Transit’s Surprising Advantage is Sitting Right in Your Pocket

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab. Edited for this site.] With public-transit use riding a 58-year high of 10.8 billion trips last year, it only makes sense to ask: why? Technology may be partially responsible for public transit's record ridership, but probably not in the way you think. As smartphones and other electronic devices have skyrocketed in popularity, more …

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Uber’s Plan for Self-Driving Cars Will Make its Taxi Disruption Look Quaint by Comparison

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab. Reprinted by GovTech.] Uber has fundamentally changed the taxi industry. But its biggest disruption may be yet to come. The ride-hailing company has invested in autonomous-vehicle research, and its CEO Travis Kalanick (pictured above) has indicated that consumers can expect a driverless Uber fleet by 2030. Uber expects its service …

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D.C. Entrepreneurs Still Focused on Transportation

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] Washington D.C.-based shared-ride company Split was one of two transportation startups who participated in the Tech.Co Startup Competition last month, showing that Washington remains a prolific incubator of transportation-related startups, and that entrepreneurs believe there are additional transportation problems that need solving. Split, which has been operational since May of …

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How Much Should Uber be Regulated?

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] Sharing-economy companies like Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB continue to disrupt industries as they create services that are incredibly appealing to consumers. Whatever your opinion on these companies, the decision regarding if, and how much, they should be regulated is important. It will help determine the speed of technological innovation …

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Behind the Scenes of a Transportation Tech Start-Up

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to compete with the likes of Google, but that’s what a little start-up named Conveyal is doing. The firm creates digital tools to help transport authorities better communicate the wide array of available mobility options. Its new product is similar in functionality to …

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A Social Media Playbook for Changing Commuting Behaviors

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] Can social media be used to change a person’s commuting behavior or the way we design cities and transportation systems? There’s growing research to show how behaviors are influenced by networks, and specifically how social media can cause behavior changes that benefit society (such as decreasing energy consumption). The same principles, done …

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Technology “Hacks” Solve Real-World Cycling Problems

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] The bicycle was created in the 1800s, but technology is keeping it relevant with “hacks” – or solutions – designed to get more people to use bike helmets, count ridership better, and reduce the obstacles keeping people from biking. These and other innovations were on display at the latest …

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