Autonomous Vehicles

This Week in the Headlines: May 29th- June 4th, 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 takeaways on the future of smart cities from IOT World 2017, new technologies revolutionizing urban transit in Europe, news on Big Data’s role in facilitating transportation efficiencies, and more.


Daimler invests in sustainable energy:

Daimler recently unveiled a fleet of new battery-powered electric vehicles in preparation for a new era of clean driving. Daimler has also entered a partnership with Utah-based Vivant Solar– a move that indicates the company is working to provide EV users with the option to source their electricity via solar systems.

Just Means: “Daimler’s Sustainability Drives Races Ahead with EV Technology” by Antonio Passolini, May 25, 2017.


BMW thinks outside of the box for urban mobility:

Last week, BMW unveiled the new BMW Motorrad Concept Link- an emission-less, two-wheeled vehicle that they believe is the future of urban mobility.

Alphr: “BMW wants to reinvent urban mobility on two wheels” by Staff, May 26, 2017.


More adults turn to ride-sharing:

According to a new survey, nearly 25% of adults in the U.S. have sold or traded in a vehicle in the past year. Further, 9% of that group has turned to ride-sharing services as their primary means of transportation.

Fortune: “The Latest Uber Effect: People Are Ditching Their Cars” by Kate Samuelson, May 26, 2017.


Takeaways from IOT World 2017:

TechRepublic shares several key takeaways from a panel at the IoT World 2017 conference that focused on how smart cities incorporate sustainability and IoT. Notable points include: 1) Cities must start by improving infrastructure to become more efficient and 2) Solving public transportation problems is critical to smart city advancements.

TechRepublic: “5 lessons from IoT leaders creating sustainable, smart cities” by Teena Maddox, May 26, 2017.


New transit initiatives in Europe:

Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s largest train and bus operator, has begun testing driverless vehicles for public transportation use. The goal of this initiative is to eventually offer on-demand driverless services that will connect to existing public transportation networks.

The New York Times: “The Future of European Transit: Driverless and Utilitarian” by Mark Scott, May 28, 2017.


“Internet of Trains” creates reliability:

Siemens AG, one of the world’s largest providers of railway infrastructure, is implementing big data, sensors and predictive analytics to guarantee their customers close to 100% reliability. Called the “Internet of Trains”, this technology is used to improve asset availability and utilization while increasing energy efficiency.

Forbes: “How Siemens Is Using Big Data And IoT To Build The Internet Of Trains” by Bernard Marr, May 30, 2017.


Complex relationships in ride-sharing industry:

An infographic from axios shows the intertwined relationships between companies in the ride-sharing business.

axios: “The complex web of self-driving car relationships” by Kia Kokalitcheva, Dan Primack, & Lazaro Gamio, May 30, 2017.




The World’s Smartest Cities:

IESE Cities in Motion Index published their rankings of “The Top 10 Smartest Cities” in the world, with New York City taking the #1 slot, followed by London and Paris.

Forbes: “The Smartest Cities In The World For 2017” by IESE School of Business, May 31, 2017.


Technologies shape future of public transit:

span style=”font-weight: 400;”>D Magazine explores the differences in how European and American cities are using new technologies to shape the future of public transportation, and how this relates, specifically, to transit in Dallas. The author suggests that, regardless of location, “the rules of mobility and public transit are about to be rewritten.”

D Magazine: “European Researchers Are Reinventing the Rules of Public Transit” by Peter Simek, May, 31 2017.

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