August News Roundup

New Trial Bus Service Boosts Access to Snowfields
A trial bus service to better connect Jindabyne, Perisher and Thredbo will make travelling through the Kosciuszko National Park even easier this snow season.

Full steam ahead on South Coast station upgrades
Dapto and Shellharbour Junction train customers will benefit from longer and more accessible station platforms as part of an additional multi-million dollar upgrade to rail infrastructure on the South Coast Line.

Google Maps tie up sees Spin’s biggest integration into journey planning apps
A tie up by Spin, the micromobility business of Ford and Google Maps, means Google Maps users are now able to see, in real-time, the nearest available Spin e-bike or e-scooter in 84 towns, cities and campuses in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Spain.

Digital twins: making the future more predictable
This powerful technology can make cities more resilient and efficient but only if enabled by advanced data management systems, explains Cloudera’s Brent Biddulph.

Spain’s national railway company invests in multimodal door-to-door MaaS platform
Siemens Mobility and business transformation consultancy everis have been awarded a five-year contract by Renfe, the national railway company of Spain, to develop and operate a countrywide, intelligent Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platform.

Transporting urban mobility into the future
There’s a lot of excitement around MaaS at the moment, but what is it and what’s in it for government?

City of Pescara expands micromobility options with e-mopeds
Micromobility provider Helbiz is launching a fleet of 100 MiMoto electric mopeds throughout the Italian city, following deployment of e-scooters last year.

Arrival and Microsoft to develop open data platform for vehicles and fleets
Electric vehicle technology developer Arrival has announced a tie up with Microsoft to develop an open data platform for vehicles and fleets to improve the utility of vehicle generated shared data.

New York City launches e-scooter pilot
E-scooter providers Bird, Lime and Veo will make up to 3,000 e-scooters available in the East Bronx for phase one of the programme with this figure increasing to 6,000 next year.

Smart streetlights save Christchurch ratepayers $1.5m
The city has been working to convert all of the city’s streetlights to LEDs and reports that it has so far reduced its annual street lighting power consumption by more than 70 per cent.

Manchester uses artificial intelligence to gain more insight into active travel
Around 100 sensors from Vivacity Labs will be installed to capture anonymous traffic counts in real-time to find out how segregated cycling and walking routes and priority areas are being used.

TfL to adopt smart technology to keep London moving
TfL has awarded contracts to two startups from its 2019 RoadLab innovation challenge to deliver solutions that aim to make the management of London’s roads safer, smarter, and more efficient.

Virtual Valet technology could prevent e-scooters cluttering footpaths
Irish smart scooter technology company Luna and US based company JUMPWatts have announced a project to find a solution to the escalating problem of e-scooters being in the wrong location relative to user demand and discarded scooters cluttering footpaths.

London gets retractable charge points designed to keep streets clear of clutter
Prototypes of a new design of retractable on-street electric vehicle charge points that sit flush within the pavement when not in use have been installed within the London Borough of Brent. The aim is to deliver on-street charging while keeping streets clear of clutter.

Romanian city pilots fast-charging for electric buses
It is hoped the trial of the ultra-fast charger in Oradea will help lay the foundation for the spread of electric public transport and private vehicles in Romania.

University of Queensland pilots multimodal subscription-based Mobility-as-a-Service app
Students and staff at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, are trialling a multimodal Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) app that enables them to purchase a fixed-price prepaid mobility plan for unlimited journeys by bus, train, tram and ferry services across South East Queensland.

Transport leaders share the secret to successful partnerships
Gathering data – and keeping it secure – presents a unique set of challenges for innovators in the transit ecosystem, but also opens the door to new opportunities, including more equitable cities.

Belgian railways trial ‘check in check out’ app-based fare payments
Belgian railway operator SNCB is to pilot an automated app-based ticketing system that uses geolocation technology to track a passenger’s journey and then calculates the fare and charges the passenger via the app after that journey is completed.

Adelaide to roll out open loop tap-and-pay ticketing across public transport network
Adelaide Metro is to enable passengers to make contactless fare payments with their credit or debit card or their tap-and-pay digital wallet on all its bus, train and tram services in the South Australian state capital.

Amsterdam expands smart bike parking tags
The City of Amsterdam and railway operator NS have developed a scannable barcode tag for bicycles to allow for more convenient parking at rail stations and municipal bike garages.

Augmented reality is revolutionising safety and product development
AR could eventually provide drivers with virtual passengers to aid navigation.

High-speed railway to be integrated into Moscow’s transport network
The popular Sapsan high-speed route between Moscow and St Petersburg will be integrated into the city’s transport network to make connections more convenient.

Spin announces integration with Google Maps
In addition to being able to see the nearest available Spin e-bike or e-scooter, Google Maps users will also see how long it will take to walk to the vehicle, battery range and estimated arrival time.

Competition winners to begin hydrogen transport projects in UK
Among the projects funded by the competition is the retrofitting of a diesel-powered double-decker bus, and the development of hydrogen-powered vehicles for the emergency services in the region.

New data published to support safe operation of autonomous vehicles in adverse weather
The Heriot-Watt University-led Radiate project has published a new dataset that will support the development of autonomous vehicles that can operate safely in adverse weather conditions.

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