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London transport strategy targets zero emissions by 2050

21 Jun 2017

UK: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan published his first draft transport strategy on June 21. It is open for public consultation until October 2. Noting that the city’s population is set to expand from 8·7 million to ... more

Six start-ups to work with Transport for London on open-data innovation

20 Jun 2017

UK: Six start-ups have been chosen to work with Transport for London under the Nitrous innovation accelerator that aims to reduce congestion, encourage public transport use and promote walking and cycling. Nitrous has been ... more

BART makes crime data publicly available

14 Jun 2017

USA: The police department of San Francisco’s BART has made data for serious crimes at and around its stations publicly available. Fed by data from the police department’s computer-aided dispatch, CrimeMapping.com shows ... more

Trapeze to open public transport research lab

14 Jun 2017

SWITZERLAND: Trapeze has established a subsidiary called AMoTech, which is to open a centre of competence for research into autonomous mobility. The Public Transport Lab in Neuhausen would be used to conduct tests of autonomous ... more

Transport for London has launched TfL TravelBot, an artificial intelligence driven Facebook Messenger chatbot.

Transport for London launches Facebook Messenger chatbot

13 Jun 2017

UK: Transport for London has launched an artificial intelligence driven Facebook Messenger chatbot.    TfL said it deals with a huge number of queries every day through its Facebook pages, and it hopes that the TfL ... more

Dynamic headway technology is to be tested on the København metro.

Variable headways based on real-time passenger numbers to be tested

08 Jun 2017

DENMARK: København metro authority Metroselskabet has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ansaldo STS to develop a proof-of-concept dynamic headway technology for the city’s metro. Sensors at stations would detect ... more

The City of Sacramento and Verizon are entering a public-private partnership to develop smart city technologies.

Sacramento approves smart city partnership

08 Jun 2017

USA: Sacramento City Council voted unanimously on June 6 to approve a public-private partnership with Verizon to develop smart city infrastructure. Verizon expects to invest more than $100m as part of the project. ‘This ... more

Automated mobility-on-demand to be trialled in France

08 Jun 2017

FRANCE: Transdev and Delphi Automotive announced on June 7 that they are to test an automated mobility-on-demand service at two sites in France. One pilot will take place on a fixed route between the Saclay campus in southwest ... more

Porsche to buy PTV Group

07 Jun 2017

GERMANY: PTV Planung Transport Verkehr announced on June 7 that it is being acquired by Porsche Automobil Holding for €300m, subject to regulatory approval. Karlsruhe-based PTV Group supplies software for transport planning, ... more