This opinion piece in the NYT was followed up with a rebuttal written later this week titled Giving up owning a car? An urban fantasy. In my opinion, both deserve a read and debate - combined they depict the polarization of the urban experience and the dissonance which exists between urban dwellers about the potential for a city, a road and our personal perceptions to change.
A really fascinating read about how Google Maps changed the name of a neighbourhood in Buffalo, NY from “Fruit Belt” to “Medical Park”. And the fight the neighbourhood had to put forward to reclaim their home from from the urban data industrial machine.
“Lott learned that the issue had been festering for years, and she wanted answers. The 2,300 residents in the Fruit Belt didn’t refer to the community as “Medical Park,” but Google Maps had done so since the late 2000s. Community members argued the designation was a calculated tweak in favor of gentrification, a digital rechristening that would be used to sell houses, market Airbnbs, and wrest the neighborhood’s future from the people who had made a home there for generations.”
A review of how Portland and NYC are tackling the feat of bringing congestion pricing to city streets. Including how they can design a system that supports, and avoids strain, on low-income populations. You can also see this recap on congestion pricing in NYC as well as London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (coming into place April 8th).
China’s electric bus fleet seems to be having an impact on the country’s demand for oil – in a good way. According to a new report, by the end of this year “a cumulative 270,000 barrels a day of diesel demand will have been displaced by electric buses, most of it in China”.
Uber’s acquisition of Careem means that the company will have a greater share of Saudi Arabian shareholders. Bloomberg reflects on how the impact of Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi last year has impacted regional investment and foreign relationships.
Ride Pass, Uber’s monthly subscription service, allows customers to pay a monthly fee of $14.99 for discounted rates for all UberX, Uber Pool, Express Pool rides, and electric bike and scooter trips. The service welcomes 16 new cities.
Drive.ai is removing its self-driving shuttles a bit earlier than expected from Frisco, Texas. While the contract was meant to end in April anyways, the city chose not to renew the contract citing high costs. Drive.ai will refocus their energy on other projects in Arlington.
Research from LSE’s US Centre looks at how large states with relatively low populations, like Nebraska, move people without access to a car. The piece looks at the dynamic between car ownership and public transport usage, and how mobility management can target those with limited access to mobility.
Researchers from USC and ASU have built a new mathematical method able to identify anomalies or bugs in the self-driving system before the car hits the road. The method allows researchers to test the system’s perception algorithms, which allow the car to “understand” what it “sees.”
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center has released the latest version of its quarterly report. This report is designed to keep interested organizations up to date on the prices of alternative and conventional fuels in the United States.
Okay maybe file this one under Miscellaneous. Nissan Motor Co. paid tuition for all four of ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn’s children when they attended Stanford University between 2004 and 2015, according to people familiar with the matter. Yup.
This weekly newsletter on AVs and Urbanism is curated weekly by Sarah Barnes, a transport nerd based in London, UK.
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