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?” Also included is an examination of public transit in rural areas, how rail-hailing services compete with transportation systems, a new WiFi project in London’s tube, and more.
75% of Americans are afraid of AV:
Motherboard explains moovel Lab’s “Who Wants To Be A Self-Driving Car?” project as it relates back to human’s trustworthiness and confidence in autonomous technology, specifically citing that 75% of Americans say they would be afraid to travel in an AV.
Motherboard: “Watch Humans Fail at Being Self-Driving Cars” by Samantha Cole, October 13, 2017.
The importance of understanding AVs:
A second article on “Who Wants To Be A Self-Driving Car?” explains the importance of understanding the technology behind AVs as they become increasingly introduced to society.
Fast Co Design: “What It’s Like To See The World As A Self-Driving Car” by Katharine Schwab, October 16, 2017.
Public transit in rural areas is on the rise:
Smart Cities Dive reports that public transportation ridership in rural areas has increased 7.8% from 2007 to 2015, according to the APTA. Interestingly, ridership is on the rise even though populations in these areas have decreased by more than half a million people.
Smart Cities Dive: “Report: Rural public transit ridership is on the rise” by Kim Slowey, October 13, 2017.
Ride-hailing competes with public transit:
A report by researchers at the U.C. Davis Institute of Transportation Studies suggests that ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft draw people away from public transit. The report also suggests that these services increase the amount of cars on the road.
The New York Times: “Is Uber Helping or Hurting Mass Transit?” by Emily Badger, October 16, 2017.
Tracking riders with WiFi:
Transport for London, the agency that runs and operates London’s massive underground tube system, is utilizing the system’s WiFi to track its riders’ data. The agency says that this data will help to guide and influence future operations, schedules, and investments for the tube.
Slate: “Mind the Wi-Fi” by Henry Grabar, October 16, 2017.
Billions spent on AVs:
A new report from the Brookings Institute found that $80 billion was invested into self-driving car technology between 2014 and 2017. The authors note that there is no public tracker for autonomous vehicle spending, so the report is meant to provide insight into what is likely a far larger amount.
Jalopnik: “A Whopping $80 Billion Has Been Invested So Far In The Self-Driving Car Race” by Ryan Felton, October 16, 2017.
The future of your city:
Bloomberg reports on various new studies describing how AVs will influence urban planning and construction. Recent reports suggest that parking lots could be converted into apartment buildings, homebuilders will build out further from city centers, and homeowners will own their homes for longer periods of time.
Bloomberg: “Driverless Cars Will Open the Door to a Building Spree” by Patrick Clark, October 17, 2017.
Car ownership on a rapid decline:
A new report from RethinkX, a research group that looks at disruptive technologies from a financial, market, and technology perspective, found that by 2030, 95% of all U.S. passenger miles could be served by transport-as-a-service (TaaS) providers. The report further examines the potential impacts from widespread AV adoption– including geopolitical implications, household income, and changes in the automobile industry.
Urbanism Next: “New Report Predicts the Effective End of Individual Car Ownership by 2030” by Nico Larco, October 18, 2017.
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