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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note: Items older than 6 months will generally be deleted from this page, but will be archived by NCMM staff.)
- Caltrans has begun modifying California roads for self-driving cars (7/18/17). Caltrans, California's Department of Transportation, is changing its standards for road markings to accommodate autonomous vehicles' navigation systems, such as moving away from Botts' Dots and painting thicker lane lines.
- Michigan's New Motor City: Ann Arbor as a Driverless-Car Hub (7/9/17). Ann Arbor, Michigan, has turned itself into a "living laboratory" for autonomous vehicle technology, with businesses from around the world using the city streets and its 32-acre testing grounds for research and development.
- Congress finally gets going on regulating autonomous vehicles (6/21/17). Recently, the Senate published bipartisan principles outlining what the legislation might look like. House Republicans, meanwhile, started circulating the drafts of a 14-bill package making it easier for federal regulators to make all the rules. Congress, it seems, wants to shred the patchwork of rules and regulations and blanket the nation in uniform guidelines that allow the technology to develop while ensuring everyone it will be safe.
- Mobility as a service: Why self driving cars could change everything (3/15/17). Recent research by ARK highlights the potential rise and growth of autonomous taxi networks. These networks are expected to decrease cost and inconvenience of point to point mobility. As a result, the summary white paper discusses how the traditional automotive industry may be subsumed by mobility as a service platforms.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.