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Current News: Technology in Transportation

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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 (Note: Items older than 6 months will generally be deleted from this page, but will be archived by NCMM staff.)

Automated Vehicles

Integrating Transportation with other Community Services

  • Boston imagines a "super CharlieCard" for transportation (9/22/2017). Boston officials are working on a new fare system that would integrate public and private services into one convenient payment which would play a role in encouraging people to use modes other than driving alone in an already congested city.

Information on Transportation Services


  • Real-time transportation analytics tools streamline decision-making in Ohio (9/25/2017). Ohio is deploying technology that will allow real-time analysis of traffic and transportation issues, which will ultimately enable planners to prioritize vital transit and mobility projects.
  • 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.

Planning Applications


Shared-Use Technology

  • Automated, electric buses may be transit's future (11/2/17). Public transit has long struggled with the "first-mile/last-mile" conundrum, but the advent of autonomous technology may allow agencies to provide right-sized, efficient services to begin serving transit deserts and getting people to use public services.
  • Los Angeles' EV Program Seeks Low-Income Users (10/2/17). Los Angeles has introduced its BlueLA Electric Car Sharing Program, hoping to give low-income residents access to electric vehicles. The effort hopes to reduce pollution in the communities it hits hardest and reduce dependence on personal vehicles while increasing mobility in those neighborhoods.
  • Carmakers push toward mobility as a service (8/1/17). Many large automakers don't "two cars in every garage" as the future for production, but instead are trending toward developing shared use services. Instead of selling vehicles to individual households, car manufacturers see a future in fleet-based sales that use technology to reach customers.