ITS Monday: Edition 16, 2020
This week’s small collection of curated content from the worlds of intelligent transport systems, smart mobility, and associated areas.
Stories on: active transport, avoiding congestion post-pandemic, troubles with public transport, robot delivery vehicles, and the ROI of autonomous trucks.
And again, please take a look at our new Linkedin group, COVID-19 & Transport: Responses to the crisis.
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‘… experts say going back to the “normal” gridlock on Melbourne’s transport network is not only unappealing — it’s unnecessary.’ Opinions here from Marion Terrill of The Grattan Institute, Jonathan Spear of Infrastructure Victoria, and Tony Morton, Public Transport Users Association president.READ THE ARTICLE
An overview of the results of the recent Transport Opinion Survey, run by the University of Sydney’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies.
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‘The NSW Government already has a plan to deliver a cycle network for Greater Sydney. Unluckily, the current rollout will take 36 years. The Committee for Sydney believes this program should be accelerated as a key piece of post-COVID-19 economic stimulus and delivered in 3 years.’READ THE ARTICLE
Again here is the theme of the pandemic forcing change that may well have happened anyway, but just as in the Sydney proposal above, in a longer timeframe. ‘Paris is the latest global city to roll out emergency bike lanes for the use of key workers and others during the lockdown. 650 kilometers of cycleways—including a number of pop-up “corona cycleways”—will be readied for May 11 when lockdown is eased in France.’READ THE ARTICLE
A ‘story map’ providing examples of pop-up infrastructure projects in Berlin and other cities from around the world that are ad-hoc measures for (re-)distributing space in favour of active modes of transport, such as cycling and walking, while ensuring the required physical distancing can be kept.READ THE ARTICLE
There are conversations about this issue happening across the world right now. Public transport is obviously suffering in term of patronage, and cost to run, because of the lockdown. Contracts and timetables are being discussed, plus the questions of how long can public transport keep running as it is in a lockdown, and just what will patronage be like post-pandemic?READ THE ARTICLE
‘Milan is to introduce one of Europe’s most ambitious schemes reallocating street space from cars to cycling and walking, in response to the coronavirus crisis.’
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Starship Technologies has deployed a fleet of 20 autonomous “on-demand robots” Friday in Fairfax, Virginia, delivering food and groceries from a handful of restaurants and markets in and around the small city’s downtown area.
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An article from the founder and CEO of the recently-shuttered Starsky Robotics.
‘True autonomy is worth almost nothing when it comes to trucks. For robot-driven unmanned trucks, or robotrucks, the magnitudinal improvement actually comes from solving the driver shortage the efficiencies fleets can focus on once they’re no longer preoccupied with the hiring and retention of drivers. Per dollar invested, making a robotruck truly drive itself has the least ROI of all of those improvements, which is fortunate because it’s also the least likely to happen.’READ THE ARTICLE