A Time of Reckoning
In the Podcast Playlist
From the Autonocast, "Three Case Studies For The Autonomous 'Trough Of Disillusionment'", wherein the hosts talk frankly about AV makers Cruise, Tesla, and Navya. All three are facing the consequences of big promises unkept.
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First Transit Names Robert James Vice President Technology and Innovation by Virtual-Strategy Magazine
This is the first formal CTO/CIO position at First Transit
Hit by Big Loss, Bird Seeks $300M in New Funds By Cory Weinberg and Amir Efrati, The Information
Toyota commits $600m in new JV with China's DiDi by Autocar Professional
Ford acquires two tech companies to accelerate development by Ian Thibodeau, The Detroit News
Betting Like SoftBank Drives Toyota’s Value Up by $19 Billion by Jie Ma, Bloomberg
TNC Reality Checks
Your next Lyft ride may cost a little more by Faiz Siddiqui, The Washington Post
...because Lyft needs to become profitable at some point.
Uber Posts $5.2 Billion Loss and Slowest Ever Growth Rate by Kate Conger, The New York Times
Uber Wants to Sell You Train Tickets. And Be Your Bus Service, Too. by Kate Conger, The New York Times
The Innisfil experiment: the town that replaced public transit with Uber by Leyland Cecco, The Guardian
A 2-year check-up on the Innisfil experiment. The service is popular enough to cost much more than the town budgeted, and more than the transit alternative would have cost.
Are Uber and Lyft the Future of Transit? Not So Fast by Aaron Short, StreetsBlog
"Cities that turn to technology companies to save their transit systems are bound to be disappointed by the outcome."
Uber and Lyft finally admit they’re making traffic congestion worse in cities by Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge
Uber and Lyft commission their own study of their impacts on congestion, and which essentially match the assertions of their critics.
What can Uber, Lyft data tell cities about transit deserts? by Jason Plautz, Smart Cities Dive
Research indicating that TNCs may be filling the first/last mile gap in outer boroughs of New York City.
Antitrust regulators are using the wrong tools to break up Big Tech by Tim O'Reilly, Quartz
This focuses on Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple, but the problems and the potential solutions apply just as well to Uber and Lyft.
Electric Buses Continue Expansion In Los Angeles & Seoul by Jennifer Sensiba, CleanTechnica
Beyond The Bus: Proterra Repackages Its Electric Transit Tech To Power Heavy-Duty Commercial Vehicles by Alan Ohnsman, Forbes
More reality checks here too
Driverless Cars Are Taking Longer Than We Expected. Here’s Why. by Clyde Haberman, The New York Times
AV promises have now been around long enough to earn a "retro report" by The New York Times.
Despite High Hopes, Self-Driving Cars Are ‘Way in the Future’ by Neal E. Boudette, The New York Times
For years, automakers wildly overpromised on self-driving cars and electric vehicles—what now? by Jeffrey Rothfeder, Fast Company
Tesla floats fully self-driving cars as soon as this year. Many are worried about what that will unleash. by Faiz Siddiqui, The Washington Post
U.S. Congress seeks to jump start stalled self-driving car bill by David Shepardson, Reuters
How Jaywalking Could Jam Up the Era of Self-Driving Cars by Eric A. Taub, The New York Times
Gov't report: Smart cars could aggravate jams, by Amiram Barkat, Globes (Israel)
The Reasons Why Millennials Aren't As Car Crazed As Baby Boomers, And How Self-Driving Cars Fit In by Dr. Lance Eliot, Forbes
Even if AVs will take a very long time to come to fruition, the forces driving the research and development are likely to continue unabated.
Mobility as a Service and New Mobility
Why Carmakers Want You to Stop Buying Cars, Someday by Keith Naughton and David Welch, Bloomberg Businessweek
Mobility study shows extent of technology's impact on transportation, SmartCitiesWorld
U.S. Libraries Launch Bike-Sharing Programs by Wilson Chapman, U.S. News & World Report
A surprising (to me, at least) source of bike-sharing: libraries
Worldwide Urban Mobility Trends by Keolis
A very interesting global overview of new mobility trends
COMMENT: Future mobility—an urban legend outside of the city? by Freddie Holmes, Automotive World
On the need for a rural version of MaaS
Google Maps now displays bike-sharing locations in 24 cities by Georgina Torbet, Engadget
There's an app for that: Transit agencies tackle MaaS platform development by Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive
Toward a mobility operating system by Scott Corwin, Anant Dinamani, Derek M. Pankratz, Deloitte Insights
A very expansive vision indeed
COTA with confidence: New program hopes to help cognitively disabled community take the bus in central Ohio, by Jerrod Mogan, The Columbus Dispatch
So Long, Swiping. The ‘Tap-and-Go’ Subway Is Here. by Emma G. Fitzsimmons, The New York Times
Transit Managers Punt Fare Integration, Roger Rudick, StreetsBlog SF
Facebook Cryptocurrency Plans Have a Problem: Facebook’s Reputation by Mike Isaac and Nathaniel Popper, The New York Times
A couple "smart cities" articles that apply very well to transit technology as well.
Why open standards are fundamental to deploying data for smart city services by Kary Främling, SmartCitiesWorld
How to prioritize people over tech when planning smart cities by Kira Barrett (interviewing John Harlow), Smart Cities Dive
If there’s a particular topic you’d like to see explored at the intersection of technology and mobility management, you can send me an email at technologist [at] nc4mm [dot] org. Likewise, please email me if you come upon news that you think would fit in well here.
Hero photo of electric bus by Ryanmirjanic, Wikipedia