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Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic

Split of benefits and costs could spark much-needed national transportation discussion Just what a future transportation system with autonomous vehicles looks like isn’t completely clear-cut. However, Kara Kockelman, a University of Texas-based leading academic on the subject, has predictions for their economic impacts. In a South by Southwest presentation last week, she put forth a… Read more »

Will people ever share rides in small and mid-size cities?

Cities and providers face challenge of promoting shared options against the ease of drive-alone trips This week our communications director Paul Mackie is reporting from South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Why would there be much urgency in creating shared-mobility options in a place like Austin? RideAustin, Fasten, and others easily slipped in to take the… Read more »

Ford not just selling cars anymore

Business model shifts to include mobility options Anyone who caught Ford’s Super Bowl commercial might have some questions about the other modes – bikeshare and vanpool, most notably – that appeared next to the automaker’s cars. To Ford, it’s part of a strategic, ongoing shift. Speaking Monday at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, Executive Chairman… Read more »

SXSW Hackers Suggest Austin Transportation Improvements

Austin, home to great music, festivals and tech, is also facing some great challenges. Thanks to its success, congestion, long commutes, and escalating housing costs are looming. For the first time, Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is hosting Hack Our City. As part of the interactive program, five teams comprised of both locals and… Read more »

D.C., S.F., Austin Among Top-Ranked Cities for Technology-Enabled Transportation

Washington D.C. grabs the number-3 spot in a new study of 70 cities and the technology-enabled transportation options they offer. The Innovative Transportation Index, released today and authored by the Frontier Group and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, looks at 11 different services – from ridesharing to real-time transit information – to identify which cities… Read more »

SXSW’s Top 5 Transportation Trends

Building on the car and ride sharing startups of 2013, smart transportation was a strong category at SXSW Interactive 2014 this month in Austin, Texas. The five trends worth watching for 2014 and beyond are big data, the sharing economy, smarter apps, smarter systems, and driverless cars. 1.     Big Data Big data continues to be the… Read more »

Why Not Have a Walking Meeting? Here’s How

I was one of about 1,500 people to attend the inaugural SXSW V2V hosted at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada back in August.   V2V – which stands for a bunch of things, including Visionaries to Vegas, Vision to Venture, Voice to Voice, and Venture to Vegas — was all about learning the skills,… Read more »

Technologies at SXSW Evolving How We Get Around

With sessions like “Making Accessible Transportation Modern and Cool,” “Sexy, Safe & Smart Highways,” and “Transportation Apps & the Sharing Economy,” transportation was re-imagined in new and exciting ways at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. Many of these ideas were discussed at local meetups like “Hacking Transportation” and “Bike Culture.”… Read more »

Top Commuter Trends at SXSW Interactive 2013

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive 2013 Conference in Austin, Texas took a turn this year away from being the startup launching pad to something more substantial. It became a marketing festival – a place for the estimated 27,000 young, affluent, digital decision makers to connect with one another offline and to preview the art of our… Read more »