City Planning

This Week in the Headlines: May 8th-12th, 2017

Welcome to Move Forward’s new weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week’s edition features articles on Smart City accelerators and investments, technological developments and trends in urban mobility, and transportation’s role in the political sphere.


Smart City toolkit created for better accessibility:
G3ict and World Enabled, sponsored by Microsoft, have launched a new toolkit as part of the Smart Cities for All initiative. This toolkit is designed to make smart city initiatives accessible and beneficial for all citizens, including the elderly and disabled.
Cities Today: “New toolkit to help smart cities be more accessible” by Jonathan Andrews, May 8, 2017.


USA-Ohio-Columbus: City Skyline along Scioto River / Dawn


First smart city accelerator takes off in Columbus:
In Columbus– the nation’s original U.S. DOT Smart City­– Singularity University, NCT Ventures, and American Electric Power have established the first smart city accelerator, aiming to lure businesses to the region while building solutions to public sector problems. Start-ups that develop products and services to improve the operation of cities will be eligible for up to $100,000 in investments.
TechCrunch:  “Columbus welcomes urban problem solvers with new accelerator” by John Mannes, May 8, 2017.


Report says shared mobility is key to solving urban transit problems:
A report published by U8C-Davis speculates that a shared electric and driverless urban transportation system could reduce worldwide urban transit carbon-dioxide emissions by 80% by 2050. The report also speculates that shared-mobility is the key piece to save energy, reduce emissions, decongest highways, free up urban space, cut transportation costs, and improve livability.
Wards Auto: “Report Says Shared Mobility Key to Better Future” by Alan Harman, May 8, 2017.


Pop-up bus launching in London:
Tech start-up Citymapper is launching a bus in Central London called CMX1. Redesigned externally and internally to meet modern necessities, CMX1 will only be running for 2 days each week on a “pop-up bus route”. Ultimately, the plan is to offer bus routes that vary dynamically in response to demand, and offer “Waze buses” that would adjust their route according to traffic conditions.
Wired: “Citymapper’s next stop? Launching a London bus” by Oliver Franklin-Wallis, May 8, 2017.


Start-up helps transit agencies plan new routes: Remix, a new start-up, provides transportation agencies with the data and visual tools to plan flexible transit routes, move existing routes, and create public-facing maps to share detailed plans with their consumers.
The Wall Street Journal: “Remix Helps Transit Agencies Create New Routes” by Tomio Geron, May 9, 2017.




Urban-air mobility expected to grow: A recent article in TechCrunch suggests that “On-Demand Urban Air Transportation” is the next large development in the transit sector. Along with self-driving cars and shared vehicles, urban air mobility is expected to grow dramatically within the next five years.
TechCrunch: “The next billion-dollar startup will be in aerospace” by Francois Chopard, May 10, 2017.


Pittsburgh Mayor pushed for ethical guidelines: As Pittsburgh is home to Ford and Uber’s autonomous vehicle (AV) operations, the city’s Mayor, Bill Peduto, is calling for the formation of ethical guidelines for self-driving car companies. Specifically, Peduto is urging for help for workers who have been displaced by the move to AVs, and improved community access to the transportation services they bring.
Next City: “Pittsburgh Mayor Wants a Road Map to Ethical Driverless Cities” by Kelsey E. Thomas, May 10, 2017.


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