Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week’s edition features coverage of moovel’s Fare Connect technology, along with news around ridesharing’s competition with public transit, how “transit deserts” can effect more than just mobility, how new automotive trends are impacting the future of transportation, and more.
moovel’s Fare Connect benefits riders and agencies:
Following moovel’s presence at UITP 2017, MassTransit Magazine features a story on the new Fare Connect technology, highlighting the benefits of its contactless and hardware agnostic solutions for both riders and transit agencies. The story includes comments from moovel technical project manager Sophia Maletz, who highlights how Fare Connect has been beneficial to OCTA after being rolled out on their fleet of buses.
Mass Transit Magazine: “moovel Introduces Fare Connect a Contactless Fare System” by Maile Bucher, July 25, 2017.
Ridesharing set to compete with public transit:
As ridesharing services become more widely used, experts say that the next space for growth in this industry is in direct competition with the public transit sector. Bloomberg’s Conor Sen addresses the dilemma and provides insight into how the government should prepare for these pending transportation changes.
Bloomberg: “The Dilemma When Uber or Lyft Outcompetes Public Transit” by Conor Sen, July 20, 2017.
Hyperloop- the pros and cons:
Elon Musk has indicated that his Boring Company gained verbal approval from government officials to begin working on a hyperloop from New York City to Washington, D.C., an initiative meant to cut travel time between the two cities down to just 29 minutes. However, critics say that this technology is not yet proven and is not cost effective.
CityLab: “5 Reasons to Be Wary of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop” by Laura Bliss, July 21, 2017.
Auto-valet technology makes its debut:
Daimler and Bosch have partnered together to create an automated valet system designed to find a parking spot and park the vehicle autonomously. The two companies debuted this technology in the parking garage for the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
TechCrunch: “Daimler and Bosch create a driverless parking garage” by Darrell Etherington, July 24, 2017.
Access to public transit impacts more than just mobility:
Research shows that low-income residents living in “transit deserts,” areas in a city where demand for transit outweighs supply, experience debilitating setbacks. The lack of available transportation options can impede their abilities to keep a job or receive healthcare.
The Conversation: “Stranded in our own communities: Transit deserts make it hard for people to find jobs and stay healthy” by Junfeng Jiao and Nicole McGrath, July 25, 2017.
The new auto trends shaping the future of mobility:
Forbes’ Daniel Newman explores the top six digital transformation trends that are occurring in the automotive industry. Along with autonomous driving, Newman sites digital sources in the car buying process, connected supply chain and improved manufacturing, Mobility as a Service, and data security and protection as the industry’s top trends.
Forbes: “Top 6 Digital Transformation Trends In The Automotive Industry” by Daniel Newman, July 25, 2017.
Mexico City aims to rebalance urban ecosystem:
Mexico City is purposely limiting the growth of the city’s parking infrastructure, hoping to return some balance to its urban ecosystem. Counter-intuitively, it is believed that large parking lots and garages create more traffic, make housing less affordable, and make city streets more difficult to navigate.
Wired: “Mexico City is Killing Parking Spaces. Pay attention America” by Aarian Marshall, July 25, 2017
Please note that this article expresses the opinions of the author and does not reflect the views of Move Forward.