Future Mobility

This Week in the Headlines: July 3rd – July 10th, 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 news of TriMet’s Hop Fastpass, along with reports on Daimler’s movement into mobility solutions, moovel Lab’s What The Street?! project, predicted growth in the mobile ticketing market, and more.


Daimler invests in mobility solutions with moovel:

The Oregonian highlights TriMet’s new moovel-powered Hop Fastpass option, further discussing the system’s prepaid cards and revolutionary fare capping technology.

The Oregonian: “Slow rollout begins for Hop Fastpass, the new transit fare system” by Elliot Njus, July 3, 2017.

The future(s) of mobility: How cities can benefit:

A research analyst discusses how automotive companies are increasingly investing in mobility solutions, and highlights moovel as one example of this trend. Notably, the article mentions “in the US, the moovel team is offering up a solution that allows any app developer to add trip planning to their own app.”

Automotive World: “Prepare to enter the age of shared mobility” by Lisa Jerram, July 4, 2017.

moovel Lab visualizes mobility space:

City Lab features comments from Michael Szell, one of the researchers-in-residence for moovel Lab’s “What the Street?!” project. In particular, Szell discusses the motives guiding WTS?! and the algorithms used to calculate mobility space.

City Lab: “For 23 World Cities, a Visual Inventory of Parking Lots” by Laura Bliss, July 6, 2017.

Mobile ticketing market to experience substantial growth

Persistence Market Research recently published a report on the mobile ticketing market, predicting that the global industry will experience a growth of 21.3% CAGR between 2016 and 2024. moovel is mentioned as a leading market player in the mobile ticketing space.

Top News Press: “Mobile Ticketing Market: Europe to Represent the Largest Market through 2024” by Shreyas Deshmukh, July 7, 2017.


France expands high-speed rail:

France opened up two new high-speed rail lines this past week, following a worldwide trend as countries in Europe and Asia increasingly invest in this technology. The U.S. has not committed heavily to high-speed rail options so far, but Florida’s Brightline project and California’s high-speed rail could indicate a promising future.

The Transport Politic: “A generational failure: As the U.S. fantasizes, the rest of the world builds a new transport system” by Yonah Freemark, July 1, 2017.

State transportation to use smart tech:

Transportation agencies in Idaho, Colorado, and California are using smart technologies, such as automated machine guidance, 3-D modeling, and intelligent traffic control devices, to save time and money on large-scale infrastructure projects.

Government Technology: “3 State Transportation Agencies Turn to Smart Technologies to Save Time, Money on Road Projects” by Theo Douglas July 5, 2017.

Baidu enlists 50+ companies for tech project:

Baidu, the Chinese search engine, has created an alliance of more than 50 companies from across the world in order to accelerate the company’s “Apollo” project, a large-scale open-source initiative for autonomous vehicle technology.

Forbes: “Baidu Enlists More Than 50 Companies For Open-Source Driverless Tech Project” by Alan Ohnsman July, 5 2017.


Volvo to forgo gas-powered vehicles by 2019

Starting in 2019, all new car models built by Volvo will be offered as either hybrids or electric vehicles. This move makes Volvo the first mainstream car manufacturer to announce that they will completely forgo gas-powered vehicles.

The New York Times: “Volvo, Betting on Electric, Moves to Phase Out Conventional Engines” by Jack Ewing July 5, 2017.

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