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Ford targeting smart parking as element of Smart Mobility; vehicle sensors, connectivity and big data
February 18, 2015
At CES 2015 in January, Ford CEO Mark Fields announced “Ford Smart Mobility”—a plan to use innovation to take Ford to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data. (Earlier post.) Three of the initial projects announced as part of the plan address the ongoing problem of urban parking.
Although there are “dozens” of apps available that can help a driver find a parking space, said Dave McCreadie, Ford’s manager of electric vehicle infrastructure and smart grid technology and part of the cross-functional group working on the mobility projects, “the data behind the apps seems a bit thin.” Ford’s idea is to leverage the cloud, in-vehicle sensors, connectivity and advanced data analysis including probability algorithms to provide a much more comprehensive picture of available parking without incurring a cost in infrastructure build-out.
Ford supports launch of mobility-focused startup business accelerator program in Detroit: Techstars Mobility
December 11, 2014
Ford, Magna International Inc. and Verizon Telematics, are supporting the launch of “Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit”—a startup business accelerator program sited in downtown Detroit. Together, the companies are committing $2 million in funding plus mentors and other resources to support participating startups. Several Michigan-based venture capital firms will provide guidance to participants.
The tech incubator is aiming to deliver innovative mobility and transportation solutions that help alleviate growing global challenges such as traffic congestion, parking availability and pollution. The mobility scope is “broader than automotive,” noted Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. “The space really can comprise a lot of different [types] of companies.”
UC Davis, ITDP study suggests global shift to public transport, NMT and away from cars could save $100T through 2050 and cut GHGs
September 19, 2014
One of the more affordable ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions is to design cities to give people clean options for using public transportation, walking and cycling and to move away from car-centric development, according to a new report released by the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).
The study by Michael Replogle, ITDP, and Lewis M. Fulton, UC Davis, examines how major changes in urban transport investments worldwide would affect urban passenger transport emissions as well as mobility by different income groups.
Daimler’s moovel acquires mytaxi and RideScout to consolidate presence in mobility services market
September 04, 2014
Daimler’s integrated mobility service company moovel GmbH (earlier post) has acquired a 100% holding in Intelligent Apps GmbH, the operator of the popular mytaxi taxi booking app. moovel GmbH also announced the acquisition of RideScout, a leading app-based mobility platform in North America, dedicated to allowing users to search and compare ground transportation options on demand.
With these acquisitions, moovel GmbH is trying to consolidate its presence in the international mobility market and accelerate its development on the way to becoming a global player. All companies concerned will continue to operate independently from their current business locations.
New analytic framework quantifies benefits of taxi ride-sharing: cut in cumulative trip length by 40% or more
Researchers at MIT, Cornell University, and the Italian National Research Council’s Institute for Informatics and Telematics have devised a framework—the “shareability network”—to enable the systematic analysis of the tradeoff between collective benefits of sharing taxi services and individual passenger discomfort.
As described in an open access paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), they applied this framework to a dataset of 150 million taxi trips taken in New York City, and showed that with increasing but still relatively low passenger discomfort, cumulative trip length can be cut by 40% or more. This comes with reductions in service cost, emissions, and with split fares, hinting, they suggested, toward a wide passenger acceptance of such a shared service.
Toyota, Grenoble, EDF and Citélib launching Ha:Mo EV sharing service as part of multimodal transport solution; small EVs for the last kilometer
June 29, 2014
In October 2014, a car charing service featuring 70 Toyota i-ROAD and COMS ultra-compact electric vehicles and around 30 charging stations developed and managed by EDF’s subsidiary Sodetrel will be open for service for a period of three years through a unique partnership between the City and the Metropolitan Area of Grenoble (France), French energy company EDF, Japanese car maker Toyota and Citélib, a local car-sharing operator. (Earlier post.)
Connected to the public transport system’s IT infrastructure, this new car-sharing scheme will complement Citélib, the current car-sharing service of Grenoble, by allowing users to pick up one of the small EVs at one location and drop it off at another. The project also aims to promote multimodal transport methods. The main idea is to allow commuters to drive electrically the first or last kilometers of their journey for increased flexibility and time-saving, thus contributing to reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality in city centers.