traveling in smart pods:

A new startup believes that it has invented the future of smart transportation with “modular pods.” According to the company, we may soon use algorithm-driven systems consisting of individual pod vehicles that connect and disconnect with one another to deliver people from place to place.

Government Technology: “Modular Pods: The Next Level of Autonomous Transportation” by Isha Salian and Trisha Thadani, August 9, 2017.

Please note that this article expresses the opinions of the author and does not reflect the views of Move Forward.

This Week in the Headlines: July 24th – July 30th, 2017

Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week’s edition features coverage of moovel’s Fare Connect technology, along with news around ridesharing’s competition with public transit, how “transit deserts” can effect more than just mobility, how new automotive trends are impacting the future of transportation, and more.

moovel’s Fare Connect benefits riders and agencies:

Following moovel’s presence at UITP 2017, MassTransit Magazine features a story on the new Fare Connect technology, highlighting the benefits of its contactless and hardware agnostic solutions for both riders and transit agencies. The story includes comments from moovel technical project manager Sophia Maletz, who highlights how Fare Connect has been beneficial to OCTA after being rolled out on their fleet of buses.

Mass Transit Magazine: “moovel Introduces Fare Connect a Contactless Fare System” by Maile Bucher, July 25, 2017.


Ridesharing set to compete with public transit:

As ridesharing services become more widely used, experts say that the next space for growth in this industry is in direct competition with the public transit sector. Bloomberg’s Conor Sen addresses the dilemma and provides insight into how the government should prepare for these pending transportation changes.

Bloomberg: “The Dilemma When Uber or Lyft Outcompetes Public Transit” by Conor Sen, July 20, 2017.

Hyperloop- the pros and cons:

Elon Musk has indicated that his Boring Company gained verbal approval from government officials to begin working on a hyperloop from New York City to Washington, D.C., an initiative meant to cut travel time between the two cities down to just 29 minutes. However, critics say that this technology is not yet proven and is not cost effective.

CityLab: “5 Reasons to Be Wary of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop” by Laura Bliss, July 21, 2017.


Auto-valet technology makes its debut:

Daimler and Bosch have partnered together to create an automated valet system designed to find a parking spot and park the vehicle autonomously. The two companies debuted this technology in the parking garage for the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

TechCrunch: “Daimler and Bosch create a driverless parking garage” by Darrell Etherington, July 24, 2017.

Access to public transit impacts more than just mobility:

Research shows that low-income residents living in “transit deserts,” areas in a city where demand for transit outweighs supply, experience debilitating setbacks. The lack of available transportation options can impede their abilities to keep a job or receive healthcare.

The Conversation: “Stranded in our own communities: Transit deserts make it hard for people to find jobs and stay healthy” by Junfeng Jiao and Nicole McGrath, July 25, 2017.

The new auto trends shaping the future of mobility:

Forbes’ Daniel Newman explores the top six digital transformation trends that are occurring in the automotive industry. Along with autonomous driving, Newman sites digital sources in the car buying process, connected supply chain and improved manufacturing, Mobility as a Service, and data security and protection as the industry’s top trends.

Forbes: “Top 6 Digital Transformation Trends In The Automotive Industry” by Daniel Newman, July 25, 2017.


Mexico City aims to rebalance urban ecosystem:

Mexico City is purposely limiting the growth of the city’s parking infrastructure, hoping to return some balance to its urban ecosystem. Counter-intuitively, it is believed that large parking lots and garages create more traffic, make housing less affordable, and make city streets more difficult to navigate.

Wired: “Mexico City is Killing Parking Spaces. Pay attention America” by Aarian Marshall, July 25, 2017

Please note that this article expresses the opinions of the author and does not reflect the views of Move Forward.

This Week in the Headlines: July 10th – July 16th, 2017

Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week’s edition features news of TriMet’s Hop FastPass and a review of moovel lab’s What The Street?! Project; along with industry news regarding the future of mass transit, the predicted impact of autonomous vehicles on society, and evidence that smart technologies demonstrably improve quality of life.

moovel named Top Innovation in Transportation:

moovel has been included on the GIMI Institute’s list of “Top 10 Innovations in Transportation.” The list concludes that moovel “is an urban mobility company, making cities smarter” and “aims to discover how new technologies will affect the way we move tomorrow and connect the ever-changing state of urban transportation.”

GIM Institute: “Top 10 Innovations in Transportation” by Julija Kaminskaite, June 29, 2017.

WTS?! is certifiably geoawesome:

What the Street?! (WTS?!) was given a positive review in Geo Awesomeness, as the author concluded that “the Mobility Space Report is #geoawesome and highly recommend that you check it out. If you have some time to kill, try guessing where each of these parking spaces is located in the world!”

Geo awesomeness: “The Mobility Space Report: How much space do car parks take up in our cities?” by Muthukumar Kumar, July 8, 2017.



Hop FastPass shows clear benefits for riders:

Reporter Elliot Njus delves into how Hop FastPass’ new technology saves money, facilitates speedier boarding, and provides other tangible benefits for commuters. Njus further notes, “Once you’ve spent the equivalent of a monthly pass — $100 for an adult on TriMet — you’re set for the rest of the month. In May and June, the fare-capping system saved me at least $50.”

The Oregonian: “Hop Fastpass: The pros and cons of TriMet’s new e-fare system” by Elliot Njus, July 10, 2017.

moovel helps Portland be smarter:

Nat Parker and moovel N.A. are featured in The Portland Tribune as the author describes the Hop FastPass system and its role in making Portland a smarter city.

The Portland Tribune: “” by Lyndsey Hewitt July 11, 2017.

The impact of driverless cars on urban mobility:

Patrick Sisson describes how tech companies, ride-sharing firms, automotive companies, rental car companies, and the federal government will become key players in reshaping urban transportation with the rise of autonomous vehicles.

Curbed: “Driverless cars: Who’s doing what, and how it impacts urban transportation” by Patrick Sisson, July 7, 2017.

Urban planner discusses the future of transit:

In an interview with City Lab, urban planner Caroline Bos discusses the future of transit networks and terminals. Bos explains “as architects and urban designers, we are familiar with the future to some extent, but what about the disruptive effect of tech changes? Can we adapt our processes to adapt to unanticipated changes, find models of flexibility and resilience?”

City Lab: “Planning the Transit Hubs of the Future” by Feargus O’Sullivan, July 10, 2017.

Daimler invests in mobility services:

Daimler Buses announced this week that they are joining the Berlin-based CleverShuttle mobility service as a strategic investor for “on-demand mobility.” This move comes as Daimler Buses aim to take a larger role in shaping the future of mobility with innovative service offerings.

Automotive World: “Daimler Buses is joining CleverShuttle – a cooperation for “on-demand mobility” by Staff, July 11, 2017.


New whitepaper discusses AVs potential affect on society:

A new whitepaper, “The Journey to Mobility on Demand,” claims that the adoption of AVs will be a major event the automotive world and ultimately, unlock the potential of MaaS solutions.

The Drum: “Mobility on Demand will change the game of automotive marketing, predicts new Clarity Whitepaper” by Jessica Davis, July 12, 2017.

Hyperloop moves from hype to reality:

Hyperloop One, a creator of tubular transportation, has unveiled a full-scale prototype of their pod design and completed the first real-world test of this high-speed technology in vacuum conditions.

Curbed: “Hyperloop One reveals full-size prototype of its shiny new pod design” by Alissa Walker, July 12, 2017.


Study finds smart city citizens have higher quality of life:

Study finds smart city citizens have higher quality of life: A new study found that the more participants used smart city services, the higher quality of life they achieved. Smart city proponents believe this is proof that the implementation of intelligent technologies has a real, positive effect on human lives.

Government Technology: “From Research to Results: The Substance Behind Smart Cities” by Chris Bousquet, July 12, 2017.

Please note that this article expresses the opinions of the author and does not reflect the views of Move Forward.