April 2020 Technology Updates
- Author: Kevin Chambers
- Date: April 16, 2020
What a Difference a Month Makes The COVID-19-related challenges facing transit overall and mobility management, in particular, are daunting enough…
Not everything is about the pandemic these days... But most things are.
Get ready for a wave of UV-based disinfecting technologies coming to stations, vehicles, and bus barns near you.
Lots of mergers and acquisitions appear to be in the works. Here's what's public now.
Simultaneously Uber is transferring its bike-share business to Lime.
An up-to-date review of what transit agencies are finding when working with TNCs.
A synopsis of the Chaddick institute report, above.
Times are tough, and Uber takes a second look at non-food deliveries.
Examples include delivering COVID-19 tests for the Mayo Clinic and service for food banks.
"Perfecting the technology has taken longer than expected. The coronavirus pandemic has made it even more difficult."
"The District study sought to examine the implications going out decades, testing a range of provocative policies and possibilities."
"As it turns out, witnessing a car without a person behind the wheel is incredibly unsettling to those who are unfamiliar with the concept, but the degree to which people went out of their way to avoid the vehicle is surprising."
A lot of changes driven by the collapse in travel.
A view into MaaS as we confront COVID-19. "Attaining a complete trip in the time of COVID-19 may be challenging unless several technology-enabled mobility solutions are advanced quickly."
A thorough examination of the rise and fall of a micro-mobility startup.
On the idea of subsidizing scooters the way cities support bike share and transit.
"Trapeze Group and Masabi have partnered to offer transit agencies an integrated fare payment solution to help transform the rider experience and change the way public transit agencies deliver Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) to their communities."
Sony hasn't yet been a strong presence in MaaS. "[The project] is said to be the industry’s first project to successfully realize the recording and sharing of large-scale movement history and revenue allocation by using blockchain technology for MaaS."
Five different business models for mobile fare payment apps are examined, as the world of apps used by transit agencies in the United States and Canada continues to steadily grow.
"Demand-responsive transportation (DRT) can produce benefits — fewer empty seats, lower cost per passenger, less delay for customers — to both passengers and transportation service providers, particularly the public and private nonprofit agencies that finance DRT services with public funds.[This report] presents a transactional data specification for DRT to facilitate interactions among the software systems that manage these services.
A validator software tool that verifies data messages generated by a software system is available as part of the project"
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