May 2020 Technology Updates
- Author: Kevin Chambers
- Date: May 12, 2020
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Not really news, just a reminder Uber and Lyft want to eventually be the windows into all shared transportation options.
Some people might see a connection between this and the article "Lyft is trying to shut down bikeshare in Transit", below.
To be fair to Uber on this, Larry Ellison did pay a hefty sum to get an uncommonly smart cat.
Just released, this research includes a "partnership playbook", a five-step process for agencies considering working with TNCs.
"Earlier this month, a group of battery researchers at Dalhousie University, which has an exclusive agreement with Tesla, published a paper in The Journal of the Electrochemical Society describing a lithium-ion battery that 'should be able to power an electric vehicle for over 1 million miles' while losing less than 10 percent of its energy capacity during its lifetime."
"Even before fully autonomous vehicles blanket the road there is major upheaval at all levels of the industry."
"The next 5 years will be crucial to avoid the worst outcome."
"If there's a voice of reason in the autonomous vehicle industry, Bryan Salesky is it."
"As ride hailing fails to deliver on its promise to augment public transit as a first mile-last mile solution, micromobility is ready to step up."
After a merger with ReachNow, Car2Go announces it's leaving the Austin, Calgary, Denver, Portland OR, and Chicago markets. It's unclear how sustainable car sharing is the US outside of the largest and most transit-friendly markets.
Another sign of contraction in the car sharing space. Seattle, where LimePod is closing down, is one of the cities where Car2Go is staying.
The last factor, "addressing the skills shortage", strikes me as the most puzzling one to solve. We likely need whole new professions — MaaS Engineers, MaaS Planners, MaaS Economists — people who can properly build and maintain a MaaS system.
A review of the headwinds transit agencies face, with a focus on ticketing.
Transit, the maker of a proto-MaaS app, is calling out Lyft (who acquired bike share operator Motivate last year) for pulling back from Motivate's open data approach. Transit makes the case of an MaaS ecosystem rooted in interoperability between operators and app makers.
"Research report sets out to examine some of the key challenges transit agencies are facing when it comes to providing fare collection services to riders."
A pre-publication draft. This is less about the technologies themselves and more about how agencies can respond. Presents "a new mindset for planning" that includes self-assessing, getting data, and developing expertise (AKA "getting smart") as the key steps to becoming nimble.
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