Urban Mobility

Groundbreaking milestone for TriMet, trust in AVs, CES 2018 round up, and cities respond to new transit options

Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week we’re sharing news of TriMet’s groundbreaking technology. Other topics include a new study indicating more trust in autonomous vehicles, a round up of mobility solutions at CES 2018, and how cities are responding to new transportation options.


Groundbreaking milestone for TriMet:

Buses Magazine featured a write up on TriMet’s new Hop Fastpass application for Android Pay in publication’s January issue. The write up shares that “the ground-breaking development constitutes a history-making milestone for TriMet, Moovel, the provider of the Hop Fastpass mobile app, and transport ticketing specialist INIT.”

Buses Magazine: “US transit agency tests first virtual fare care via Android Pay” by Staff, January 10, 2018.




Policy makers consider microtransit:

CityLab explores how policy makers should respond to the rapid growth of private mobility services, such as ride-hailing and microtransit. The author argues that policy makers need to be granted access to data from these services, as “it’s hard to see how the elusive ideal of a “smart city” is attainable without shared set of facts about how people are moving within an urban area.”

CityLab: “Who Owns Urban Mobility Data?” by David Zipper, January 7, 2018.


Trust in AVs:

According to a new study from Deloitte, consumer acceptance of autonomous vehicle technology has drastically increased over the past year. Smart Cities Dive reports that consumers are looking for federal regulation, trusted manufacturers, and proven track records of success to completely trust AVs. Smart

Cities Dive:  “Study: Autonomous tech acceptance has spiked across globe” by Kristin Musulin, January 8, 2018.


CES 2018 round up:

Curbed rounds up the most impressive vehicles, mobility solutions, and transit ideas from 2018’s CES showcase, including autonomous taxis and hyperloops. Despite these innovations, Curbed argues that “much of the hype, keynotes, and promo videos talking up the future of urban transportation still have a long way to go before truly shifting how we travel and navigate our cities.”

Curbed: “CES 2018: Urban transportation ideas from the tech world” by Patrick Sisson, January 8, 2018.


Vision Zero proves to be effective:

2017 proved that Vision Zero, an initiative to improve traffic nationwide, is working in two major U.S. cities. According to experts, both New York City and San Francisco reported fewer traffic deaths than at any other point on record, a stark comparison to the national number of traffic deaths that has increased 13% over the past five years.

Government Technology: “Are Lower Traffic Deaths Proof of Vision Zero Successes?” by Daniel Vock, January 9, 2018.


ViaVan und BVG bringen On-Demand Ridesharing nach Berlin. ViaVan and BVG join forces to bring on-Demand ridesharing to Berlin.


Cities respond to new transit options:

Curbed’s Patrick Sisson explores how cities across the U.S. are responding to the new wave of microtransit options. According to a new study from the Eno Transportation Institute, “on-demand, dynamic route technology options provide a new value proposition for public transportation customers, but it is critical to remember that this technology cannot solve all of public transportation’s challenges.”

Curbed: “Microtransit: How cities are, and aren’t, adapting transit technology” by Patrick Sisson, January 9, 2018.


Mobility by application:

The New York Times profiles tech writer Mike Isaac, exploring the use of mobility technology in his daily routine. Isaac shares that he no longer owns a car, instead relying on a slew of mobility apps for his transportation needs. “Between parking tickets, insurance, renting a garage in the city, a monthly payment and gas, it’s way cheaper for me to be car-free and rent only when I need one.”

The New York Times: “He Weaned Himself From Ride-Hailing Apps. Here’s Why” by Staff, January 10, 2018.