Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week’s edition features news of TriMet’s Hop FastPass and a review of moovel lab’s What The Street?! Project; along with industry news regarding the future of mass transit, the predicted impact of autonomous vehicles on society, and evidence that smart technologies demonstrably improve quality of life.
moovel named Top Innovation in Transportation:
moovel has been included on the GIMI Institute’s list of “Top 10 Innovations in Transportation.” The list concludes that moovel “is an urban mobility company, making cities smarter” and “aims to discover how new technologies will affect the way we move tomorrow and connect the ever-changing state of urban transportation.”
GIM Institute: “Top 10 Innovations in Transportation” by Julija Kaminskaite, June 29, 2017.
WTS?! is certifiably geoawesome:
What the Street?! (WTS?!) was given a positive review in Geo Awesomeness, as the author concluded that “the Mobility Space Report is #geoawesome and highly recommend that you check it out. If you have some time to kill, try guessing where each of these parking spaces is located in the world!”
Geo awesomeness: “The Mobility Space Report: How much space do car parks take up in our cities?” by Muthukumar Kumar, July 8, 2017.
Hop FastPass shows clear benefits for riders:
Reporter Elliot Njus delves into how Hop FastPass’ new technology saves money, facilitates speedier boarding, and provides other tangible benefits for commuters. Njus further notes, “Once you’ve spent the equivalent of a monthly pass — $100 for an adult on TriMet — you’re set for the rest of the month. In May and June, the fare-capping system saved me at least $50.”
The Oregonian: “Hop Fastpass: The pros and cons of TriMet’s new e-fare system” by Elliot Njus, July 10, 2017.
moovel helps Portland be smarter:
Nat Parker and moovel N.A. are featured in The Portland Tribune as the author describes the Hop FastPass system and its role in making Portland a smarter city.
The Portland Tribune: “http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/365733-243698-portland-learns-how-to-be-a-smarter-city” by Lyndsey Hewitt July 11, 2017.
The impact of driverless cars on urban mobility:
Patrick Sisson describes how tech companies, ride-sharing firms, automotive companies, rental car companies, and the federal government will become key players in reshaping urban transportation with the rise of autonomous vehicles.
Curbed: “Driverless cars: Who’s doing what, and how it impacts urban transportation” by Patrick Sisson, July 7, 2017.
Urban planner discusses the future of transit:
In an interview with City Lab, urban planner Caroline Bos discusses the future of transit networks and terminals. Bos explains “as architects and urban designers, we are familiar with the future to some extent, but what about the disruptive effect of tech changes? Can we adapt our processes to adapt to unanticipated changes, find models of flexibility and resilience?”
City Lab: “Planning the Transit Hubs of the Future” by Feargus O’Sullivan, July 10, 2017.
Daimler invests in mobility services:
Daimler Buses announced this week that they are joining the Berlin-based CleverShuttle mobility service as a strategic investor for “on-demand mobility.” This move comes as Daimler Buses aim to take a larger role in shaping the future of mobility with innovative service offerings.
Automotive World: “Daimler Buses is joining CleverShuttle – a cooperation for “on-demand mobility” by Staff, July 11, 2017.
New whitepaper discusses AVs potential affect on society:
A new whitepaper, “The Journey to Mobility on Demand,” claims that the adoption of AVs will be a major event the automotive world and ultimately, unlock the potential of MaaS solutions.
The Drum: “Mobility on Demand will change the game of automotive marketing, predicts new Clarity Whitepaper” by Jessica Davis, July 12, 2017.
Hyperloop moves from hype to reality:
Hyperloop One, a creator of tubular transportation, has unveiled a full-scale prototype of their pod design and completed the first real-world test of this high-speed technology in vacuum conditions.
Curbed: “Hyperloop One reveals full-size prototype of its shiny new pod design” by Alissa Walker, July 12, 2017.
Study finds smart city citizens have higher quality of life:
Study finds smart city citizens have higher quality of life: A new study found that the more participants used smart city services, the higher quality of life they achieved. Smart city proponents believe this is proof that the implementation of intelligent technologies has a real, positive effect on human lives.
Government Technology: “From Research to Results: The Substance Behind Smart Cities” by Chris Bousquet, July 12, 2017.
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