School carpooling in the US gets a high-tech makeover

If there’s a change in plans, Figure8’s app updates everyone at once and even sends a picture of the replacement driver so there are no surprises. By Brian Blum 7 Oct 2018 in UNCOVER ISRAEL – Get the ISRAEL21c  School carpooling illustration by Lena Bely/Shutterstock.com Aviv Matzkin teaches at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Silicon Valley. He’s also in charge of dismissal at …

Interview with Robin Chase, Aug 2018

From The Beam and Clean Technica, 24 Aug 2018 An interview with ZipCar founder Robin Chase, by Anne-Sophie Garrigou Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur who became famous for co-founding Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world. The successful entrepreneur wasn’t about to stop there, going on to co-found Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer carsharing service in France (now merged with Drivy); as …

Car sharing increases mobility, decreases greenhouse gas emissions

July 20, 2016, phys.org Credit: University of California – Berkeley Drive, ride or share? It’s a question more people are asking themselves as transportation options are rapidly evolving. But what does it mean for road congestion and the environment? In the first-ever North American one-way carsharing impact study, the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) reveals that car2go has a substantive …

New shared mobility solutions being implemented right now

Utility Dive, Sept 2017 “Shared mobility is really a term used to describe any transportation services that are shared among users,” said Tim Frisbie, communications and policy director at the Shared-Use Mobility Center. That definition covers newer options like bike or car sharing, but it also includes old-school forms of public transportation like railroads. In fact, public transit “is kind …

Finnish app Whim wants to be your one-stop urban mobility solution app . Driverless bus line coming to Helsinki this fall as regularly scheduled service

By Patrick SISSON on Curbed, OCT 11, 2016 A tram in Helsinki, Finland  As the CEO of a high-tech transportation startup, one that’s trying to get rid of private car ownership, Sampo Hietanen has a surprising idol: Henry Ford. “He introduced the dream of freedom of mobility,” said the Finnish entrepreneur, whose company, Maas Global (short for “mobility as a service”) is in the …

Making shared rides work: UberPool makes adjustments

The Verge, May 2017 While cheaper and increasingly popular with riders, UberPool continues to be stressful service for everyone involved. Riders are lured in by dirt-cheap prices, only to become aggravated by frequent detours to pick up new passengers. Drivers complain that UberPool often means more work without necessarily more pay. And Uber’s engineers have been wrestling with how to …

Cities outgrowing the automobile: Sharing is the new paradigm. Tomorrow, you will judge a city according to what it is adding to sharing. The more that we have people sharing transportation modes, public space, information and new services, the more attractive the city will be

By Stephen Moss, excerpt from The Guardian 28 April 2015 Lyon, France Vesco, the politician responsible for sustainable transport in Lyon, played a leading role in introducing the city’s Vélo’v bike-sharing scheme a decade ago. It has since been replicated in cities all over the world. Now, though, he is convinced that digital technology has changed the rules of the game, …

Self-driving vehicles could be a part of Rochester’s future transit options.

ROCHESTER, MINN.  The Post-Bulletin reports that First Transit Inc., the parent company of the Rochester Public Transit Operator, is partnering with driverless vehicle company EasyMile to pilot an autonomous passenger shuttle at an office park near San Francisco. The shuttle would connect riders to multiple Bay-area transit options by running a fixed route in the office park. The pilot will begin …

Uber undermining transit in denser areas

From consultant Jarrett Walker, cross-posted from Human Transit, 15 Dec 2016 This post pulls together everything I’ve had to say on the subject of how ride-sourcing companies like Uber could impact cities.  Henry Grabar at Slate has a good piece on an issue that I have been raising the alarmabout for a while.  The rise of ride-hailing companies is increasingly viewed not as …

Planning for Shared Mobility: What cities can do now

Share mobility has the potential to reduce VMT and increase access and mobility for those lacking it, while reducing costs and their need to own cars.  Local governments can directly support shared mobility in their communities in many ways.  These are a few (Shaheen & Cohen, 2016). BECOMING PARTNERS OF SHARED MODES Governments and public agencies can support shared mobility …