January News Roundup

Micro mobility- A concept whose time has come
Last-mile connectivity and environment-friendly battery operation has pushed up use of battery bikes in large Indian cities.

Uber buys Aussie start-up Car Next Door
Nearly 50 investors in start-up Car Next Door, including Hyundai, Suncorp, Ampol and entrepreneur Steve Baxter of Shark Tank fame, are expected to share in about $50 million, after Uber acquired the Australian car-sharing service.

Neuron brings e-scooters to Australia
Neuron e-scooters come with app-controlled helmet lock and voice guidance

Brisbane rail project brings door-to-door public transport a step closer
In the near future, commuters will travel around cities on smart public transport systems, which adjust their timetables to accommodate real-time passenger demand to offer a seamless door-to-door journey.

India encourages cities to adopt open data strategies
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is launching an Open Data Week, which will see 100 of the country’s smart cities publishing high quality datasets and data blogs on an open portal.

City council smart transport technology allows decisions to be backed by real data
A device that counts pedestrians, people on bikes and scooters, skateboarders – even dogs – is the latest in a stream of smart transport initiatives rolled out by Hamilton City Council over the past financial year.

Victoria Government launches e-scooter trial programme
Lime and Neuron Mobility e-scooters will be rolled out across the cities of Melbourne, Yarra and Port Phillip for one year which could be extended pending the outcome of the trial.

Data alliance formed to promote global smart city standards
Fiware Foundation and the India Urban Data Exchange want to encourage standard-based development of solutions to exchange data among multiple organisations in different application domains.

Milan expands cycle network
Italian city’s concerns over congestion and pollution have led to ambitious active travel plan.

Transport Scotland announces free bus travel for under 22s
From 31 January 2022, under 22s living in Scotland can benefit from free bus travel, with the scheme set to tackle inequality, respond to the climate emergency and improve the lives of young people.

What will power delivery vehicles of the future?
These vans and trucks play a pivotal role in the world’s economies, and make a sizeable impact on the environment.

Korean researchers develop gate-free contactless smart ticketing solution
Researchers at the Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI) in Uiwang-si are developing a “smart gate-free system” that will enable passengers using public transport services to automatically pay their fares from their mobile device by walking across a “smart block” in the floor.

New data standard aims to simplify kerb management
A new open-source data-sharing tool to enable dynamic kerb space management has been launched by non-profit the Open Mobility Foundation (OMF).

Parking and mobility in 2022: challenges, solutions and what to expect
Peter O’Driscoll shares his predictions for parking innovations in 2022.