Implementing open data: Seattle model and learning

9 Oct 2017 Any city with data initiatives faces the same questions: How much information should the government release, and in what form? Seattle’s proactive but cautious approach could provide the answer. You don’t have to dig deep to find out what can go wrong with open data initiatives. Just look back to 2014, when the New York City Taxi …

Measure the openness of Mobility as a Service or a city’s transport system

By Beate Kubitz, 23 Jun 2017  “Openness is key to developing scalable, sustainable Mobility as a Service models for the public good. This new tool enables closed and open elements to be identified – and the steps towards more openness to be quantified for the first time.” The TravelSpirit Index of Openness for MaaS is a simple and practical tool …

Uber Movement

StateScoop – Platform Needs Some Work Before Government Can Get Excited – excerpt Boston Chief Information Officer Jascha Franklin-Hodge had when reviewing Uber Movement, the ride hailing company’s first attempt at an open data platform to help transportation planners and researchers: Uber’s new website, launched last month, presents visitors with a map to compare trip times between different sections of cities and do comparisons to see …

Pilot Data as a Service, Mobility as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service

Data as a Service Data as a Service is the rapid exchange of real-time condition and service information between customers, service providers, government and the supporting infrastructure to optimize safety, efficiency and the transportation experience.  Pilots in Data as a Service provide staff experience in managing and optimizing data-sharing partnerships, exploring the value of analytics, and testing new tools. Analyze …

Smart Cities: What Do We Need to Know to Plan and Design Them Better?

This essay was written for a workshop sponsored by the Social Science Research Council, held in Brooklyn on June 15, 2017.  Published on Medium.com August 2017 1. The most useful and flexible definition of the term ‘smart city’ is a city that employs digital technology to improve municipal management, governance, or long-range design and planning. This is a multi-stakeholder activity …

Understanding Trip-Making with Big Data

A Connecting Sacramento Summary Brief July 2017, SSTI Suppose there’s a dispute over a busy commercial stretch in your town. The department of transportation (DOT), which is responsible for the road, says regional growth has caused more through-traffic and they must remove on-street parking to add lanes. Business owners and nearby residents, however, insist business is booming, they need the …

Traveler Info Displays: Real-time travel information, better for businesses, better for travelers

By Logan Dredske, SSTI, Sept 2017 Real-time travel information on digital screens placed in popular gathering areas allows for more efficient time management by transportation users of all modes. Tysons Corner Center, a shopping center in northern Virginia, uses Traveler Information Displays (TIDs) that provide traffic conditions and transit schedules to help customers plan their departures from the mall. VDOT, …

How will existing data networks process 10,000x as much data with all the CAV cars on the road in the future?

“It is estimated that the data volume between vehicles and the cloud will reach 10 exabytes per month around 2025, approximately 10,000 times larger than the present volume. This expected increase will trigger the need for new architectures of network and computing infrastructure to support distributed resources and topology-aware storage capacity. The architectures will be compliant with applicable standards, which …

Oregonians paying transit fares by tapping phones now

By Elliot Njus, enjus@oregonian.com, The Oregonian/OregonLive23 Aug 2017, Oregonian Live The transit agencies said Tuesday they were officially accepting mobile payment options like Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay through electronic readers installed on buses and train platforms for the Hop Fastpass system. The system requires a smartphone equipped with NFC, or Near-Field Communication, hardware that lets it exchange information with the …

3x the traffic with self-driving cars, according to Ark Analyst. NCHRP studying issues too.

Above: Ark Analyst Tasha Keeney explains why autonomous vehicles could increase traffic threefold by 2030 (Youtube: Ark Invest) Tesla’s true ace in the hole is its Autopilot hardware, now included on all its new vehicles. Tesla will be able to implement ever-more-capable self-driving capabilities as they become available — something no other automaker can do. Furthermore, its fleet of vehicles is generating an …