Cities will need to fight zero-occupant miles with “TDM for autonomous vehicles”

By Howard Jennings – May 30, 2017 Mobility Lab 7 The advent of autonomous vehicles is fraught with uncertainty, especially when it comes to their impacts on traffic, travel choices, and the broader transportation system.They offer many potential benefits, but many potential negative impacts, depending in part on how they are deployed. While widespread adoption may still be decades away, significant numbers will begin to …

INRIX shines big data on Transit Leap

By John Niles, End of Driving, 2017-03-23  In our book chapter, Transit Leap: A Deployment path for shared-use autonomous vehicles that supports sustainability (Springer, 2017), we described a way for regional and municipal governments to start deploying local area, autonomous transit. We described seeking out small areas in which demand would be constrained to short trips that could be safely provided in driverless, …

Regional transportation plans are stuck in the headlights of autonomous vehicles

By John Niles, End of Driving, 2017-09-15  |    Leave a comment On Sep. 14th, Metrolinx, focusing on the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region (GTHA), released its draft Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). I highlighted selected passages relevant to thinking about autonomous vehicles. I am concerned about a mismatch in the draft between current and expected demand, expected disruption from automation, and the projection of …

Tech may be the cure for collisions between buses and people biking and walking

By Kelley Coyner – October 3, 2017 – A Mobility Lab top article from 2017 Uri Tamir of Intel’s Mobileye and Mobility Momma last discussed how vehicle cameras can now eliminate blind spots, warn drivers about bikers and walkers, and map bike and pedestrian hot spots.While the brains of automated vehicles may not be able to predict cyclist behavior, Tamir said that Mobileye’s Shield+ technology can still help …

Pittsburgh keeps transit use rising: Pittsburgh is bucking the US trend on transit ridership numbers. How’s it doing it?

By Brian Zanghi, 15 Dec 2017, City Metric Pittsburgh. Image: Getty. It’s no secret that public transit in the US is struggling to grow. There are, however, a few cities, including Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that are managing to slow the downward trend relative and provide strong rider experience that is keeping more riders with the service. What is this Pennsylvanian city doing to …

New Poll Finds 81% Of New Yorkers Want To Choose Clean Energy

13 Nov 2017 by Joshua S Hill  on Clean Technica A new report published earlier this month has revealed that New Yorkers overwhelmingly want the ability to choose their energy supplier, clean energy, and want more renewable energy in New York’s electricity mix. Commissioned by renewable energy company CleanChoice Energy and conducted by SurveyUSA, the new poll interviewed 600 New York State residents and …

Shuttles find niche in Austin’s ride-hailing market 

Capital MetroA Capital Metro “Pickup” driver helps a passenger out of the Pickup shuttle. CapMetro’s ride-hailing pilot Pickup has seen growth since beginning operations in June. By Sebastian Herrera Austin Statesman,  sherrera@statesman.com Nov 2017  On a recent morning at the Mueller Market District in North Austin, Lynda Williams’ sky blue shuttle rolled to a stop in front of the H-E-B store, parking among the …

CDOT crunches the numbers to bring Hyperloop to Colorado

State officials take first steps toward realizing the high-tech transportation system. It sounds as far-fetched as flying cars.  Imagine zipping across Colorado in a levitating pod that can reach speeds of 700 mph. You could travel from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs in less than 20 minutes and be at the airport in no time.  The reality is closer than …

AVs need to start with transit. “Transit agencies need to be the first adopters of AV technology, or public transit dies in America”

How can AVs and microtransit be more than a distraction from the time- and work-intensive solutions needed to fix city travel ills, such as better payment systems, upgraded trains and vehicles, more frequent service, and road pricing schemes? https://www.curbed.com/2017/11/2/16593004/bus-autonomous-vehicle-electric-public-transportation MOD/MaaS may be impacting bus ridership. The continued adoption and expansion of Uber and Lyft have led many to begin thinking about the systemic impact of …