Current News: Technology in Transportation
Technological advancements are showing tremendous power to increase the efficiency and safety of transportation; provide on-demand, real-time travel information; and assist riders in traveling within their community. As we learn of new technology being introduced, we will add it to this page. Please send any items you would recommend we include to email@example.com. (Note: Items older than 6 months will generally be deleted from this page, but will be archived by NCMM staff.)
- White House Announces $80 Million in New Smart Cities Investment (9/21/16). More than $15 million to evolve urban Smart Transportation, including National Science Foundation funding for researchers in Chattanooga to test, for the first time, how an entire urban network of connected and autonomous vehicles can automatically cooperate to improve travel efficiency and operate safely during severe weather events.
Integrating Transportation with other Community Services
- NJ Transit Riders Reap Rewards with Digital Couponing App (8/10/16). Mass transit riders in Hoboken can download the Shop and Ride app and begin receiving discounts, savings and special offers from merchants along their routes.
Information on Transportation Services
- App to Show How Full the Bus is Before it Arrives (8/24/16). In New Zealand, the iOS-only NextThere, uses icons indicate the volume of people travelling on a particular bus service.
- CTA Offers New Alerts About Elevator Status (5/10/16). Customers can receive alerts about unplanned outages and service restoration via text message or email.
- VTA Demonstrates Innovative Smart Stop Technology (6/17/16). “Smart Stop,” promotes V2I (Vehicle-To-Infrastructure) and V2V (Vehicle-To-Vehicle) communications using using Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC). Smart Stop will let a bus operator know if someone is waiting at a particular stop, and to let passengers know when the bus is nearby.
- SANDAG Uses Mobile App to Track Commuter Behavior (8/29/16). Commuters will use the rMove app to give information about where they go, how they get there, what it costs and other details.
- Ford, MIT Join Forces to Improve Transportation Services (8/3/16). Ford and MIT are partnering to assess pedestrian movement to improve services such as ride hailing and point-to-point shuttles.
- App Lets Parents Coordinate Transportation, Childcare Logistics (8/25/16). Zum app allows parents to arrange childcare rides, manage schedules, and track their children in real-time and ensure safe drop and hand-offs.
- AC Transit Releases TipNow-AC Transit Security App (8/16/16). App allows anonymous reporting of disruptive behavior, similar to BART Watch app.
- Zagster Launches Technology Upgrade to Bike Sharing Systems (8/15/16). Provides an upgraded technology platform that simplifies the overall process for checking out, locking and riding a bike was recently introduced by Zagster using a Bluetooth-enabled ring, mounted on the bike frame.
- New app helps blind riders navigate MBTA bus stops (9/21/16). The app picks up where GPS leaves off — closing that last “30 feet of frustration” with information about permanent landmarks near a bus stop like trees and fire hydrants.
- New Street-Smart App for Visually Impaired Released (8/31/16). The new app will help people who are blind or visually impaired negotiate the last 30 to 50 feet to a bus stop using markers such as benches, mailboxes, etc.
- Google-backed project to help blind people navigate cities using only their smartphones (5/13/16). Wayfindr beacon-based technology is being developed to help blind people navigate cities using smartphones.