October News Roundup

Transport for NSW partner with Motional to lay foundations for a driverless future
New South Wales is one step closer to autonomous mobility with Transport for NSW launching a plan to investigate driverless rideshare services.

Parking Boost at Emu Plains Station
Work is underway to deliver around 750 additional car spaces near the Emu Plains railway station, to support commuters using public transport.

London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone expanded to include inner London
By expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone, which is now 18 times the size of the original central London zone, the Mayor of London hopes to significantly improve air quality and Londoners’ health.

AI model can ‘predict’ traffic accidents before they occur
Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the Qatar Center for Artificial Intelligence have developed a ‘deep learning’ AI model capable of predicting traffic patterns with high-resolution risk maps.

Green autonomous trucking the future of long-haul logistics
Combining greener propulsion tech and autonomous tech can yield significant operational, cost and environmental gains.

Seoul’s smart streetlights connect to personal safety app
Seoul is replacing almost 2,950 streetlights with new smart versions that work in tandem with the city’s personal safety app, Ansimi.

Simple and seamless charging vital for mass EV adoption
Removing entry barriers and creating a seamless end-user experience will help nurture the nascent EV market.

The rise and rise of the kerb
Over the past few years the kerb – previously a relatively minor concern for city planners and transport engineers – has taken centre stage.

With microtransit, speed is not everything
Microtransit will offer an alternative mode of public transit, but what kind of riders will be in those seats?

Seattle transit operator introduces mobility rewards and incentive programme
Rewards initiative is to help support the SDoT’s “Flip Your Trip” campaign, designed to encourage people to replace car trips with other travel options such as transit, vanpooling, biking, scooting, or staying local.

Privatising the sky: drone delivery promises comfort and speed, but at a cost to workers and communities
Drone delivery at scale will transform the skies, change expectations for speedy delivery, and hide the labour that makes it possible.

Chicago awards microgrants to equitable transit pilot projects
The mayor has recognised 11 community-driven ventures that promote healthy, walkable, and affordable neighbourhoods in the inaugural Etod programme to support project construction near transit stations.

Moovit and Neuron partner for first- and last-mile options in Brisbane
It marks the latest partnership between the mobility-as-a-service company and a micromobility provider, aimed at creating more convenient travel choices in cities around the world.

Digital twin technology and the roads sector
Digital twin technology allows you to create a virtual representation of an asset and can open up a world of opportunities.

UITP Australia New Zealand publishes new ‘playbook’ highlighting opportunities for public transport post-pandemic
UITPANZ’s ‘Customer Attraction Playbook’ highlights opportunities for the public transport sector to attract passengers back to the network post-pandemic

New data published by Bird outlines significant adoption of micro-mobility in Florence, Italy
According to new data published by Bird, residents of Florence have prevented more than 20 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions since December 2020 by turning to micro-mobility.

Uber expands ‘Reserve’ feature to include budget-friendly rides
By expanding its ‘Reserve’ service, Uber hopes to make travel easier and less stressful, offering the opportunity to request bookings with Uber drivers up to 30 days in advance to more users.

Bolt launches new initiative to leverage platform for environmental benefits
As part of its new initiative, Bolt is working to make the electric scooter a more visible transport option in order to decrease the world’s dependence on the private car.

Paris to become ‘completely cyclable’ by 2026
Paris is investing €250 million (US$290 million) to update its existing biking strategy in a bid to make the French capital ‘completely cyclable’ by 2026.

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