Public Transit

Self-driving buses are now a reality for Atlanta

Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week we are sharing company coverage from Curbed and 2025 AD that emphasize moovel, and its employees, as key players in advancing urban transportation. We are also sharing news of Atlanta’s autonomous bus venture, a ranking of Europe’s most mobile cities, the newest trend in mobility, and more.

moovel Lab researcher shares transit tip:

Curbed features tips on how to fix the thorniest transportation problems from the publication’s “favorite urban thinkers” in “101 ways to improve transportation in your city”. Specifically, Joey Lee, research associate at moovel Lab provided Tip #32: “Show, don’t tell. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a prototype is worth 1,000 meetings.”

Curbed: “101 ways to improve transportation in your city” by Megan Barber, Patrick Sisson, Alissa Walker, September 20, 2017.

 

moovel as critical player in mobility space:

2025 AD reports from the frontlines of IAA 2017, spotlighting moovel as a critical player advancing trends in mobility. moovel’s Randolph Wörl is quoted saying, “With his smartphone, he can pick the optimal way to get from A to B. Does optimal mean the shortest way, the cheapest way or the most comfortable way? It’s the user’s choice.”

2025 AD: “Autonomous Driving is Waiting for Takeoff” by Staff, September 20, 2017.

 

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Atlanta launches autonomous bus:

Atlanta’s self-driving bus, Transdev EZ10, made its first series of trips last week. “The (self-driving) test on North Avenue in the city’s bustling Midtown area meant that Atlanta has become one of the largest urban areas to test autonomous vehicles, joining Sao Paulo and Shanghai”, reported ABC News.

Curbed Atlanta: “Autonomous bus makes inaugural Atlanta run—without catastrophe” by Michael Kahn, September 15, 2017.

 

Europe’s most mobile cities:

POLITICO’s European urban mobility index ranks the continent’s top 20 largest cities based on mobility, using five criteria covering different areas: air pollution, traffic congestion, cycling, and mass transit. This year, Helsinki is ranked first, followed by Copenhagen and Stockholm tied for second.

POLITICO: “POLITICO’s urban mobility index” by Joshua Posaner, Marion Solletty, Ginger Hervy, and Connor Murphy, September 17, 2017.

 

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The smartest cities will include cycling:

The International Cycling Safety Conference will explore how data from vehicles, smart devices, sensors, and other objects in the urban landscape can work to aid the needs and safety of cyclists. As cities look towards becoming “smarter” cyclists and bike shares are key factors of city planning and urban mobility.

Government Technology: “Why Leading Smart Cities Are Often Bike-Friendly Cities” by Skip Descant, September 18, 2017.

 

The newest trend in mobility:

Cities across the country are working to redesign their bus systems to be more convenient for riders. As technology and changing demographics have lead to a steep decline in bus ridership, city governments are trying to reverse that trend by providing riders with better bus routes.

Government Technology: “Bus Network Redesigns Are the ‘Hottest Trend in Transit” by Dan Vock, September 18, 2017.

 

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Planning for MaaS:

Local governments should plan for mass mobility changes in the near future as mobility-as-a-service solutions are predicted to grow across the country. Further, analysis by McKinsey predicts that “average-size cities could realize $600 million in annual societal benefits from mobility advances that reduce traffic accidents and their related injuries and fatalities” by 2030.

Efficient Gov: “Why All Local Governments Must Prepare for Mobility-as-a-Service” by Andrea Fox, September 18, 2017.

 

Bi-partisan bill encourages transit innovation:

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) have introduced new legislation that would use competitive grants to encourage cities to develop better transportation systems. The bill is intended to spur the creation of innovative urban transit systems, similar to the Smart City Challenge.

Smart Cities Dive: “Senators introduce measure to spur transit innovation” by Kim Slowey, September 19, 2017.

 

P3 partnership shares data for safer transportation:

Ohio has entered a public private partnership in an effort to make the state’s transportation smarter and safer through data analytics. As part of a centralized contract, the P3 partnership will be available to the DOT, state departments and local governments to promote the idea of sharing data and information in a standardized way.

Government Technology: “Ohio Turns to Private Sector Data Analytics for Smarter, Safer Streets Transportation” by Ben Miller, September 21, 2017.

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