Modernizing Mobility

Modernizing Mobility

The Future of Mobility, a joint project of CommonWealth and Meeting of the Minds, a San Francisco-based organization that seeks to build alliances around urban sustainability.

The world isn’t as flat as we thought

The world isn’t as flat as we thought

Mobility is key to closing economic divide

LONG-TERM TRENDS WILL CHANGE the global economy, putting unique strains on both large cities and outlying areas. PwC has identified five megatrends actively shaping our world: rapid urbanization, technological breakthroughs, shifts in global economic power, demographic and social change, and climate change. These trends combine to create a geographic and economic divide—booming cities that produce(...)

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Preparing for a shrinking Boston

Preparing for a shrinking Boston

Resilience should be goal; resistance is futile

SETTLED BY EUROPEAN COLONISTS in 1630, Boston was founded on the narrow Shawmut Peninsula behind the protective landforms of what are today Stellwagen Bank, Winthrop, Hull, and the 34 Boston Harbor Islands. Our ancestors sited Boston well. In addition to protecting the city from sea-based attacks, Boston Harbor’s natural topography limits extreme storm surges to(...)

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Boston emerging as mobility innovation center

Boston emerging as mobility innovation center

Silicon Valley and Detroit aren’t the only hotspots

IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING that mobility – the movement of people and goods – is an incredibly hot space. Start-ups are cropping up across the entire value chain as significant capital is deployed by incumbent strategic investors, mobility-specific funds like Fontinalis and BMW iVentures, as well as general tech funds looking to get in on the action.(...)

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Zipcar founder Robin Chase on upending the status quo

Zipcar founder Robin Chase on upending the status quo

Freedom no longer means sitting behind the wheel of your own car

This article is part of a series entitled The Future of Mobility, a joint project of CommonWealth and Meeting of the Minds, a San Francisco-based organization that seeks to build alliances around urban sustainability. On June 20, 2017, 120 mobility leaders will convene in Cambridge to discuss the future of mobility in the Boston region. (If you(...)

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Situational awareness key to safe, self-driving cars

Situational awareness key to safe, self-driving cars

Promising technology faces stiff competition for bandwidth

This is another in a series entitled The Future of Mobility, a joint project of CommonWealth and Meeting of the Minds, a San Francisco-based organization that seeks to build alliances around urban sustainability. THREE TECHNOLOGIES INTRODUCED in the first half of the 20th Century have completely transformed the way all Americans live today relative to(...)

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MassDOT looks to trash records

MassDOT looks to trash records

Agency has retained "massive" driver tolling records dating back to 1998

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE IF YOU USED an old Fastlane transponder on the Massachusetts Turnpike 18 years ago, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation likely has a record of that trip. MassDOT on Wednesday sought approval of a new records retention schedule as it plans to convert to all-electronic tolling Oct. 28, and plans to request(...)

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Driverless car revolution is coming

Driverless car revolution is coming

Transition will be tricky, so planning needs to start now

This is the second in a series entitled The Future of Mobility, a joint project of CommonWealth and Meeting of the Minds, a San Francisco-based organization that seeks to build alliances around urban sustainability. THE CONNECTION BETWEEN land use and transportation has been well-established, but it’s about to get even more important. Like a lot of other(...)

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Guiding principles for transportation

Guiding principles for transportation

Leveraging tech for sustainability, equity

This is the first in a series entitled The Future of Mobility, a joint project of CommonWealth and Meeting of the Minds, a San Francisco-based organization that seeks to build alliances around urban sustainability. TODAY’S NEWS IS FILLED with stories about disruptive technology changes and transportation. Driverless cars are being tested in several states, major(...)

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