Every week we’ll share a selection of the most recent news that grab our attention. Here are our favorite picks of the week:
CityLab – Tanvi Misra
This June, the city of Bhopal launched its first fully-automated and integrated public bike-share system. Within 15 days more than 10,000 persons sign up and the city is receiving an increasing number of requests to have more bikeshare docks in the neighborhoods. This reaction shows a genuine desire of the population for greener mobility alternatives. Can Indian cities cope with the excitement and develop sustainable mobility infrastructures?
TechCrunch – Darrell Etherington
Citymapper is officially operating its own buses in London. As the company realised the need for public transit options during nighttime, the inaugural will run from 9om to 5 am on the weekends. Citymapper operates large green buses equipped with smart displays providing real time information as well as seats integrated with USB ports for easy charging.
2025 AD – 2025 AD Team
On May 15th, Germany’s upper house passed a new transport law which made Germany the first country in the world to clarify the legal framework for automated driving. This sparked a heated conversation as different plans for the upcoming rules emerged. “The car industry needs to know the legal requirements to proceed with their developments, so we didn’t wait any longer and proceeded with a new law to give guidance to the rest of the EU.”
Wired – Aarian Marshall
Over the last decade more than 600 American public transit agencies have been collecting data to integrate them with Google Maps and provide real-time transit information and thus make commuting easier. The company TransLoc built a tool enabling agencies to manage transit agency data the way Google Maps needs. “One of the things that was holding transit agencies back were all these technical barriers,” says Doug Kaufman, the CEO of TransLoc.