Top 10 reasons to take TTI’s Urban Mobility Report with a grain of salt

By Daniel Hertz, on City Observatory, 10.9.2015 Since the Texas Transportation Institute released its 2015 “Urban Mobility Report,”urban transportation experts and advocates have unleashed thousands and thousands of words poking holes at its methodology, assumptions, and political agenda. (We’ve pitched in our fair share of those words, and perhaps more.) Not a kind of urban mobility you’ll find in the Urban …

5 key principles for guiding the rules of the 21st century electricity system: Changing legacy systems and choices within the monopoly grid model present in 35 states, EVs paid for grid regulation services

Video: Choices Within Monopoly – A Grid of the Future Conversation with Jon Wellinghoff Written by John Farrell | Updated on Jul 28, 2016, originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-choices-within-monopoly-a-grid-of-the-future-conversation-with-jon-wellinghoff/ In November 2015, Jon Wellinghoff, former chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, spoke to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission about the grid of the future. In particular, …

Enterprise software injected with machine learning for asset management, predicting traffic jams, redirecting deliveries and more

By Adit Singh, Cross-posted from ReCode.net Diego Schtutman / Shutterstock Born of the innovations of Big Data and possessed of a new net intelligence layer, self-learning software will have huge impacts on productivity across all departments of an enterprise.Imagine a set of smart sensors placed throughout a city that feed data to deep-learning systems. The systems then predict where traffic …

Solutionary Rail proposes overhead rail electrification powered by renewable energy and with US track modernization

Solutionary Rail proposes overhead rail electrification, powered by renewable energy accomplished in conjunction with track modernization. This infrastructural investment will bring to the United States the reliable, electrified, higher-speed service now common on public railroads in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. Such service can draw significant portions of freight and passenger service lost to highways and aviation back to the tracks. …

“Driving a car will be illegal by 2030”

Cross-posted from Wired Magazine Our economy will be severely impacted as millions of truck/lorry drivers, cabbies and delivery people are put out of work. In this era of endless innovation, humanity’s century-long relationship with the automobile is about to be permanently disrupted. The reason has nothing to do with millennials, Uber or improvements in mass transport. Driving should and will …

Ad-funded AV transportation?

The Only Way That Uber Loses — how free transportation changes the game. Cross-posted from Lightspeed Venture Partners The battle for the future of local transportation is in full swing. Uber’s leadership and execution are massively impressive. Few companies have impacted the world in the way that their team has. That said, if you look closely at their two moats (supply …

A different form of mobility

Excerpted and Cross-posted from Future Crunch More people got connected to the internet than ever before Globally, there are now 3.2 billion people online, and 2 billion of them are from developing countries. In 2000 those numbers were 300 million and 100 million respectively. It means the number of people with internet access has seen an eight fold increase in …

Animations of city bike-share trips in major cities

Updated by David Roberts August 11, 2016 @drvox david@vox.com, cross-posted from Vox I wish actual bikes left light trails like this.(cf. city flows) Bike-share systems, which make fleets of bicycles available for common use in a city (usually for a small fee), are catching on. As this detailed bike-share map shows, there are now close to 900 in operation in cities across …

China EV sales up 188%, still dominated by BYD, which also has a huge electric bus contract in Washington State and operates a fleet of 200 electric crossover carsharing vehicles in Chicago

China is a leader in the transition to electric vehicles.  Reports this month are that China EV sales up 188%, still dominated by BYD.  As of a year and a half ago, BYD buses had over 50 million service miles, in more than 150 cities in 36 countries around the world. BYD is doing well in the US too.  The California office of BYD …