This Week in the Headlines: May 21st – 28th, 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 childhood reflections from our CEO and of our new product, Fare Connect. We’re also sharing articles on ride-sharing expansion, smart city trends, and how experts think autonomous vehicles will reshape urban landscapes.

 

moovel CEO shares childhood public transit experience:
Nat Parker’s piece, “Storyteller-in-chief: Get on the Bus!”, was published in Oregon Business. The article discusses Nat’s childhood experiences with public transit and how these memories lead to his current role at moovel and his commitment to an improved transportation experience
Oregon Business: “Storyteller-in-chief: Get on the Bus!” by Nat Parker, May 15, 2017

 

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Report predicts mobile ticketing growth:
A new report from MRRSE, titled “Mobile Ticketing Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2016–2024 predicts that the mobile ticketing market will experience substantial growth and reach a value of $3,200 million by 2024. The report lists moovel Group GmbH as a key vendor operating in the mobile ticketing market.
BusByway:“Global Mobile Ticketing Market to Surge at a Remarkable CAGR of 21.3% During the Period of 2016–2024”” by Staff, May 15, 2017.

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moovel launches Fare Connect:
METRO Magazine featured a write-up on the Fare Connect announcement this morning in the publication’s Technology and News Section.
METRO Magazine: “moovel North America launches new contactless fare platform at UITP”” by Staff, May 15, 2017.

 

Intelligent Mobility in London:
In an Autotrade article on the “Intelligent Mobility” event in London next month, moovel is noted as a speaker at last year’s event. This yearwill focus on Healthcare and Wellbeing, and bring together industry experts on the Future of Mobility Trends, Freight Delivery and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.
Autotrade: “Integration of digital health in the car unleashes new possibilities”” by Padraic Deane, May 18, 2017.

 

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Maven to NYC: GM’s car-sharing service, Maven, is expanding to New York City. Maven includes three services: City, which is on-demand short-term rental; Home, which offers shared fleets at residential buildings for resident use; and Gig, which is a short-term rental option for on-demand economy drivers.
TechCrunch: ““GM expands Maven car sharing to NYC”” by Tomio Geron, May 9, 2017.

 

Judge blocks Uber engineer from: A federal judge ordered Uber to block lead engineer Anthony Levandowski from working on the company’s self-driving sensor technology. This comes on the heels of a new partnership announcement between Uber competitors Lyft and Waymo, which surfaced over the weekend.
Forbes: ““Judge Gives Uber’s Self-Driving Lead The Boot A Day After Lyft And Waymo Team Up”” by Janet Burns, May 15, 2017.

 

“Rideables” proposed for urban transit: In response to London’s new network of Cycle Speedways, “Rideables” have been proposed to democratize the new cycling infrastructure. “Rideables, or personal electric vehicles, provide commuters with a clean, quick, and comfortable commute from door-to-door, without the requirement of a parking space or a workplace shower.
City Metric:“Pittsburgh Mayor Wants a Road Map to Ethical Driverless Cities” by Alfie Shaw, May 16, 2017.

 

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Uber partners with Transit: Uber announced that it has partnered with Transit, a Canada-based urban transport information service that operates in more than 125 cities to show live departure times whenever a rider’s destination is near a transit stop. The update goes in 50 cities across the U.S. and is only available on the Android Uber app.
VentureBeat: ““Uber app to display real-time public transit data so you can easily combine modes of transport”” by Paul Sawers, May 16, 2017.

 

Autonomous vehicles reshape urban landscape: With autonomous cars set to become the new means of transportation, city planners, transportation officials, and developers predict reshape development patterns and urban landscape. Some experts even speculate AVs will have as big an impact as the invention of the automobile.
Curbed: ““As self-driving cars hit the road, real estate development may take new direction”” by Patrick Sisson, May 16, 2017.

 

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Smart city trends: As cities embrace technology and move forward to become “smart,” three trends have emerged in the social and digital space; making smart synonymous with secure, saving money through efficiency, and driving innovation through conservation. trends will enable the smart cities of the future to be more secure, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly than ever before.
Ad Week: “What Smart Cities of the Future Will Look Like”” by Mary C. Long, May 17, 2017.

 

Governments and private enterprise working towards transit innovations: The San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) held a forum this week to discuss how governments and private enterprises can work together to encourage and anticipate transportation innovations as autonomous cars, bike-sharing business models, and technology for urban mobility.
Streetsblog San Francisco: ““SPUR Talk: Public-Private Partnership and the Future of Mobility”” by Roger Rudick, May 17, 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: May 14th-19th, 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 childhood reflections from our CEO and of our new product, Fare Connect. We’re also sharing articles on ride-sharing expansion, smart city trends, and how experts think autonomous vehicles will reshape urban landscapes.

 

moovel CEO shares childhood public transit experience:
Nat Parker’s piece, “Storyteller-in-chief: Get on the Bus!”, was published in Oregon Business. The article discusses Nat’s childhood experiences with public transit and how these memories lead to his current role at moovel and his commitment to an improved transportation experience
Oregon Business: “Storyteller-in-chief: Get on the Bus!” by Nat Parker, May 15, 2017

 

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Report predicts mobile ticketing growth:
A new report from MRRSE, titled “Mobile Ticketing Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2016–2024 predicts that the mobile ticketing market will experience substantial growth and reach a value of $3,200 million by 2024. The report lists moovel Group GmbH as a key vendor operating in the mobile ticketing market.
BusByway:“Global Mobile Ticketing Market to Surge at a Remarkable CAGR of 21.3% During the Period of 2016–2024”” by Staff, May 15, 2017.

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moovel launches Fare Connect:
METRO Magazine featured a write-up on the Fare Connect announcement this morning in the publication’s Technology and News Section.
METRO Magazine: “moovel North America launches new contactless fare platform at UITP”” by Staff, May 15, 2017.

 

Intelligent Mobility in London:
In an Autotrade article on the “Intelligent Mobility” event in London next month, moovel is noted as a speaker at last year’s event. This yearwill focus on Healthcare and Wellbeing, and bring together industry experts on the Future of Mobility Trends, Freight Delivery and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.
Autotrade: “Integration of digital health in the car unleashes new possibilities”” by Padraic Deane, May 18, 2017.

 

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Maven to NYC: GM’s car-sharing service, Maven, is expanding to New York City. Maven includes three services: City, which is on-demand short-term rental; Home, which offers shared fleets at residential buildings for resident use; and Gig, which is a short-term rental option for on-demand economy drivers.
TechCrunch: ““GM expands Maven car sharing to NYC”” by Tomio Geron, May 9, 2017.

 

Judge blocks Uber engineer from: A federal judge ordered Uber to block lead engineer Anthony Levandowski from working on the company’s self-driving sensor technology. This comes on the heels of a new partnership announcement between Uber competitors Lyft and Waymo, which surfaced over the weekend.
Forbes: ““Judge Gives Uber’s Self-Driving Lead The Boot A Day After Lyft And Waymo Team Up”” by Janet Burns, May 15, 2017.

 

“Rideables” proposed for urban transit: In response to London’s new network of Cycle Speedways, “Rideables” have been proposed to democratize the new cycling infrastructure. “Rideables, or personal electric vehicles, provide commuters with a clean, quick, and comfortable commute from door-to-door, without the requirement of a parking space or a workplace shower.
City Metric:“Pittsburgh Mayor Wants a Road Map to Ethical Driverless Cities” by Alfie Shaw, May 16, 2017.

 

shutterstock_314177504

 

Uber partners with Transit: Uber announced that it has partnered with Transit, a Canada-based urban transport information service that operates in more than 125 cities to show live departure times whenever a rider’s destination is near a transit stop. The update goes in 50 cities across the U.S. and is only available on the Android Uber app.
VentureBeat: ““Uber app to display real-time public transit data so you can easily combine modes of transport”” by Paul Sawers, May 16, 2017.

 

Autonomous vehicles reshape urban landscape: With autonomous cars set to become the new means of transportation, city planners, transportation officials, and developers predict reshape development patterns and urban landscape. Some experts even speculate AVs will have as big an impact as the invention of the automobile.
Curbed: ““As self-driving cars hit the road, real estate development may take new direction”” by Patrick Sisson, May 16, 2017.

 

shutterstock_195878072

 

Smart city trends: As cities embrace technology and move forward to become “smart,” three trends have emerged in the social and digital space; making smart synonymous with secure, saving money through efficiency, and driving innovation through conservation. trends will enable the smart cities of the future to be more secure, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly than ever before.
Ad Week: “What Smart Cities of the Future Will Look Like”” by Mary C. Long, May 17, 2017.

 

Governments and private enterprise working towards transit innovations: The San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) held a forum this week to discuss how governments and private enterprises can work together to encourage and anticipate transportation innovations as autonomous cars, bike-sharing business models, and technology for urban mobility.
Streetsblog San Francisco: ““SPUR Talk: Public-Private Partnership and the Future of Mobility”” by Roger Rudick, May 17, 2017

 


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

moovel Launches Fare Connect at UITP 2017

UITP Global Public Transport Summit is considered the not-to-miss occasion for the international public transport community, transport ministers, mayors, industry CEOs and urban visionaries to debate and explore emerging transit issues and ideas.

 

moovel was invited to take part in the UITP 2017 Innovation Guided Tour. According to UITP, the Innovation Tour was designed to “give Summit participants the opportunity to come face-to-face with the most groundbreaking exhibitors.” Representatives from each company exhibiting on the tour will welcome participants to their stand, presenting on key areas of innovation.

 

In the video below, moovel North America’s CEO Nat Parker addresses Innovation Tour participants.

 

 


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: May 8th-12th, 2017

Welcome to Move Forward’s new weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week’s edition features articles on Smart City accelerators and investments, technological developments and trends in urban mobility, and transportation’s role in the political sphere.

 

Smart City toolkit created for better accessibility:
G3ict and World Enabled, sponsored by Microsoft, have launched a new toolkit as part of the Smart Cities for All initiative. This toolkit is designed to make smart city initiatives accessible and beneficial for all citizens, including the elderly and disabled.
Cities Today: “New toolkit to help smart cities be more accessible” by Jonathan Andrews, May 8, 2017.

 

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First smart city accelerator takes off in Columbus:
In Columbus– the nation’s original U.S. DOT Smart City­– Singularity University, NCT Ventures, and American Electric Power have established the first smart city accelerator, aiming to lure businesses to the region while building solutions to public sector problems. Start-ups that develop products and services to improve the operation of cities will be eligible for up to $100,000 in investments.
TechCrunch:  “Columbus welcomes urban problem solvers with new accelerator” by John Mannes, May 8, 2017.

 

Report says shared mobility is key to solving urban transit problems:
A report published by U8C-Davis speculates that a shared electric and driverless urban transportation system could reduce worldwide urban transit carbon-dioxide emissions by 80% by 2050. The report also speculates that shared-mobility is the key piece to save energy, reduce emissions, decongest highways, free up urban space, cut transportation costs, and improve livability.
Wards Auto: “Report Says Shared Mobility Key to Better Future” by Alan Harman, May 8, 2017.

 

Pop-up bus launching in London:
Tech start-up Citymapper is launching a bus in Central London called CMX1. Redesigned externally and internally to meet modern necessities, CMX1 will only be running for 2 days each week on a “pop-up bus route”. Ultimately, the plan is to offer bus routes that vary dynamically in response to demand, and offer “Waze buses” that would adjust their route according to traffic conditions.
Wired: “Citymapper’s next stop? Launching a London bus” by Oliver Franklin-Wallis, May 8, 2017.

 

Start-up helps transit agencies plan new routes: Remix, a new start-up, provides transportation agencies with the data and visual tools to plan flexible transit routes, move existing routes, and create public-facing maps to share detailed plans with their consumers.
The Wall Street Journal: “Remix Helps Transit Agencies Create New Routes” by Tomio Geron, May 9, 2017.

 

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Urban-air mobility expected to grow: A recent article in TechCrunch suggests that “On-Demand Urban Air Transportation” is the next large development in the transit sector. Along with self-driving cars and shared vehicles, urban air mobility is expected to grow dramatically within the next five years.
TechCrunch: “The next billion-dollar startup will be in aerospace” by Francois Chopard, May 10, 2017.

 

Pittsburgh Mayor pushed for ethical guidelines: As Pittsburgh is home to Ford and Uber’s autonomous vehicle (AV) operations, the city’s Mayor, Bill Peduto, is calling for the formation of ethical guidelines for self-driving car companies. Specifically, Peduto is urging for help for workers who have been displaced by the move to AVs, and improved community access to the transportation services they bring.
Next City: “Pittsburgh Mayor Wants a Road Map to Ethical Driverless Cities” by Kelsey E. Thomas, May 10, 2017.

 


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

What Portland Can Teach Your City about Private/Public Partnership

I recently attended an ‘Urban Partnership’ meeting between the cities of Denver and Portland, Ore. Sponsored by the Downtown Denver Partnership, the event featured a panel of local private and public mobility leaders candidly discussing the challenges they faced- and how they overcame them. The session explored how both the public and private sectors are leading Portland’s embrace of entrepreneurship in the transportation industry, and showcased some of the innovations on tap for Portland in the next few months and years.

 

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Portland has long been considered a leader in establishing rich and collaborative partnerships between the private and public sectors. Initiated years ago by Portland’s transit agency publishing its bus and rail arrival information in an open format that has since become the industry standard, the City of Portland, Tri-Met and the private sector have long embraced advancing transportation technology. Recently TriMet (Portland’s public transportation provider) was awarded a grant from the Federal Transit Agency to expand the use of public and private OpenTrip data, (similar to the general transit feed specification) in order to pave the way for future mobility innovations. (Full disclosure, moovel is partnering with TriMet and many others in this exciting effort.)

 

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Pictured: Portland Jaguar Incubator Program facility

 

On the panel, which was held at the Jaguar Land Rover Incubator, were some longtime advocates for private/ public partnership: Margi Bradway, Active Transportation Division Manager, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Skip Newberry, president and CEO at Technology Association of Oregon, and Mac Brown, vice president of business development at moovel NA. It was a fascinating conversation about the future of private/ public partnership for urban mobility. Below are some of the key points they made:

 

1 Study Bike Sharing Partnerships- MargiTra Bradway developed and runs the Portland bike-share program, Biketown (amongst wearing many other hats). Biketown is Portland’s bike share system, launching in July 2016 with 1,000 bikes and 100 hubs. It’s a fun, affordable and convenient way to get around Portland. The system uses Social Bicycles (SoBi), which are sturdy, durable bikes that are specially designed for bike share. The bikes are locked into a network of hubs throughout the city, and can be unlocked from one hub and returned to any other hub or public bike rack, making Biketown ideal for one-way trips.

Margi spoke at length about PBOT’s role in our community and their use of data, shared with and through a variety web sites and integrated mobile apps. These public/private partnerships are possible because of the work done by policy makers- but the work is far from complete.

 

2 Identify Successful Public/ Private Investment Partnerships- Margi was followed by Skip Newberry, president and CEO of the Technology Association of Oregon. Skip spoke about the transformation that has occurred in Portland, the fastest growing city in the United States. Portland’s great public transportation options, combined with specific zoning laws, have gotten a lot of attention at the federal level. According to Skip, the key to urban mobility progress comes down to collaborative public and private investment. No one denies the massive need for investment in the future, but the appropriate mix and invitation from local and federal government to the private sector still needs definition and discussion to make all parties excited about investing and the returns everyone can expect.

 

3 X Public Transportation is the backbone of mobility in communities. – Mac Brown, VP of Sales at moovel rounded out the speakers.  Mac discussed the history and depth of the partnership that has grown between moovel and TriMet since we launched our first mobile ticketing app together in 2013.  His key message: public transportation needs innovative technical partners to bring them solutions that provide parity with other mobility options (bikeshare, car share, ride hailing, etc.).  Public transit still serves the largest number of non-driving commuters each day across our country and embracing new technologies will keep ridership high and encourage new riders to join in.

 

In an environment where it can seem feel like cities compete for talented citizens, prestige and titles like, ‘America’s Nicest City’, it was refreshing to be a part of a conversation that was aiming to share all the secret recipes that have made Portland such a great place to live. So here’s to a future where our aim is to bring innovation to both coasts and all points in between!


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