Urban Mobility

Video games and AV technology, how VR will affect your commute and career, North America’s most sustainable transit systems, and new mobility in India

Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. Today, we are sharing additional coverage from moovel Lab’s “Who Wants To Be A Self-Driving Car?” project. Other topics covered include how virtual reality will affect your career, 2017’s most sustainable transit systems, and new mobility options in India spurring positive change throughout the country.


AV technology and video games:

Inside EVs provides an explanation of how moovel Lab’s “Who Wants To Be A Self-Driving Car?” technology works, along with images of the machine. “Driving this weird machine sounds a lot like the experience of playing a video game because of the VR goggles, but at the same time, you’re actually moving.”

Inside EVs: “Daimler Unveils Electric, Autonomous, Virtual Reality…What?!?!” by Chris Bruce, October 28, 2017.


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Navy base turns into smart city:

A former navy base in Weymouth, Massachusetts is expected to turn into a fully functioning “smart city” through a partnership with LStar and General Electric. In the coming months, GE will install high-tech street sensors, solar panels, and experimental technology to establish the base as “the best new version of a smart city.”

Government Technology: “From Massachusetts Naval Station to Smart City?” by Lane Lambert, October 30, 2017.


Sustainable mobility spurs economic prosperity:

Hartwig Schafer, Vice President, Global Themes, of the World Bank, dives into the importance of sustainable mobility in a recent blog post. Schafer argues that investments that enable physical and virtual mobility spur ongoing economic growth, from which everyone in the world can benefit.

Transportation for Development: “Why sustainable mobility matters” by Hartwig Schafer, October 30, 2017.




How VR will affect your commute and career:

Studies show that people commute to work now than ever before as face-to-face communication has been proven to be more productive than telecommunications. Jeremy Bailenson, a psychologist and director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, believes that virtual reality technology will give people the flexibility to work from home without hindering their performance.

Pacific Standard: “The Economics of the Office: Why Do We Still Commute?” by Greg Rosalsky, October 30, 2017.


North’s America’s most sustainable transit systems:

North America’s Arcadis published its 2017 Sustainable Cities Mobility Index this week, ranking 23 North American cities on overall sustainability of their urban transportation systems– New York City placed first, followed by San Francisco, Vancouver, and Montreal.

Smart Cities Dive: “Study: NYC home to most sustainable urban transit in North America” by Kristin Musulin, October 30, 2017.


AVs on the road… alone:

While current regulations require some form of human control in self-driving cars, new rule changes may soon allow for the testing of truly autonomous vehicles. According to The National Highway Traffic-Safety Administration (NHTSA), the agency is now seeking comments on how they can “identify any unnecessary regulatory barriers to Automated Safety Technologies–particularly those that are not equipped with controls for a human driver; e.g., steering wheel, brake or accelerator pedal.”

Jalopnik: “The Feds Could Soon Let Autonomous Test Cars On The Roads Without Human Controls” by Alanis King, October 30, 2017.


Cooperation will facilitate smart city growth:

Katrina McMurrian, executive director of the Critical Consumer Issues Forum, explains how collaboration across government and private sectors greatly facilitates smart city community projects. Specifically, McMurrian believes that “ongoing cooperation and an acknowledgement of the objectives and priorities of each group will ensure that we can improve the well-being of citizens across the nation.”

Smart Cities Dive: “How collaboration facilitates smarter communities” by Katrina McMurrian, October 30, 2017.




New mobility in India:

Jyot Chadha, Director of the Urban Innovations Program at WRI India, explains how “new mobility” options–such as ride-sharing– are changing urban transportation across Indian cities. In his research, Chadha found that the trend has caused various positive changes throughout the country, including improving access to transport services and shifting people from vehicle ownership to vehicle access.

The City Fix: “Beyond Uber: How the Private Sector is Disrupting Mobility” by Jyot Chadha, October 31, 2017.


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