City Planning

This Week in the Headlines: May 14th-19th, 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 childhood reflections from our CEO and of our new product, Fare Connect. We’re also sharing articles on ride-sharing expansion, smart city trends, and how experts think autonomous vehicles will reshape urban landscapes.


moovel CEO shares childhood public transit experience:
Nat Parker’s piece, “Storyteller-in-chief: Get on the Bus!”, was published in Oregon Business. The article discusses Nat’s childhood experiences with public transit and how these memories lead to his current role at moovel and his commitment to an improved transportation experience
Oregon Business: “Storyteller-in-chief: Get on the Bus!” by Nat Parker, May 15, 2017




Report predicts mobile ticketing growth:
A new report from MRRSE, titled “Mobile Ticketing Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2016–2024 predicts that the mobile ticketing market will experience substantial growth and reach a value of $3,200 million by 2024. The report lists moovel Group GmbH as a key vendor operating in the mobile ticketing market.
BusByway:“Global Mobile Ticketing Market to Surge at a Remarkable CAGR of 21.3% During the Period of 2016–2024”” by Staff, May 15, 2017.

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moovel launches Fare Connect:
METRO Magazine featured a write-up on the Fare Connect announcement this morning in the publication’s Technology and News Section.
METRO Magazine: “moovel North America launches new contactless fare platform at UITP”” by Staff, May 15, 2017.


Intelligent Mobility in London:
In an Autotrade article on the “Intelligent Mobility” event in London next month, moovel is noted as a speaker at last year’s event. This yearwill focus on Healthcare and Wellbeing, and bring together industry experts on the Future of Mobility Trends, Freight Delivery and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.
Autotrade: “Integration of digital health in the car unleashes new possibilities”” by Padraic Deane, May 18, 2017.




Maven to NYC: GM’s car-sharing service, Maven, is expanding to New York City. Maven includes three services: City, which is on-demand short-term rental; Home, which offers shared fleets at residential buildings for resident use; and Gig, which is a short-term rental option for on-demand economy drivers.
TechCrunch: ““GM expands Maven car sharing to NYC”” by Tomio Geron, May 9, 2017.


Judge blocks Uber engineer from: A federal judge ordered Uber to block lead engineer Anthony Levandowski from working on the company’s self-driving sensor technology. This comes on the heels of a new partnership announcement between Uber competitors Lyft and Waymo, which surfaced over the weekend.
Forbes: ““Judge Gives Uber’s Self-Driving Lead The Boot A Day After Lyft And Waymo Team Up”” by Janet Burns, May 15, 2017.


“Rideables” proposed for urban transit: In response to London’s new network of Cycle Speedways, “Rideables” have been proposed to democratize the new cycling infrastructure. “Rideables, or personal electric vehicles, provide commuters with a clean, quick, and comfortable commute from door-to-door, without the requirement of a parking space or a workplace shower.
City Metric:“Pittsburgh Mayor Wants a Road Map to Ethical Driverless Cities” by Alfie Shaw, May 16, 2017.




Uber partners with Transit: Uber announced that it has partnered with Transit, a Canada-based urban transport information service that operates in more than 125 cities to show live departure times whenever a rider’s destination is near a transit stop. The update goes in 50 cities across the U.S. and is only available on the Android Uber app.
VentureBeat: ““Uber app to display real-time public transit data so you can easily combine modes of transport”” by Paul Sawers, May 16, 2017.


Autonomous vehicles reshape urban landscape: With autonomous cars set to become the new means of transportation, city planners, transportation officials, and developers predict reshape development patterns and urban landscape. Some experts even speculate AVs will have as big an impact as the invention of the automobile.
Curbed: ““As self-driving cars hit the road, real estate development may take new direction”” by Patrick Sisson, May 16, 2017.




Smart city trends: As cities embrace technology and move forward to become “smart,” three trends have emerged in the social and digital space; making smart synonymous with secure, saving money through efficiency, and driving innovation through conservation. trends will enable the smart cities of the future to be more secure, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly than ever before.
Ad Week: “What Smart Cities of the Future Will Look Like”” by Mary C. Long, May 17, 2017.


Governments and private enterprise working towards transit innovations: The San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) held a forum this week to discuss how governments and private enterprises can work together to encourage and anticipate transportation innovations as autonomous cars, bike-sharing business models, and technology for urban mobility.
Streetsblog San Francisco: ““SPUR Talk: Public-Private Partnership and the Future of Mobility”” by Roger Rudick, May 17, 2017


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