News Roundup

Uber taps on for discounted public transport
World-leading technology will see Opal digital customers gain credit to their account when they transfer to public transport from Ubers and other rideshare services. Read more.

World-first automated bus hits next stop in Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour customers will be the first in the world to climb aboard a fully automated public shuttle bus to operate without a supervisor or a driver, as the NSW Government extends its trial of worldleading technology in a regional area. Read more.

Sydney’s Opal card to expand to Uber trips and e-bikes in world first
Sydney’s residents will now be able to pay for Uber trips with the same Opal card they use to pay for the city’s trains, buses, and ferries. Read more.

World’s first 5G tram launched in West Midlands
The very first 5G tram has been trialled in the West Midlands, where the technology has been used to provide crucial information to those with accessibility needs. Read more.

Spin launches long-term subscription hire model in UK county
Residents of Braintree, Essex, will be able to access Spin’s e-scooters for a monthly flat fee as the UK starts to ease national lockdown measures. Read more.

Autonomous vehicle report examines deployment impact on UK cities
The report makes use of advanced traffic modelling to predict the demand and impact of autonomy on congestion, emissions, public transport and ride-sharing services. Read more.

Mexico City pilots climate-adaptive cycle path built from plastic waste
The cycle path in Chapultepec Forest offers temporary water storage and drainage features and is made from over 2,200 pounds of plastic waste, the equivalent of half a million plastic bottle caps. Read more.

Smart ticketing trial “shot in the arm” for Queensland’s transport network
The Government of Queensland is celebrating the success of its smart ticketing trial, which has enabled Gold Coast commuters to pay for trips using their bank cards and smart watches. Read more.

Six Japanese cities launch MaaS mobile ticketing
Transit services in the cities of Oita, Sapporo, Asahikawa, Kumamoto, Oshima and Tsuchiura are available via the Japan Transit Planner and Norikae Annai apps. Read more.

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