Transit Tech

Community Design
Ted Eytan

Walking, the Oldest Form of Public Transportation, Goes High Tech

Monday, August 24, 2015 10:05 AM

For finding out what’s hot in the world of “people tracking,” Walk Hack Night at Mobility Lab on Thursday was the place to be. A handful of innovators spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of about 80 members of the Transportation Techies group in rapid-fire presentations on why knowing more about the movements of society is […]






by Paul Mackie
Commentary
Uber CEO

Uber’s Plan for Self-Driving Cars Bigger Than Its Taxi Disruption

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 1:08 PM

Uber has fundamentally changed the taxi industry. But its biggest disruption may be yet to come. The ride-hailing company has invested in autonomous-vehicle research, and its CEO Travis Kalanick (pictured above) has indicated that consumers can expect a driverless Uber fleet by 2030. Uber expects its service to be so inexpensive and ubiquitous as to make […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
Top Techies and Sidewalks

Apps Are Not the Answer

Friday, August 14, 2015 10:47 AM

It’s clear that apps, specifically mobile apps, are the most popular creations for civic hackers and are the usual output of countless hackathons nationwide. But at the latest Transportation Techies, held for the first time in Baltimore, Justin Elszasz, an open data analyzer who blogs at The Training Set, said the focus on apps isn’t […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design
Transit Planners

Planning Tool Brings Hope for Transit Users

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 3:22 PM

Paul Supawanich and his colleagues want to make transit better. They see transit as a powerful force for good because it is efficient at moving lots of people. The problem, as many transit riders will tell you, is sometimes transit isn’t actually that efficient in terms of getting someone from one place to another. There […]






by Chris Plano
Community Design
Self Driving Car

Autonomous Vehicles Are a Traffic Solution Only Alongside Better City Planning

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 1:07 PM

Autonomous vehicles – or self driving cars – are promoted as a solution to congestion because researcher Todd Litman and many others expect that sensors will allow cars to travel closer together. But it has been proved time and time again that road-widening leads to induced demand, which means that additional lanes get just as […]






by Chris Plano
Transit Tech
Adil Yalcin

Transit Data Gets More Intriguing As the Way It’s Presented Improves

Monday, July 13, 2015 3:45 PM

Adil Yalcin said he was always frustrated that so many data-analysis programs require the user to pick the design of the data visualization. In other words, the users had to decide if they wanted to view the information as a line graph, chart, or other map. In an effort to simplify the process, the student […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design
Split_tech_co

Transportation Startups Could Be the “Next Great Small Business”

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 3:50 PM

The new shared-ride mobility company Split, operating out of Washington D.C., was one of two transportation startups recognized in the recent Tech.Co Startup Competition in Arlington, Virginia. Split was deemed the standout of the two, being awarded second-place overall in the competition. It’s similar to Uber and Lyft in that it is an app-enable ride-hailing […]






by Paul Goddin
Pop Culture
Aurora Nou 900

5 Apps for Catching Your Train and Being Productive on D.C.’s Metro

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 9:56 AM

Mobility Lab’s Transportation Techies has grown wildly to include more than 900 members in the Washington D.C. region since its founding a year-and-a-half ago – and the latest event featured its best show yet. Here are a few of the projects presented at June’s Metro Hack Night III (look for more from this session to […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Policy
Subway tech

National Academies Find That Open Data is a No-Brainer for Transit Agencies

Friday, June 19, 2015 10:45 AM

While transit agencies have long been measuring their performance based on the data they keep, a new world of “open data” is providing the opportunity for anyone to analyze and visualize performance in ways that have almost never been possible. The National Academies – which advises Congress on science, engineering, and medicine – has now […]






by Carol Schweiger
Economic Prosperity
Carpoolin

New App Connects Coworkers to Ride Together

Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:04 PM

Commuters who regularly endure traffic jams and long travel times to work sometimes consider carpooling as an alternative, but it’s not always simple to find people to share a ride. A new app called Ride aims to change all that. Launched in April, Ride hopes to connect coworkers who have similar routes to work – reducing […]






by Amy Eagleburger