More than comic fodder, the blackout was a valuable lesson reminding us that even the smartest, newest machines can’t function without the greatest machine ever built – the U.S. power grid. This is especially true in transportation, where vehicles, from personal cars to trucks and buses, are rapidly evolving by becoming electric and plugging into the power grid rather than running on gasoline.
Eno Transportation Weekly
Category: Digital Cities
January 18, 2017 – TNCs do not have a home on our streets, and freight vehicles do not have enough commercial loading zones and parking places to accommodate booming ecommerce. Enter Shared Use Mobility Zones (SUM Zones), a flexible curb management tool that can help cities reduce congestion, meet their mobility goals, adapt to emerging technologies, and even increase their revenue.
Fresh off of a month-long recess, the House hit the ground running with a few bipartisan victories. Among them: passing a bill that may become the nation’s first laws around automated vehicles (AVs)…
Data issues are the biggest challenge facing smart cities of today and tomorrow. By examining the USDOT Smart City Challenge Dataset, out of the 50 different challenges identified, the top two were data challenges.
June 1, 2017 – In the interest of helping states navigate the changing autonomous vehicle landscape, Eno has released a new report: Adopting and Adapting: States and Automated Vehicle Policy, in collaboration with its Digital Cities Advisory Board. Adopting and Adapting provides a roadmap to help states enact sound AV policies that encourage innovation while promoting safety on their roadways.
March 23, 2017 – Across the coming years, U.S.
March 17, 2017 – A House hearing week examined how communities are implementing emerging technology and sophisticated data collection methods across the United States.
To discuss the progress among the finalist cities after the Smart City Challenge, Eno convened a panel of representatives from three of these cities at its recent Capital Convergence: Portland, OR; Kansas City, MO; and Washington, DC, as well as a representative from the technology consultancy Cubic. Three main ideas emerged from the panel on how cities would go about implementing a Smart City.
Although the industry is less than ten years old, transportation network companies (TNCs) have upended the traditional role of public transit agencies and how they would deliver service as people increasingly have more on-demand options available.
The National Capital region is home to myriad innovative transportation technologies, practices, and policies that can provide real lessons for projects around the country. These developments and their policy implications were the subject of rigorous discussion during a panel session at Eno’s recent Capital Convergence conference.
Smart transportation technologies, including ridesharing, automated, and connected vehicles, must be incorporated into cities in a way that complements our existing transportation system.
While it is fun and sometimes productive to imagine potential scenarios, speculation about an unknown future dominate the conversations, and are crowding out discussion of some of the valuable things that these technologies can accomplish in the short term.
October 6, 2016 – The mayor of Pittsburgh, PA was in town last week to talk about the self-driving car deployment going on in his city.
September 22, 2016 – A House committee recently approved legislation that would allow federal employees to use their transit benefits for on-demand ride services like Uber and Lyft.
September 7, 2016 – With a mission to make our streets safer by improving driver behavior, New Jersey-based Driversiti is leveraging mobile technology to redefine traffic safety initiatives in the 21st century.
September 7, 2016 – As part of its annual Public Policy Preview Days that advance the 2017 public show, which opens on Friday, Jan. 27, the Washington Auto Show will feature a new partner in 2017: the Eno Center for Transportation. Eno, whose mission is to cultivate creative leadership and to impact emerging issues for the nation’s multi-modal transportation system, will co-locate its 2017 Digital Cities conference, Capital Convergence (CapCon), at the show site, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, on Thursday, Jan. 26.
The proliferation of mobile technology and the rapid acceleration of computer processing power have driven a renaissance of innovation across fields that have long remained static. This has led tech firms to set their sights on “moonshot” projects that propose grandiose solutions to our most pressing problems.
While GPS mapping was groundbreaking, auto manufacturers and tech companies are now rushing to create sophisticated, ultra-precise maps of cities and every possible inch of road throughout the United States. The primary objective is to build functional and thorough digital representations of urban environments that autonomous vehicles, drones, and other automated technologies can use to safely navigate to any destination.
Big Data can seem complicated because it means many things to many people. But it is not new. At its core, Big Data is still the collection, analysis, and communication of information. What has changed over time is the size, speed, and variety of data which is collected and communicated.
A substantial shift in transportation options is emerging, with various technologies advancing to market for connected and highly automated vehicles (C/AVs). Our nation’s $1,000 per capita annual crash costs may plummet – as technologists and manufacturers work hard to publicly deliver communicating and self-driving vehicles.