Urban Mobility

moovel’s self-driving experience attends SXSW, CEO Nat Parker weighs in on AI and MaaS, Elon Musk focuses on transit, and Improving transit communication

Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. Today’s topics include moovel news from SXSW 2018, our CEO’s views on the future of AI and mobility-as-a-service, Elon Musk’s new focus on urban transportation, and how one transit agency is improving communication strategies.


moovel’s self-driving car goes beyond:

Government Technology provides an in-depth examination of moovel’s self-driving car experience at SXSW 2018, describing how the platform helps users to better understand AV technology. The article includes a video showing the car in action, as well as key takeaways from the experience.

Government Technology: “SXSW 2018: Why Emulating a Self-Driving Car Might Be the Best Way to Plan for Them” by Dustin Hailser, March 13, 2018.


Neues moovel lab Projekt: Unkonventionelles Fahrzeug kann bei Push UX Konferenrz und KiKK Festival  New moovel lab projekt: Unconventional vehicle can be tried out at UX Conference and KiKK festival


Helping the public to embrace AVs:

In an article for Drive.com, journalist Stephen Corby describes his experience testing moovel’s self-driving car experience at SXSW. The article includes commentary from moovel Lab’s Raphael Reimann, who provides insight into the rationale behind the project. “Our idea was to see how we could educate people, and it was an interesting question, if we can train computers to see like people, what happens if we train people to see like computers?”

Drive.com: “Do you see what AI see?” by Stephen Corby, March 13, 2018.


Simplifying the AV experience:

Governing features moovel’s self-driving car platform in their podcast SXSW Review: Cities Own the Future, explaining, “The beauty of what moovel did with this experiment is they simplified the experience of self-driving cars.”

Governing: “SXSW Takeaways: ‘The Immediate Future Is All About Cities‘” by Paul Taylor, March 14, 2018.


moovel CEO on AI and MaaS:

Willamette Week published a profile on moovel CEO Nat Parker as part of their TechfestNW coverage. In particular, the article delves into Nat’s upcoming talk at TechFest, as well as his views on AI and mobility-as-a-service.

Willamette Week: “A Portland Smart Transit Expert Is Excited About Artificial Intelligence Taking the Wheel of Your Car. He’s Also a Little Worried” by Thacher Schmid, March 15, 2018.


Elon Musk focuses on transit:

Wired’s Aarian Marshall discusses the continued development of Elon Musk’s Boring Company, examining the CEO’s recent announcement that his proposed underground tunnels would focus on meeting the needs of mass transit over car-based transportation.

Wired: “Elon Musk’s Boring Company Is Now All About Public Tranist, And It’s Confusing” by Aarian Marshall, March 9, 2018.




Seamless mobility:

A piece in Governing describes how the U.S. can achieve “seamless” urban mobility, saying that leaders must create a well-integrated digital ecosystem that combines existing public transit services with new transportation technologies. If successful, the author believes that these systems will significantly mitigate issues such as congestion, pollution, and accessibility.

Governing: “The Goal of Seamless Urban Mobility” by Bob Graves, March 12, 2018.


Communities in transit deserts:

Two researchers from the University of Texas explain how transit is critical to health and economic development; connecting people with jobs, services and recreational opportunities. In “transit deserts,” the demand for public transportation far exceeds supply, which is in turn detrimental to the success of communities and their residents.

Government Technology: “People Are Stranded in ‘Transit Deserts’ in Dozens of US Cities” by Junfeng Jiao & Chris Bischak, March 13, 2018.


Improving transit communication:

The Chicago Transit Authority is the first transit system to use IxNConnect, a digital communications platform that provides real-time information on train departures and arrivals, service updates, and emergency messages. The CTA is hoping that the platform will allow them to better communicate with passengers while also gaining performance metrics and analytics.

Smart Cities Dive: Chicago Transit Authority adds new digital communications platform” by Katie Pyzyk, March 13, 2018.

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