March 2020 Technology Updates

  • Author: Kevin Chambers
  • Date: March 10, 2020

TNCs/Ride Sourcing Companies

Uber's new phone-booking feature lets riders ditch the app by Cailin Crowe, Smart Cities Dive

"The pilot feature will first be available across Arizona, connecting users with a live person to confirm and quote an Uber trip. The feature requires users to have an SMS or "text-based" mobile phone to receive messages about the ride ETA, driver’s license plate information and trip receipts."

Ride-hailing pollutes 70% more than trips it replaces: study by Jason Plautz, Smart Cities Dive

The problem is with deadheading and not sharing the vehicle between riders. Study is here.

Autonomous Vehicles

Officials: Federal AV law should not stop cities from regulating tech by Chris Teale, Smart Cities Dive

New proposed legislation "would remove the ability for states and cities to put forward their own regulations."

Uber’s Autonomous Cars Are Back—and I Took One for a Spin by Brandon Presser, Daily Beast

The ride-sharing giant retooled its autonomous car program after a terrible accident in Tempe, Arizona.

Vehicle Electrification

Why Detroit automakers are zombies by Jim Harris, Corporate Knights

Check out the graph showing the plummeting costs of batteries since 2010.

Destination: Zero Carbon Three strategies to transform transportation in America by Gideon Weissman, Frontier Group and Morgan Folger, Environment America Research & Policy Center

Includes an overview of transit electrification in the US, with recommendations for moving faster towards decarbonization of transit.

Mobility as a Service and New Mobility

LADOT wins appeal in data-sharing dispute with Uber by Chris Teale, Smart Cities Dive

Just one squirmish in the larger battle for the management of data about mobility.

In the case of Uber vs. LA, here's why you should bet on LA by Bradley Tusk, Smart Cities Dive

Authored by an investor in Bird, one of Uber's competitors in micromobility. "Ultimately, whether or not LADOT has more access to data isn’t really the key point. What’s at stake here is Uber’s ability to operate without oversight and without regard for citizens in cities everywhere."

MFS: New mobility services are only sustainable when combined with public transportation by Tom Stone, Traffic Technology Today

"A new study, commissioned as part of the Mobility and Fuel strategy (MFS) of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, shows that the efficiency and environmental benefits of micromobility and other new mobility services, will only be fully realised if they are integrated into existing public transit offerings."


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