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The Responsive Network (Part 3/3) – Citymapper – Medium
The Responsive Network is INFRASTRUCTURE. We can provision mobility anywhere transportation is lacking, or needs additional capacity. Unlike cabs, which are free to roam, our technology can commit supply to an area or a time of day, at more accessible prices. Unlike buses, which are stuck on a fixed route, our network can support an entire coverage area. Unlike metros, which take years to build, we can get going quickly.
cities  new-companies  future  measurement  taxi 
1 hour ago by dancall
Tesla battery 'taking straw off camel's back' for South Australia energy demand | Technology | The Guardian
Even with the relatively small capacity devoted to smoothing demand – supplying only about 1% of peak demand in the state – Saddler said it is still providing a useful service and demonstrates the valuable role energy storage can play in thesystem.

“While the watts may seem small in the context of the whole system, the SA battery is providing critical power at the critical moment – in effect taking the straw off the camel’s back.”
batteries  cities  energy  future 
5 hours ago by dancall
Citymapper launches bus-taxi hybrid Smart Ride in London | Technology | The Guardian
The Smart Ride service will run eight-seater people-carriers driven by licensed private hire drivers, operating in a fixed network that spans the city.
Ashtari said: “It’s a bit like a bus because it has stops, it’s a bit like a cab because you book it and it has guaranteed seats, and it’s a bit like a metro because it has a network of roads.”
Citymapper had hoped to be able to offer similar flexibility with larger buses, the company said, but was ultimately stymied by London regulations that restrict the size of vehicles licensed as private hire vehicles.
cities  taxi  trends  future 
5 hours ago by dancall
Uber and municipal government: Super friends?
Here's the key lesson: Ride-sharing isn't replacing other forms of transportation. It supplements it.
People don't really use ride-sharing for commuting that much, and they still use it less frequently than trains, buses, bikes, and their own cars. When they do use ride-sharing instead of public transit, it's usually for reasons of time or reliability. It's not clear how often people use ride-sharing along with public transit — say, getting off the bus or the subway and then hailing an Uber or Lyft to go the final stretch. But the researchers estimate its modest, in the range of 3 percent to 16 percent of all rides.
People mostly use ride-sharing for a few specific tasks like getting around to various social activities on weekend nights, or getting to and from the airport. Clearly, ride-sharing is never going to replace public transit. There's just no substitute for well-funded buses, trains, subways, and rail.
uber  automotive  cities 
6 hours ago by dancall
Uber Express Pool offers the cheapest fares yet in exchange for a little walking - The Verge
Here’s how it works: riders who select Express Pool will be asked to wait a minute or two longer than usual to be matched with a driver. The idea is that during this additional time, Uber’s algorithm is blasting through hundreds of different drivers, routes, pickup and dropoff locations, and additional riders looking for the optimal match. After the match, riders will be directed to walk a few extra blocks to their pickup location, where (if Uber’s algorithm worked the way its supposed to) they’ll hopefully meet one or two additional riders who’ve also been matched with the same driver.
uber  automotive  cities  future  ai 
6 hours ago by dancall
Roadless Forest
global map of road accessibility
cities  maps 
12 hours ago by smmaurer
Bad Bus (Part 2/3) – Citymapper – Medium
The first generation of transport tech has often given cities a headache. This makes it hard for other players to engage in a meaningful manner.
This is bad for the future of collaborations between the public and private sector. Transit agencies and bus operators run bus systems, but don’t always have the right capabilities for software and data analytics.
cities  uber  automotive  taxi  fail  partnerships 
2 days ago by dancall
Good Bus (Part 1/3) – Citymapper – Medium
We built an app using open data from TfL, and utilising maps and platforms from Google and Apple.
Now Google, Apple and TfL show our bus in their apps and planners.. sending people to our bus!
cities  measurement  casestudies  automotive  mobile  widgets  new-companies 
2 days ago by dancall
There Is No Such Thing as a Smart City - The Atlantic
So what future cities have in store, I surmise, is not a comprehensive, sleek, point-and-click new digital urban order, but many localized, haphazard mash-ups of digital tips, tricks, and hacks. These half-baked smart-aleck cities will require the arcane knowledge that any local townie knows—that he or she considers habit, a second nature. But the tourist and the émigré will be automatically skinned.
cities  fail 
2 days ago by dancall
Future Transport: How is London responding to technological innovation | London City Hall
Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) or driverless cars won't be on the road until the 2030s at least and could add to congestion
Dockless cycle schemes need to be able to operate across London to be effective
There is no control system in place for drones and droids
TfL is monitoring technological developments but this needs to be embedded across the whole organisation
robots  automotive  trends  future  predictions  cities 
2 days ago by dancall
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2 days ago by smmaurer

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