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FedEx Express has announced the start of electric vehicle (EV) trials in India as part of its global goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.

E-commerce is one of the biggest markets for the deployment of electric vehicles, especially when it comes to the intra-urban movement of goods. Many online sellers are already using electric vehicles for parcel delivery and FedEx Express has also taken a step in this direction. The express delivery company has announced the start of electric vehicle (EV) trials in India as part of its global goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. The trial of the electric vehicle is expected to end within a month at Bengaluru.

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FedEx will use electric vehicles for intra-city distribution of goods.

Mohamad Sayegh, Vice President of India Operations for FedEx Express, said, “FedEx is on a mission to connect the world in a responsible and resourceful way, and I am extremely pleased to announce the launch of our electric vehicle trial in India. , which is in line with our global goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. With the growth of e-commerce in India, we are constantly looking for ways to sustain this momentum while reducing environmental impact. The start of electric vehicle testing brings us one step closer to that vision. “

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The company will test the vehicle technology in FedEx Express operations, evaluating the operational efficiency of vehicles on a standard route fully loaded with packages. Following the positive results of the trial, FedEx Express will expand the trial to Delhi. By 2040, the company aims to completely switch its global parcel collection and delivery (PUD) fleet to zero-emission electric vehicles. This goal of vehicle electrification is being addressed through incremental programs to replace existing vehicles. The goal is for 50% of FedEx Express’s global PUD vehicle purchases to be electric vehicles by 2025, rising to 100% by 2030.

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Bloomington transport board secures new chairman in controversial election https://commuter-connection.org/bloomington-transport-board-secures-new-chairman-in-controversial-election/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 10:49:56 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/bloomington-transport-board-secures-new-chairman-in-controversial-election/ Serious acrimony accompanied the election on Tuesday night of new officers to the board of directors of Bloomington Public Transportation Corp. By a 3-2 vote, board members elected James McLary as the new board chair, demoting former chair Nancy Obermeyer to secretary. Board member Marilyn Hartman had proposed the changes, and she, McLary and member […]]]>


Serious acrimony accompanied the election on Tuesday night of new officers to the board of directors of Bloomington Public Transportation Corp. By a 3-2 vote, board members elected James McLary as the new board chair, demoting former chair Nancy Obermeyer to secretary.

Board member Marilyn Hartman had proposed the changes, and she, McLary and member Doug Horn voted in favor, while Obermeyer and Vice President Kent McDaniel voted against.

Following:Upcoming changes to Bloomington bus routes from Crestmont

The leadership changes on the board appear to be unusual, as Obermeyer held the post for six years and said his predecessor had held the post for decades.

Obermeyer objected to the move and said McLary had spoken to everyone on the board – except her – about her intention to run for the leadership position.

“It seems sexist to me,” she said.

McLary said his desire to serve as president was not a reflection on Obermeyer’s leadership.

He then also proposed that McDaniel be removed from his post as a board representative on the policy committee of the Bloomington-Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization, on which he had served for many years.

McLary has said he wants to take a different direction, given the recent retirement of Lew May, the longtime BPTC chief executive, noting that new chief executive John Connell is doing things a little differently.

McDaniel pointed out that his service on the DFO committee preceded May’s arrival as CEO and said institutional knowledge can be important.

Following:Monroe County Council rejects County Commissioners’ request for larger increase

Hartman suggested that McDaniel could still attend policy committee meetings as a member of the public.

“It’s pretty lame, Marilyn,” McDaniel said.

The board removed McDaniel from the MPO committee and replaced him with Horn in the same 3-2 vote with which he ousted Obermeyer as chairman.

At the end of the meeting, McDaniel said he was “very disappointed” with the board atmosphere on Tuesday night and said it was very different from the board’s past, in which he generally worked cooperatively and without serious disagreements.

One of the best things a board can do, he said, is pick a good CEO and stay out of the way.

“I am afraid this is not the case,” he said.

“Jim has mentioned at least three times that he is not a micromanager. I don’t agree with that, ”McDaniel said. “I think he is a lot.”

“I am very concerned about the new direction we have chosen,” he said.

Hartman and McLary also praised Connell for his leadership and for providing them with timely information.

“And I want to thank Nancy,” McLary said, “for all the effort, time and energy she put into it. I appreciate that.”

Obermeyer and McDaniel were appointed to council by Bloomington City Council, all Democrats. Hartman and McLary were appointed by Mayor John Hamilton, also a Democrat.

Horn’s seat is normally a board nomination, but, according to a previous story from HT, the board left the post vacant for more than 90 days, which transferred the nominating power to the county chairman of the member’s political party. of the outgoing board. This allowed William Ellis, then chairman of the Monroe County Republican Party, to fill the vacant position by appointing Horn in November 2020.

State law requires that the board of directors have divided political representation.

Boris Ladwig is the municipal government reporter for the Herald-Times. Contact him at bladwig@heraldt.com.


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AECOM Marks the First Use of the Revolutionary PlanEngageTM Platform for a Transportation Customer in the United States | News https://commuter-connection.org/aecom-marks-the-first-use-of-the-revolutionary-planengagetm-platform-for-a-transportation-customer-in-the-united-states-news/ Thu, 16 Dec 2021 11:55:53 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/aecom-marks-the-first-use-of-the-revolutionary-planengagetm-platform-for-a-transportation-customer-in-the-united-states-news/ DALLAS – (BUSINESS WIRE) – December 16, 2021– AECOM (NYSE: ACM), the world’s trusted infrastructure consultancy, today announced that it has successfully deployed its PlanEngageTM platform for an interstate highway project, marking the first use of the technology on a transportation project in the United States. An AECOM digital product, PlanEngage is an interactive online […]]]>


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AECOM (NYSE: ACM), the world’s trusted infrastructure consultancy, today announced that it has successfully deployed its PlanEngageTM platform for an interstate highway project, marking the first use of the technology on a transportation project in the United States. An AECOM digital product, PlanEngage is an interactive online platform that enhances communication and engagement by presenting highly technical information in an easily accessible and simple to use format.

AECOM used its digital software solution to create a final interactive Level 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Interstate 11 Corridor Project (ADOT). After five years of studies, technical analyzes and contributions from communities and stakeholders, the publication of the final Level 1 EIA is an important milestone for the proposed corridor. As part of the interactive format, project components are illustrated graphically, allowing readers to zoom in and out on maps and click on layers of information.

“We are extremely proud to have deployed this revolutionary platform for the EIS I-11, a vital step in realizing the high-capacity transportation corridor that would diversify, support and connect important metropolitan areas and improve the travel efficiency, ”said Jennifer Aument. , CEO of AECOM’s global transportation operations. “While approval documents, such as an EIS, have traditionally been limited to paper or pdf formats which can be complex, large and difficult to navigate, our PlanEngage platform allows anyone to intuitively locate relevant information. “

PlanEngage is designed to streamline the classic paper-based planning process by allowing teams to create, edit, and publish project information in one interactive platform. This includes photos, visualizations, sound demos, videos, project dashboards, models, and stories. Additionally, PlanEngage incorporates comment and report capture, which supports consistent communication, improved collaboration, regulatory compliance, improved accessibility, and social licensing.

“The interactive EIS was a first for ADOT and the State of Arizona, and it was a huge accomplishment for the I-11 study team,” said Steven Olmsted, ADOT Program Delivery Manager . “It allowed ADOT and the FHWA to explore an alternative method. for virtual public participation, while providing tools such as shapefiles and map layers to help the public and agencies fully understand the final Level 1 environmental impact assessment document. The interactive EIA and the number of views it received clearly demonstrated its value for ADOT and the need to implement this type of interactive tool for further studies.

Using PlanEngage, AECOM completed the first-ever National Environmental Policy Act-compliant digital EIS in the United States on a project with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Treasury Department. Originally born out of the need to improve the traditional environmental impact approval process, PlanEngage has now expanded for use throughout the project lifecycle in a wide range of project types.

“PlanEngage provides greater accessibility and transparency for project stakeholders to engage in the planning process,” said Todd Battley, AECOM Director of Strategy. “This gives stakeholders many opportunities to understand the project, its impacts and its potential before it materializes, but also throughout its lifecycle, facilitating deeper engagement. We are proud to continue to lead the industry during this unprecedented period of digital transformation, helping our clients reach a wider audience on complex projects.

Digital AECOM brings together the company’s digitally-focused global consulting services, hosted service products to help clients accelerate their digital journeys and achieve better project results, and digital tools to improve its service delivery. basic engineering and design. The branded offering leverages the strengths of the firm’s more than 2,000 integrated digital practitioners around the world and AECOM’s proven technology to connect data, projects and communities. Digital AECOM is a key element of the company’s strategy Lasting legacy strategy and shows customers that progress is possible for a better world.

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QuickBus Tackles Intercity Transport Problems With Launch In Nigeria https://commuter-connection.org/quickbus-tackles-intercity-transport-problems-with-launch-in-nigeria/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 03:10:28 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/quickbus-tackles-intercity-transport-problems-with-launch-in-nigeria/ Vanessa Obioha Three years after Humphrey Wrey introduced QuickBus, an online ticketing system to the continent, the entrepreneur is set to launch the platform in Nigeria. The startup has a presence in Kenya, Angola, South Africa and Uganda, and is now the most popular bus booking site in Africa. “Nigeria is a critical place, especially […]]]>


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Three years after Humphrey Wrey introduced QuickBus, an online ticketing system to the continent, the entrepreneur is set to launch the platform in Nigeria. The startup has a presence in Kenya, Angola, South Africa and Uganda, and is now the most popular bus booking site in Africa.

“Nigeria is a critical place, especially for this type of business. Most of the intra-urban road transport in Africa is done in Nigeria, and this is because Nigeria is the most populous African country in the world, the trade potential is enormous and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. problem Africa is facing that does not involve Nigeria, ”Wrey said of his decision to go into Nigeria.

QuickBus, he added, offers various solutions, vital on a continent where the majority of the population travels by road.
Commenting, Olumide Akinsola, vice president of the company’s Growth and Marketing group, said, “Our goal is to enable Africans to travel from city to city by road in a stress-free, efficient and enjoyable manner. This cannot happen without transport operators moving from their current informal setup to a point where they evolve with smart business solutions. It’s not just a promise; it is the new reality for our customers in Kenya, Angola, Uganda, Zambia and at our other locations.


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Company plans to reduce road transport hassle with technology https://commuter-connection.org/company-plans-to-reduce-road-transport-hassle-with-technology/ Tue, 16 Nov 2021 23:03:21 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/company-plans-to-reduce-road-transport-hassle-with-technology/ Posted November 17, 2021 A tech startup, Quickbus, has revealed plans to make road transport easier for Nigerians using the technology. A statement from the company said digitization provides a real way to resolve the stressful process of traveling across the country. The statement read in part: “Nigeria’s busiest airport recorded just 4.25 million domestic […]]]>


A tech startup, Quickbus, has revealed plans to make road transport easier for Nigerians using the technology.

A statement from the company said digitization provides a real way to resolve the stressful process of traveling across the country.

The statement read in part: “Nigeria’s busiest airport recorded just 4.25 million domestic travelers in 2018, less than five percent of the population, underscoring the popularity of road travel. . Despite this, traveling through the Nigerian states by road is primarily a manual process.

“Young men in the car parks of popular cities like Lagos and Aba try to convince passengers to choose one transport company or another, the passengers having to decide on the spot. It’s a stressful process for customers and leaves transportation companies without critical data points to deliver better experiences.

He added, “QuickBus offers interesting fixes to many of these issues. It offers a ticketing service that allows customers to buy tickets, reserve seats online and with options for different operators in the space, so passengers can choose the one that suits them best.

“When you book a trip on QuickBus, you will soon have the added benefit of sharing your trip with your loved ones. That way, they can track your bus in real time as you travel, providing that extra layer of peace of mind that’s hard to put money on.

Group vice president, growth and marketing, QuickBus, Olumide Akinsola, said the company’s goal is to enable Africans to move through cities efficiently and stress-free.

He said: “This cannot happen without transport operators moving from their current informal setup to a point where they evolve with smart business solutions. It’s not just a promise, it’s the new reality for our customers in Kenya, Angola, Uganda, Zambia and at our other locations.

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De Muynck will address shippers as part of the F3 on Transportation Technology Strategies https://commuter-connection.org/de-muynck-will-address-shippers-as-part-of-the-f3-on-transportation-technology-strategies/ Wed, 10 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/de-muynck-will-address-shippers-as-part-of-the-f3-on-transportation-technology-strategies/ Gartner Vice President of Research Bart De Muynck will speak on shipper strategies and roadmaps for transportation technology during a live presentation at FreightWaves. Virtual experience F3 at about 10 a.m. ET Thursday. In addition to Thursday’s live presentation, De Muynck will host two sessions at F3, one focusing on advanced analysis and the other […]]]>


Gartner Vice President of Research Bart De Muynck will speak on shipper strategies and roadmaps for transportation technology during a live presentation at FreightWaves. Virtual experience F3 at about 10 a.m. ET Thursday.

In addition to Thursday’s live presentation, De Muynck will host two sessions at F3, one focusing on advanced analysis and the other on sustainability in transport and logistics. De Muynck has been a 30-year supply chain veteran, starting at Penske Logistics, then Elemica, nearly a decade at PepsiCo as a business architect, followed by seven and a half years at Gartner.

Recent publications by De Muynck at Gartner include “How to Measure, Monitor and Improve Data Quality in Transportation Visibility”, “How to Use Technology to Optimize Your Transportation Purchases”, “Magic Quadrant for Real-Time Transportation Visibility Platforms And “Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems.” De Muynck’s Market Guides and Magic Quadrants for Gartner have become important documents for critically analyzing the space and comparing the strengths and weaknesses of competing technology providers serving the transportation and logistics industry.

“Recent supply chain disruptions have prompted companies to rethink their supply chain strategies,” said De Muynck. “Conventional strategies no longer work in a world facing increasing complexity. As companies place greater emphasis on digital models and technology, they must approach this issue strategically to lay a solid foundation for their future success. I will challenge conventional thinking and present a general approach to craft a strategy for transportation technology that matches your organization and maturity.

De Muynck’s expertise is to advise corporate shippers on how to build a transport technology stack that matches their supply chain capabilities, taking into account geography and mode of transport, but also more advanced requirements such as forecasting, dynamic inventory management and supply chain resilience.

De Muynck’s talk on advanced analytics covers the emerging importance of synthetic data, or data generated by an algorithm used to fill in gaps and fuel high-quality models. Synthetic data has become more important than ever for improving data integrity, especially for applications that ingest data from multiple sources for computation and prediction.

“Synthetic data has been around for years, but it is often seen as a substandard substitute, useful only in certain situations where real data is difficult to obtain, expensive, or limited by regulation,” said De Muynck. “But the reality is, this conventional wisdom completely misses the real potential of synthetic data. Far from being a fake, an afterthought, or a necessity due to privacy regulations, the point is, you won’t be able to create high-quality, high-value AI models without synthetic data. This is why synthetic data is poised to move from a side spectacle to the main force behind the future of AI. “

De Muynck will also talk about sustainability trends in transport and logistics, where measuring and forecasting carbon emissions is the necessary first step in designing network and modal strategies to reduce emissions. The replacement of carbon-intensive transportation assets with net-zero vehicles is also coming, likely in short-haul scenarios like yard hosts and last mile first delivery.

“There has been a steady overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in recent years,” said De Muynck. “However, the transport sector has not followed this general trend and, as a result, its relative contribution to overall GHG emissions has become more important. Transportation is now responsible for about 29% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

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TMC presents in person the 2021 Fall Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition https://commuter-connection.org/tmc-presents-in-person-the-2021-fall-meeting-and-transportation-technology-exhibition/ https://commuter-connection.org/tmc-presents-in-person-the-2021-fall-meeting-and-transportation-technology-exhibition/#respond Mon, 23 Aug 2021 20:03:04 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/tmc-presents-in-person-the-2021-fall-meeting-and-transportation-technology-exhibition/ Leaders from the American Trucking Associations Technology and Maintenance Council said they looked forward to welcoming the industry to the organization’s first in-person meeting since early 2020 in September in Cleveland, during the 2021 fall meeting of TMC and the transport technology fair. “We are very happy to welcome one of the industry’s first and […]]]>


Leaders from the American Trucking Associations Technology and Maintenance Council said they looked forward to welcoming the industry to the organization’s first in-person meeting since early 2020 in September in Cleveland, during the 2021 fall meeting of TMC and the transport technology fair.

“We are very happy to welcome one of the industry’s first and largest in-person gatherings in Cleveland in just a few weeks. Building on the safe and successful ATA in-person management session held in May, our members are excited to come together and we look forward to welcoming them as well, but with a focus on health and the safety of our members, ”ATA said. President and CEO Chris Spear. “The TMC Fall Meeting has already seen a significant number of registrations, reflecting our members’ desire to return to the meeting and their belief in our commitment to their well-being. We can’t wait to see them in Cleveland in September.

The event, whose theme is “Mastering the New Realities of Maintenance Management”, will feature TMC’s usual roster of educational sessions, focusing on vehicle electrification, future vehicle design and vehicle technologies. communication, as well as other topics such as advanced driver assistance systems, electromechanical braking systems, vehicle specifications for 2022 and beyond and much more. Registration has been high for the four-day event and hotel room availability is limited; However, TMC is working to meet the high demand for accommodation from participants, the association noted.

TMC’s Fall 2021 meeting also marks the return of the National Technician Skills Competition – TMCSuperTech. As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Council to halt competition in 2020, TMC’s Professional Technician Development Committee is welcoming technicians to compete in Cleveland. Due to social remoteness and space limitations, TMCSuperTech 2021 will consist of a one-day, one-track competition comprising a written test and 11 skill stations, organized in a table format similar to that of the day 1 of recent TMCSuperTech competitions. . TMCSuperTech 2021 will showcase the high level of skill and knowledge demonstrated every day by technicians in the trucking industry. And it’s the only industry-wide trucking competition dedicated to both honoring the professionalism of technicians.

“There has been a great pent-up demand among Board members to meet in person and we are delighted with the response to our fall 2021 meeting schedule,” said TMC General President and Treasurer Stacy Earnhardt, Vice -President of asset management and specialized services. , Best Logistics Group. “We’re all very excited to come together in Cleveland to discuss the pressing technical issues of the day and see the latest in truck technology. “


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Walmart’s Big Push in Autonomous Transportation Technology https://commuter-connection.org/walmarts-big-push-in-autonomous-transportation-technology/ https://commuter-connection.org/walmarts-big-push-in-autonomous-transportation-technology/#respond Sat, 21 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/walmarts-big-push-in-autonomous-transportation-technology/ Correspondent Dale Buss spoke to Tom Ward, 36, senior vice president of Walmart, last mile, about the company’s AV strategy. Here are edited excerpts. Q: Walmart has been a pioneer in retail distribution and logistics, and this has created huge competitive advantages for the company for decades. Are you approaching autonomous delivery in the same […]]]>


Correspondent Dale Buss spoke to Tom Ward, 36, senior vice president of Walmart, last mile, about the company’s AV strategy. Here are edited excerpts.

Q: Walmart has been a pioneer in retail distribution and logistics, and this has created huge competitive advantages for the company for decades. Are you approaching autonomous delivery in the same strategic way?

A: Yes, I think so. We’re primarily focused on emerging technologies, on what’s going on in the space that fundamentally allows you to serve the customer better. To think about what busy families need and connect with our overall mission. It’s all about speed, convenience, and of course, value for money.

Brick-and-mortar stores can be a big advantage and a drag in some respects. How important is autonomous delivery in your ongoing battle with Amazon and other e-merchants?

Ninety percent of America is within 10 miles of a Walmart. It was super important as a physical and marketable location. But more and more, the store has evolved into a true digital and omnichannel asset. The store then becomes a purchasing center for customers for pickup and delivery along with a change report and opportunity to [try] distribution technologies for the store and the customer.

For example, we have partnered with several drone companies, all of them different, which allows us to truly use the store and the asset as an advanced deployment base to use new technologies and connect them to customer needs.


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Garcetti announces test zone for transportation technology https://commuter-connection.org/garcetti-announces-test-zone-for-transportation-technology/ https://commuter-connection.org/garcetti-announces-test-zone-for-transportation-technology/#respond Tue, 17 Nov 2020 08:00:00 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/garcetti-announces-test-zone-for-transportation-technology/ LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced the creation of the first transportation technology innovation zone in Los Angeles, an area where innovators can test their transit solutions. Located in the Canoga Park and Woodland Hills areas of the western San Fernando Valley, the area is the result of a partnership between […]]]>


LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced the creation of the first transportation technology innovation zone in Los Angeles, an area where innovators can test their transit solutions.

Located in the Canoga Park and Woodland Hills areas of the western San Fernando Valley, the area is the result of a partnership between Garcetti and City Councilor Bob Blumenfield to transform the Warner Center into hubs of innovation. in terms of workforce mobility and development.


What would you like to know

  • Mayor Garcetti announced the first transportation technology innovation zone in Los Angeles
  • The zone will bring together businesses, workers and inventors and serve as a model for more zones that could be brought online across LA
  • The area is one of the flagship programs of Urban Movement Labs, the accelerator of transport solutions initiated by Garcetti
  • The second pilot project should be launched in the spring, with mini mobility hubs

“Transportation and technology each have the ability to connect communities, create jobs and contribute to progress in sustainability, equity and economic growth, and Los Angeles is proud to serve as a testing ground for dynamic and innovative mobility solutions, ”said Garcetti.

The zone will bring together local businesses, workers and inventors and serve as a model for more zones that could be brought online in Los Angeles, the mayor said.

“There is no place in LA as perfect as the Warner Center to test innovative transportation technology,” said Blumenfield. “Since we rolled out the Warner Center 2035 Specific Plan, the city’s most daring and environmentally friendly specific plan, the Warner Center has become the center of intense residential and commercial development. “

The area is one of the flagship programs of Urban Movement Labs, the transport solutions accelerator initiated by Garcetti in November 2019.

Through his Idea Accelerator initiative, Garcetti said UML officials met with community members, business owners and innovators at the Warner Center last winter to design and select the first Zone Pilot: A zero-emission, last-mile delivery service that connects people confined to their homes by the COVID-19 pandemic to food from local businesses.

The second pilot project is expected to launch in the spring, with mini mobility centers across the Warner Center campus.


“LA is at the forefront of the mobility revolution in our country and around the world,” said Lilly Shoup, interim executive director of UML.

On the occasion of its first anniversary, UML became an independent, non-profit organization. The mayor’s office, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Global Airports will continue to serve as strategic advisers and key partners for UML, Garcetti said.

MoceanLab, Tortoise and Automotus have joined private sector founding partners Avis Budget Group, Lyft, Waymo, Verizon and LA Cleantech Incubator to help as well.

UML’s newly appointed board of directors includes industry experts in mobility innovation, such as Ashley Hand, co-founder of Cityfi; Justine Johnson, mobility strategist at Ford Smart Mobility; Veronica Siranosian, Vice President of AECOM Ventures; Francis Pollara, Director of Strategy and Development at UML; and Julia Thayne, Associate Director of Mobility Innovation in the Garcetti office.

For more information on Urban Movement Labs, visit www.urbanmovementlabs.com.


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Transportation technology is changing the future of travel – now. Powered by Northrop Grumman https://commuter-connection.org/transportation-technology-is-changing-the-future-of-travel-now-powered-by-northrop-grumman/ https://commuter-connection.org/transportation-technology-is-changing-the-future-of-travel-now-powered-by-northrop-grumman/#respond Fri, 06 Jul 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/transportation-technology-is-changing-the-future-of-travel-now-powered-by-northrop-grumman/ Future transportation could include high-speed trains, supersonic air travel, or even flying cars, but Gulu Gambhir, vice president, CTO of Northrop Grumman Technological services, thinks the biggest change is already underway: vehicle automation. Autonomous cars, or autonomous vehicles, are essentially robots that carry passengers. They are revolutionizing commuting – a big part of life as […]]]>


Future transportation could include high-speed trains, supersonic air travel, or even flying cars, but Gulu Gambhir, vice president, CTO of Northrop Grumman Technological services, thinks the biggest change is already underway: vehicle automation.

Autonomous cars, or autonomous vehicles, are essentially robots that carry passengers. They are revolutionizing commuting – a big part of life as a professional.

Transportation technology Needs an upgrade

As transportation technology continues to advance, cities could upgrade transit systems to modern versions that rely on electric vehicles, integrate ridesharing services like Uber, or even a combination of metro systems, autonomous vehicles and smart infrastructure.

Harvard business review estimates that by adopting innovative mobility technology by 2030, densely populated cities in developing economies could save $ 600 million per year, and advanced cities could save $ 2.5 billion per year.

With these compelling numbers, it looks like we are on the verge of a revolution in transportation technology. Ridesharing apps have already disrupted rental cars and the taxi industry. “For the first time, more people use Uber in New York than the city’s legendary yellow cab,” reported The New York Times.

Automation is inevitable

The new cars come with automated features like autopilot for highway driving, and several fully automated cars – no driver needed – are tested in the United States and around the world. Maybe in the near future, we won’t have to choose between investing in an expensive car and battling traffic, or being limited to the schedule of a crowded train to get to work every day. Instead, a whole new model of transportation could emerge.

We usually use our cars to get to work and then they sit idly by in a parking space all day. “For most of us, the duty cycle that our cars use is quite modest, less than 10 percent of the time on an annual basis,” Gambhir said.

Integration of systems thinking and transport

Gambhir envisions future models of transport where you can call up a personalized and reliable on-demand car. If you don’t need a driver, he says, you don’t even need a seat for the driver. Instead of a limousine with a passenger compartment in the back, a car could have a handful of individual compartments for riders. It would be similar to taking a bus, but in a more comfortable and personalized way.

“The vehicle could pick you up from your home and you could walk into a compartment that is all yours and have that personalized, almost limousine-like experience,” he said. The car can stop and pick up other passengers along the way, but the automated routes would still save time overall and you would spend your commute in comfort.

At Northrop Grumman, Gambhir’s team focuses on systems thinking, which means thinking not only about the initial implications of a system or process change, but also about second and third order changes that will follow.

Applying systems thinking to future transportation, he asked himself, “What are the implications for vehicle design in this model where you don’t have a driver and you don’t even want to own the asset but you still want to what kind of personalized experience? “

He suggested that in the future, instead of owning cars, people could have their own passenger compartments that a vehicle could pick up and transport to the destination. This change would have widespread effects.

Will the roads be safer?

According to the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 94% of serious crashes are due to human error, and about 35,092 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2015. If self-driving cars can eliminate human error, they could save tens of thousands of lives each. year.

“If algorithms are better than people and don’t make these human errors, and in general they do less, what are the implications? Gambhir reflects. “Auto insurance as we know it today is set to change fundamentally. With fewer accidents there could be fewer body shops in the future, ”he added.

Many familiar features of the current infrastructure could become obsolete.

Road to the future

In a future where commuters will subscribe to auto services instead of owning cars, we will not need as many parking garages or street parking spaces, and this space could be used at d ‘other purposes. Streetlights, for example, would be unnecessary and replaced by sensors.

“In the future, if we are really talking about an autonomous system, a car will not need to read a traffic sign or a speed limit sign… If it has a good up-to-date database of routes, he will know how to get from point A to point B optimally and safely, ”said Gambhir.

Adept at systems thinking? Interested in contributing to autonomous transport? Northrop Grumman is an innovator in these areas, and we are looking for the right people to join our team.


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