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 …

Tesla’s cars collecting $2 billion worth of data annually (8 cameras + other sensors). Lvl5 is paying Uber and Lyft drivers up to 5 cents per mile for data from one camera

1 Sept 2017, excerpt from Clean Technica. Originally published on EV Annex. By Charles Morris The price per mile of car travel hasn’t changed in 100 years, and it’s about to significantly drop with autonomous technology,” says Keeney. “[The auto industry is] undergoing two monumental transformations – the shift toward both autonomous and electric vehicles. This requires an entirely new business model, and …

Using big data from from cellphones, mobile apps, and in-vehicle GPS devices to understand travel patterns

Here is a new resource for decision-makers interested in using big data to understand travel patterns, but who are not sure how to get started. This new brief provides an overview of trip-making data from cellphones, mobile apps, and in-vehicle GPS devices. It shows example applications and offers lessons learned from our recent Connecting Sacramento study and from past studies in Colorado and Virginia. With …

How to implement on open data policy

By Smart Cities Dive, August 2017 By one count, there are 105 U.S. open data policies or directives across 85 jurisdictions. That means, of course, that there are plenty of cities left in the U.S. that could begin to work on data policies. For cities looking to get into the open data game, there are organizations like What Works Cities and the Sunlight Foundation that …

Data analytics and AI progress in China, plans to dominate the market by 2030

Bloomberg, 14 Aug 2017 Xu Li’s software scans more faces than maybe any on earth. He has the Chinese police to thank. Xu runs SenseTime Group Ltd., which makes artificial intelligence software that recognizes objects and faces, and counts China’s biggest smartphone brands as customers. In July, SenseTime raised $410 million, a sum it said was the largest single round for …

New strategies for transportation: Data as a Service, Mobility/Transportation as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service – (Model) Strategy for the Transition at Transportation Agencies

New digital technology offers new opportunities for smart and emission-free mobility that saves energy, emissions, space, time and money. Creating more efficient flow of people and goods emission-free in city and what business models and policy tools we need for large-scale deployment of intelligent mobility? A number of DOTs are now repositioning themselves as a platform for mobility innovation that supports …

The story behind America’s unlikely bus renaissance and the man who makes transit systems better overnight

Cities don’t look like they used to. Working class neighbourhoods are turning into yuppie enclaves. Industrial zones are turning into hipster fiefdoms. Whether it’s Williamsburg, Brooklyn or Neukölln, Berlin, residents are picking new neighbourhoods for their homes and businesses — and they’re often a good clip away from “traditional” city centres. As new areas densify and city poles shift, how do cities …