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With Mobile App Rewards for Cycling and Walking, Would You Continue to Drive?
Modern technology has revolutionized the way people interact with urban mobility and their cities. People’s movements have become inextricably linked with technology, in particular their smartphones. Today’s technology can call a car service, track your movement, alert you when the ...
Technology-enabled taxis are helping fill a mobility service vacuum in Indian cities. Photo by Chrisbirds.com/Flickr.
The rise of technology-enabled taxis in Indian cities: A Q&A with OLA’s Arvind Singhatiya
New mobile technologies are helping transform mobility services in cities worldwide, including across India. EMBARQ India interviewed Arvind Singhatiya, Vice President for Corporate Affairs at OLA (formerly OLA Cabs), to better understand how mobile technologies are helping to meet growing ...
Do you ever wish bus routes better fit where you actually want to go? New startups are changing the way routes are designed, and they could be launching a revolution in ‘smart’ bus transport. Photo by Ken Power/Flickr.
Friday Fun: The bus that goes where you go
Startups like Uber are revolutionizing personal transport in cities worldwide, providing on-demand services at a relatively low price. Can the same thing be done for bus transport? Imagine requesting a bus from your phone, and having it drop you off ...
With the right government leadership, the new normal for sustainable transport in Chinese cities will include more transit-oriented development, shared mobility services, and transport innovations from the private sector. Photo by Taro Taylor/Flickr.
A “new normal” for sustainable transport in Chinese cities
As cities worldwide innovate to improve mobility, Chinese cities lag behind in adopting emerging sustainable transport solutions. Still, a number of concepts are set to become crucial to the future of urban transport in China. Transit-oriented development (TOD), innovative transit ...
Wi-Fi is becoming increasingly prevalent on transport systems, and could help shift users away from private vehicle use and towards mass transport. Photo by Jens Schott Knudsen/Flickr.
How providing Wi-Fi can increase mass transit ridership
The global rise of smartphone usage has a number of implications for mass transit. It enables ridesharing – a service quickly emerging in cities worldwide. It can improve predictability of transport services through real-time tracking and crowdsourcing apps. It can ...
Traffic congestion presents a number of urgent problems in Nairobi, but smartphones and other technologies have the potential to greatly improve transport services and provide a range of benefits for city residents. Photo by Olli Pitkänen/Flickr.
Using smartphones to improve Nairobi’s informal transport sector
Many cities in sub-Saharan Africa are choking on their traffic, both literally in terms of air pollution and figuratively in terms of congestion. Nairobi, Kenya is no exception. However, new technologies, in particular new uses of smartphones, are helping to ...
As companies such as Uber expand, ridesharing may become an important means of sustainable transport in India and in lower- and middle-income cities worldwide. Photo by Chris JL/Flickr.
Opinion: Ridesharing could revolutionize urban transport in India
Ridesharing has been gaining popularity in the United States and Europe, with companies like Uber, Lyft, BlaBlaCar, and Wundercar facilitating hundreds of thousands of rides a month. This has presented a new, convenient, and affordable alternative means of transport in ...
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Is crowdsourcing the next revolution in urban accessibility?
Urban residents worldwide encounter a myriad of accessibility challenges every day, many of which pose particular challenges to individuals with disabilities. In an effort to identify these daily challenges, a partnership between the Association for Assistance to Disabled Children (AACD) and IBM recently ...
Ola! Book a Cab with a Smartphone App
Ola! Book a Cab with a Smartphone App
This blog post is a part of the catalyzing new mobility program and receives support from The Rockefeller Foundation. The latest development in radio cab services in India is a recently launched free downloadable smartphone app by Ola Cabs. The ...
TheCityFix Picks, February 24: A New BRT in Chicago, Satellite Cities in China, Road Signs in Turkey
TheCityFix Picks, February 24: A New BRT in Chicago, Satellite Cities in China, Road Signs in Turkey
Welcome back to TheCityFix Picks, our series highlighting the newsy and noteworthy of the past week. Each Friday, we’ll run down the headlines falling under TheCityFix’s five themes: integrated transport, urban development and accessibility, air quality and climate change, health and ...
Google Wallet Partners with NJ Transit for Easy Ticketing
Google Wallet Partners with NJ Transit for Easy Ticketing
Google Wallet, an app that transforms your phone into your wallet, is partnering with New Jersey Transit to bring the “tap-and-pay” option to customers. “NJ Transit is the first public transportation agency to partner with Google Wallet,” NJ.com explains, “allowing ...
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Transit, Crowdsourcing and Universal Design
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University released a new smartphone application that will help transit users create a database of real-time information of their local transit agencies. Cities and transit agencies around the world are making riding easier for their customers by ...
TheCityFix Picks, June 24: German Sustainability, Charging Polluters, Traffic Crash Transparency
TheCityFix Picks, June 24: German Sustainability, Charging Polluters, Traffic Crash Transparency
Welcome back to TheCityFix Picks, our series highlighting the newsy and noteworthy of the past week. Each Friday, we’ll run down the headlines falling under TheCityFix’s five themes: integrated transport, urban development and accessibility, air quality and climate change, health and ...
Digital Displays for Transit: Can More Information Mean More Riders?
Digital Displays for Transit: Can More Information Mean More Riders?
In the American capital, pedestrians and transit riders will soon be enjoying a veritable buffet of information about their transit options, available on digital displays across the city. District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Gabe Klein unveiled on Monday a ...
The Future of Sustainable Urban Mobility: Switch to IT Networks
The Future of Sustainable Urban Mobility: Switch to IT Networks
This post is part of a series analyzing the solutions highlighted in the report and toolkit, “Megacities on the Move.” The report, written by Forum for the Future in partnership with FIA Foundation, Vodafone, and EMBARQ, offers six sustainable mobility ...
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