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.

Transportation tech isn’t easy

Transportation tech isn’t easy

But a system that communicates is absolutely critical

AS THE LEADER of a transportation agency, there is no shortage of people ready to tell me how technology is going to revolutionize the way we do business. From autonomous vehicles to on-demand sensors to drone-based package delivery to solar-powered roads and road-straddling super-buses (that one turned out to a bust), it’s a veritable cornucopia(...)

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One payment system is needed for all transportation

One payment system is needed for all transportation

Passengers would benefit, and so would service providers

ONE OF THE IRONIES of the advancements in mobility over the last decade has been the driving force of competition involved – and perhaps no development has affected the recent landscape more than the rise of ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. These and other companies, driven by the cutthroat battle for customer bases in(...)

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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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