Smart Cities

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.