May 2020 Technology Updates
- Author: Kevin Chambers
- Date: May 12, 2020
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On the City of the Future podcast: "Hear Horace Dediu talk micro-mobility; Bibiana McHugh tell the stories of GTFS and OpenTrip Planner; Sampo Hietanen explain Mobility as a Service (MaaS); and Sidewalk Labs' Corinna Li imagine what mobility could be like in the city of the future." For a link-rich transcript of this episode, visit http://bit.ly/cotfep8
On The Disruptors podcast: Jarrett Walker on why "Elon Musk’s Wrong, Driverless Cars Make Things Worse and Buses are the Future of Transportation"
The playlist is hosted on the ListenNotes service. From the playlist page located here, you can listen to the episodes directly from your browser or click the “subscribe” button to add it to your podcasting app.
Just $11 million, but a noteworthy move from an oil and gas company.
At least incrementally, yes they are.
And here's an example: Proposition D in San Francisco, "which would fund public transit via an extra fee on trips with ride-hailing apps."
"As big cities face a mobility crisis, tech companies are selling wealthy urbanites on the fantasy of escaping it."
That would be Seneca South Carolina; Chicago; Seattle, Albuquerque, Twin Rivers California, and Cambridge Massachusetts, according to this report by United States Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) and Environment America.
As the hopes for EVs grows, utilities have a lot of work to do.
"What we’ve been finding is the biggest hurdle to adoption for consumers of automated vehicles is understanding and trusting the technology."
"[The car] never guessed Herzberg was on foot for a simple, galling reason: Uber didn’t tell its car to look for pedestrians outside of crosswalks. 'The system design did not include a consideration for jaywalking pedestrians,' the NTSB’s Vehicle Automation Report reads." This demonstrates a key fact about AVs specifically and artificial intelligence generally: that they can only be as intelligent as the training they receive and the test environments they are exposed to.
Another read of the exact same event.
Ford and other incumbents are puzzling out how to make a MaaS profitable. "Settle in for a bumpy ride" as they try to get that sorted.
An analysis of Lyft's step back from open data and the larger tension between two visions of mobility platform economics.
An escalation in the mobility data wars.
The report is "part of a joint research program between [Via] and [Boston Consulting Group]" and looks at services across four different area, all provided by Via.
Flying cars, delayed again!
A call to action from the International Road Transport Union to "urgently address the open regulatory questions around MaaS" with regard to system openness, conflicts of interest, and transparency around how MaaS operators are selected.
This standard focuses on integrated mobility payment: "The publication of a draft Open Standard for Transport Account Interoperability by the Open Transport initiative, a team of transport and technology specialists who saw the need for transport accounts to work together."
I can personally vouch for the fact that the myths presented in this article are significant barriers to transit agencies finding the most effective technology solutions.
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