December 2019 Technology Updates

  • Author: Kevin Chambers
  • Date: December 10, 2019

Acquisition, Investment, and Divestment Roundup

Ford to end GoRide Health transportation service by Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive

I talked to someone at Ford after they shut down Chariot in January of this year, and they pointed to GoRide as proof of Ford's commitment to staying in the mobility services space. Now that GoRide is going away, I'm curious to see what this means for their other mobility startup investments.

TNCs/Ride Sourcing Companies

London pulls Uber's operating license over 'pattern of failures' by Jason Plautz, Smart Cities Dive

Uber Drives Up Prices for Shared Rides, Chicago Data Reveals by Reuters

Uber and Lyft may be undermining one of the benefits they most touted — shared rides — in order to shore up their profit margin.

Fleet Electrification

Battery Electric Buses: the innovative technology that’s re-energizing urban mass transit by Bill van Parys, Fast Company

Electric buses are popping up all over the place.

Battery prices are crashing. That’s good news. by Jack Stewart, Marketplace

Good news indeed, because we really can't move fast enough when it comes reducing barriers to electrification of fleets.

Autonomous Vehicles

Stop Saying Driverless Cars Will Help Old People by Rose Eveleth, Wired

A detailed take-down of the claim that AVs will serve older adults well. "Not only are the claims that these systems might help older people overblown, they’re also made, for the most part, without including those older people in studies of the effects of the technology."

The Coming Driverless Age (ummm, that's 2040) by Stephen Sechrist, Display Daily

An interesting take on a report on the future of AVs by IDTechEx.

Mobility as a Service and New Mobility

Can MaaS work outside cities? by Darren Shirley, Smart Transport

Public transport agencies in the UK are working towards a rural MaaS.

There’s No App for Getting People Out of Their Cars by David Zipper, CityLab

David Zipper spells it out: MaaS is much more about making bold public investments and policy choices than it is about releasing apps. If the apps aren't directing you to robust services and infrastructure, they don't add much value.

How Cities Can Engage with Mobility as a Service by Jonathan Bray, Meeting of the Minds

Five reasonable tests for "good MaaS".

Development of Transactional Data Specification for Demand-Responsive Transportation by Roger Teal, et al

A proposal for a data standard to make Expedia-like booking possible across a range of demand-responsive providers.

Technology, Generally

Opinion: AI For Good Is Often Bad by Mark Latonero, Wired

A call for accountability and humility by companies attempting to do good with artificial intelligence.


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