First autonomous shuttle in the US, officials future-proofing their cities, Australia’s “20-minute city” initiative, and the future of transportation

Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week we’re featuring an analysis of the fastest and slowest commutes in the country’s largest cities, along with news of nation’s first autonomous shuttle system, a push for “20-minute cities” in Australia, and more.

 

De Blasio proposes new tax to raise funds for subway system:
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed a new income tax on the city’s wealthiest people to help generate revenue for NYC’s ailing and overcrowded public transit system.
York Times: “London Uses Congestion Pricing. Why Doesn’t New York?” by Vikas Bajaj and Stuart A. Thompson, August 10, 2017.

 

 

How slow is your city?:
The Washington Post features an analysis of commute times and distances from leading cities across the U.S., in particular examining the impact of congestion and other factors. Cities with the slowest commute times include Boston, Washington D.C., New York, and Miami.
The Washington Post: “How Fast Can You Leave Town During Rush Hour?” by Sahil Chinoy, August 11, 2017.

 

Nation’s first autonomous shuttle to debut:
Arlington, Texas is launching what they believe is the nation’s first autonomous public shuttle network.  Starting on August 26, Milo, short for Mile Zero, will bring fans from remote parking lots to games at the AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park.
Government Technology: “Arlington, Texas, to Launch ‘Nation’s First Autonomous Public Shuttle Network’” by Bill Hanna, August 11, 2017.

 

Cities look to “future proof” their streets:
Many experts have predicted that within the next 15 to 30 years, the digital world will influence transportation systems– from high-speed tunnels, to drones, and most importantly, autonomous vehicles. The implications of these innovations could extend deeply into the fabric of urban communities, and now public leaders are faced with the dilemma of “future proofing” their communities in preparation for disruption.
Governing: “Transportation and the Challenge of Future-Proofing Our Cities” by Bob Graves, August 14, 2017.

 

 

20-minute cities:
In Australia, there is a significant push in government for the adoption of the “20-minute city,” which seeks to set a maximum trip duration of 20 minutes for all modes of transportation. New research in Melbourne has found that so far, only 3% of public transit trips take less than 20 minutes, compared to 60% of trips by car.
Crickey: ”Can public transport define the 20-minute city?” by Alan Davies, August 16, 2017.

 

Fiat Chrysler joins BMW autonomous vehicle alliance:
A new partnership between BMW, Intel, Mobileye, and Fiat Chrysler will aim to produce an industry-wide autonomous car technology which other carmakers could adopt. This alliance is part of a new trend in the automotive world as industry leaders seek ways to share the high costs of developing autonomous technologies.
Reuters: “Fiat Chrysler joins BMW-Intel self-driving car alliance” by Alexandria Sage and Edward Taylor, August 16, 2017.

 

Uber considers selling U.S. car leasing business:
A report released earlier this week informed Uber’s executives that losses at Xchange Leasing were $9,000 per car on average. These numbers were far above the predicted estimates of around $500 per car, prompting conversations of selling the company.
Automotive News: “Uber considering sale of U.S. car-leasing business, report says” by Parikshit Mishra, August 16, 2017.

 

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Industry leader discusses rapidly changing transit space:
Harriet Tregoning, former leading official at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, discusses how cities should be planning and preparing their transportation infrastructure for the future.
Government Technology: How Cities Should Plan and Prepare Their Transportation Infrastructure for the Future” by Bob Graves, August 16, 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 17th – July 23rd, 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 highlights from TriMet’s Hop FastPass launch and moovel Lab’s What The Street?! Project. We’re also featuring news on public transit woes in New York City, an article on the benefit of micro-transit, thought leadership articles from industry experts, and more.

 

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Fastpass & Nat Parker Featured in KOIN segement:


KOIN Channel 6 featured a segment on the launch of Hop Fastpass, including video footage from Monday’s launch event with TriMet and moovel. moovel is highlighted at 1:45, while moovel CEO Nat Parker describes the importance of keeping riders’ information safe
KOIN: “TriMet’s Hop Fastpass officially launches” by Staff, July 17, 2017.

 

WTS?! makes waves in national media:

An article in Fast Company dives into moovel Lab’s mobility space report project, What The Street?! The piece gives an in-depth look into the data presented in the project, particularly diving into the issue of wasted space.
Fast Company: “Just See How Much Of A City’s Land Is Used For Parking Spaces” by Adele Peters, July 20, 2017.

 

MassTransit highlights moovel smart card account management:


MassTransit Magazine features the Hop Fastpass launch news, in particular describing how this technology is the second mobile smart card account management platform in the country, and the first on the West Coast
MassTransit Magazine: “moovel Powers Landmark Mobile Smart Card Account Management Platform” by Staff, July 21, 2017

 

Autonomous vehicles shake up automotive world:

A new study indicates that automakers face challenging roads ahead as autonomous vehicles begin to control the future of the automotive industry, citing financial backing and competition with technology companies as main issues.
Government Technology: “Study: Autonomous Future Looks Tough For Automakers” by Brent Snavely, July 14, 2017.

 

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Summer of hell begins in NYC:

Construction in New York’s Penn Station has proved to be nightmarish for commuters, with city and statewide delays. These strains on the city’s transit system – which is already operating at maximum capacity – has further proved that public transportation is in need of a reboot.
The Wall Street Journal: “Commuters’ ‘Summer of Hell’ Starts One Week Late” by Paul Berger, Corinne Ramey and, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, July 17, 2017.

 

Individual based approach for transportation:

Stephen Goldsmith, Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Innovations in American Government Program, addresses the problems transit agencies have with identifying the needs of the individual. Goldsmith believes that a user-based approach to identifying these issues is critical for transit companies.
Governing: “The Need to Manage Mobility From the Ground Up” by Stephen Goldsmith, July 18, 2017.

 

Controversial benefits of AVs explained:

Tim Schwanen, Associate Professor and Director of the Transport Studies Unit at University of Oxford, believes that autonomous vehicles may actually create more problems for our transport system than they are predicted to solve. Heathrow states that as many public transit investments tend to favor the middle class, “AV developments risk further increasing transport’s role in enhancing social inequality.”
The Guardian: “Peak car? Driverless technology may actually accelerate car ownership” by Tim Heathrow, July 18, 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 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.

 

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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.

 

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.

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.

 


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