Every week we’ll share a selection of the most recent news that grab our attention. Here are our favorite picks of the week:
CityMetric – Alfie Shaw
If you live in a big city, the chances are that you share Transport for London’s dream of quiet, clean, and open streets. “Rideables” are here to democratise access to the cycle lanes that we are all, ultimately, paying for. They come in many forms, from electrified versions of traditional systems, to less conventional personal transportation solutions. They hit 15mph, charge fully from a household plug in about an hour, take you over 10 miles on a single charge, and are small enough to be carried on public transport or stored under a desk. The problem? They are illegal on all British roads, cycle lanes, and pavements.
Silicon Republic – Marko Javornik
Even in a disrupted urban mobility ecosystem, public transport and cars will still prevail as the main means of transport. Only with the help of modern technologies can the utilisation be dramatically increased – and the mobility experience for users accelerated. But in what form will this mobility service disruption come? Nobody really has the answers just yet.
Car Body Design
BMW has announced Motorrad Concept Link, a zero-emission two-wheels vehicle that introduces a completely new design language e-drive electric drivetrain, fast acceleration and easy handling – two qualities particularly useful in the urban environment, as well as elements of connectivity:
“The BMW Motorrad Concept Link interprets the connection between rider, vehicle and the environment for urban use. It keeps the rider connected while riding: for example it knows what’s in the rider’s calendar and therefore his next destinations. As a result it can plan the fastest or most scenic route and even select the most suitable music if required.”
Property Guru – Romesh Navaratnarajah
Singapore’s growing population has led to more space-efficient modes of transportation. More incentives have also been introduced for people to use public transport and embrace new forms of transportation such as personal mobility devices. As such, Singapore has been named among 10 cities in Asia Pacific that are implementing big plans to improve urban mobility. The other cities on the list are Seoul, Shanghai, Suwon, Taipei, Tokyo, Bandung, Ho Chi Minh City, Sydney and Yangon.