Autonomous Vehicles

This Week in the Headlines: May 5th- June 12th, 2017

Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week’s edition features takeaways on the future of smart cities from IOT World 2017, new technologies revolutionizing urban transit in Europe, news on Big Data’s role in facilitating transportation efficiencies, and more.


moovel partner upgrades Atlanta transit:

MassTransit featured Atlanta Streetcar in a write-up discussing the transit authority’s mission to upgrade transportation throughout Atlanta. moovel N.A. was included in the story as a key partner in this mission. “Atlanta Streetcar partnered with moovel N.A., Tozny and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) to create a simple and easy-to-use mobile ticketing app.”

MassTransit: “Best Practices: Real-Time Information” by Staff, June 6, 2017.




Miami encourages other cities to participate in MaaS:

Miami-Dade County has released an “Urban Mobility Playbook” on how to organize multi-modal mobility in cities by integrating public transit and private transportation services.

Government Technology: “Miami-Dade County Demonstrates How to Overhaul Urban Mobility Through Integration” by Ryan McCauley, June 1, 2017.




Automakers invest in mobility:

Many automakers are investing heavily in self-driving car initiatives in an effort to compete with “the future of mobility.” “Daimler, judged by Bernstein’s Warburton to be one of the leading automakers in the self-driving tech race, plans to spend 8.1 billion euros on r&d both this year and next year, up from 7.6 billion euros in 2016.”

Automotive News Europe: “Automakers face big, costly challenges to make self-driving cars a reality” by Nick Gibbs, June 4, 2016.




Daimler Trucks N.A. jumps into AV technology:

An interview with Roger Nielson, CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, illuminates why the company has chosen to stay in Portland, along with the company’s future plans to begin implementing autonomous technology in their trucks.

Government Technology: “New Daimler Trucks CEO Talks Autonomy, Active Braking and Driver Attentiveness Monitoring” by Elliot Njus, June 5, 2017.




NYC subway faces more issues:

As each day brings increasing problems to New York City’s subway system, The New York Times looks into the issues facing the region’s public transit system. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a recent speech, “it is no secret the New York City subway system is in dire need of upgrades and repairs, not only for the safety of commuters and visitors throughout the metropolitan area, but in order to meet the demand of travelers as ridership continues to grow.”

The New York Times: “How Did the Subway Get So Bad? Look to the C Train” by Marc Santora, June 6, 2017.




Big Data creates safer commutes:

Cities across the U.S. are turning to new technologies, such as sensors, cameras, and machine-learning algorithms, to assess risks at dangerous intersections. This comes on the heels of a recent push for cities to gather data to better understand how their residents move.

StreetsBlog: “Can Algorithms Design Safer Intersections?” by Stephen Miller, June 7, 2017.




Atlanta Streetcar makes moves:

The Georgia Department of Transportation says that Atlanta Streetcar is on track to remedying the 66 problems outlined in state and federal audits this month. However, while ridership has risen in the first five months of 2017, total usage remains lower than usual after the city began charging for rides last year.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution: “Atlanta Streetcar fixes problems, looks to expansion” by David Wickert, June 7, 2017.


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