May 2020 Technology Updates
- Author: Kevin Chambers
- Date: May 12, 2020
Not everything is about the pandemic these days… But most things are. 🦠 COVID-19 & Transit Get ready for a…
Although transit is never mentioned directly, a new episode from 99% Invisible podcast on the psychology of waiting does a great job explaining why real-time arrival information for transit can provide such high value.
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 “subscribe” button to add it to your podcasting app.
MaaS Global's Whim gets some funding from a car manufacturer.
On Uber during the Kalanick era.
"Silicon Valley can’t seem to escape California’s crackdown on the gig economy."
The technology behind TNCs is gradually getting commodified.
"Rather than get caught up in the delusion of full autonomy, transportation providers would be better served by focusing on creating smarter driver-assistance systems with progressively advanced capabilities."
AVs will likely come faster to fleet-based transportation where there are fewer vulnerable road users to contend with. It will also be driven at least in part by the national shortage of long-haul truckers.
A direct critique of the hype that technology-centric private transportation providers have generated around "microtransit". A great articulation of the limits of technology in this domain.
A highly optimistic view
A more realistic view
This question cuts to the core of how effective MaaS will be in serving the public interest.
The best thing about this article on MaaS is the headline that doesn't dangle out the possibility that magical AVs will solve our urban mobility problems. (The rest of the article is good too.)
The writer represents the OSPT Alliance, an industry standards advocacy body comprised of vendors and transit agencies.
Well, they're not quite giving up on cars, but they are actively investing in other modes.
MaaS is just one of a raft of aaS's out there. We could also call it an attempt at the platformization of everything, or another version of how software is eating the world.
A couple pieces on how to build technology into your plans
Not only good for thinking about software products. Good for thinking about building out new services or coordination projects also.
A nice overview of how to build roadmaps and plans in a world where change happens to quickly. Thanks to Jarrett Walker for sharing this.
An interesting case study of the level of effort it actually took to apply algorithms to optimize a transportation service, and how much of the work was upended by the public engagement process.
Vendor lock-in is a big issue in the transit technology sector, but there's more than one kind of lock-in to consider. This article is focused on software development, but much of it applies to technology procurement also, especially two matrices that can help evaluate the risks associated with lock-in.
A roundtable on where IoT and Transit meet.
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