Future Mobility

This Week in the Headlines: July 31st – August 6th, 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 a piece on MobilityX, with commentary from the Director of Innovation Management, Sam Marshall. We’re also including news of transportation funding in the government, the predicted fiscal impact of AVs, the global trend of automakers involvement in mobility services, and more.

MobilityX seeks startups for mobility innovation:

Sam Marshall, Director of Innovation Management at MobilityX, provides commentary on the accelerator’s mission to assist start-ups in creating advanced mobility technology.

Auto Finance News: “Moovel’s Accelerator Seeks Mobility Aggregator Startups” by Emma Sandler, August 3, 2017.

Bipartisan bill to increase transit funding:

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the fiscal year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The bill funds a total of $60.8 billion in spending towards infrastructure and economic development projects, including $19.47 billion to the US DOT alone.

Smart Growth America: “Senate Appropriations Committee Bill Protects Transit, Tiger, and Community Development Programs” by K. Hibbert, July 28, 2017.


Cities must predict impact of AVs:

A piece in Planetizen describes how cities must prepare for the implementation of AVs in the near future. The author cites curbside space allocation for pick-up and drop-off, e-commerce delivery, and micro transit corridors as factors in the future of urban street design and city planning.

Planetizen: “Autonomous Vehicles and Streets: A Guide to Potential Impacts” by N. Larco, July 29, 2017.

Automakers fast adopting mobility services:

With new technologies emerging, many auto companies now believe that the “two cars in every garage” business model will be replaced by customers who instead favor other mobility solutions, like ride-sharing.

The Detroit News: “Carmakers push toward mobility as a service” by Jim Lynch, August 1, 2017.

“Public transit simulator” forecasts on-demand transit routes:

A new simulator uses city data to estimate how on-demand routes might look for existing transportation networks. According to experts, increasing numbers of transit agencies are interested in implementing on-demand services to compete with the shorter wait-times for ride-hailing apps.

Fast Company: “This New Simulator Helps Cities Test A Future Of On-Demand Transit” by Adele Peters, August 1, 2017.


The impact of AVs on city revenues:

In 2016, the U.S.’ largest 25 cities collectively netted nearly $5 billion in auto-related revenues, a number which will likely decline as AVs further reduce gasoline tax collections and mitigate government revenues from taxis, car rentals, and other car businesses.

Government Technology: “How Driverless Cars Could Be a Big Problem for Cities” by Mike Maciag, August 1, 2017.


Self-Driving “Bill 3388” in Congress:

The “Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets,” backed by automakers and tech companies, is pushing a bill through Congress that would limit local government’s ability to regulate autonomous vehicles in their cities. If passed, Bill 3388 would allow car manufacturers to test 100,000 self-driving vehicles on public roads.

Streetsblog: “Congress and Auto Industry Move to Ban Cities From Regulating Self-Driving Cars” by Angie Schmitt and Stephen Miller, August 2, 2017.

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