Lyft talks about how their riders use streets, and how street design and land allocation can be leveraged to make streets safer for everybody. The research concludes that curb space is limited and the city needs more space for drop-off and pick-up zones. Interesting applications for a future without drivers.
Earlier this week in the eastern province of Zhejiang, a female passenger was raped and murdered by her Didi Chuxing driver - and within three days the Chinese government announced it will reform the transportation industry to safeguard passengers.
Chinese authorities say Didi holds ’unshirkable responsibility’ for passenger’s death (link).
GovTech talks about the depth of data which LiDAR can provide, and how it can enhance a call to action for open data. Cities can use this level of data when developing evidence for future infrastructure and policy.
Within the next decade, a government group in Japan wants to make flying taxis a reality. And they’ve brought in some big-wigs to make it happen. If cities think curb space is limited, just wait till we understand how little roof space we’ve got.
Starting in October, Drive.ai will expand their automated shuttle service; their first trial in Frisco, Texas went live a few weeks ago. Drive.ai are focusing on delivering a new form of public transport in the city’s entertainment district.
As the city works towards 2040, they’ve listed ambitious goals to increase active transport participation and designing streets which promote health and wellbeing. They’ve also got their eyes on the future and how AVs will fit into this dynamic. Will be interesting to see how the city marries people-centred policy with forward-thinking innovation.
Using traditional regional transport models, researchers find that AVs are likely to increase vehicle travel and decrease public transport ridership. I’d love for researchers to begin suggesting how they will combat these outcomes.
Mimicking the way that drivers and pedestrians often lock eyes to indicate they’ve seen the pedestrian and are giving them right-of-way, these AVs by Jaguar Landrover are designed to help build pedestrian trust.
(Jane Jacobs is arguably rolling over in her grave because I re-appropriating her famous ’eyes on the street’ concept in this way. Jane, if you can hear me, I apologize.)
Waymo has registered a new legal entity in China, with offices in Shanghai. Named Huimo Business ConsultingCo, the company was registered on May 22 with capital of 3.5 million yuan ($509,165). The company will focus on supply chain, and so far has no interest in trialling AVs. Interesting to see how this will pan out given the prickly relationship China has with Google.
My theory about Waymo spinning fluff pieces every week has yet to be proven wrong. This week we’re learning all about the mechanics and maintenance regime behind the AVs! “People are always the hack that make automated systems work”. Very wholesome.
This weekly newsletter on AVs and Urbanism is curated weekly by Sarah Barnes, a transport nerd based in London, UK.
The newsletter encourages new conversations about AVs, which focus on people, equity, design and the cities we want to (and need to) be building for the future. This newsletter grew out of previous research and is a pet project I lovingly create for fun.