Mobility initiatives and innovations
The city of Olympia, Washington, in April launched new parking management software and technology to make it easier for citizens to pay for parking permits and apply for them. The city also is phasing in a Pay-by-Phone system that will allow payment by smart phone at city parking meters and notify users when the meter is about to expire so they can add time remotely.
The city of Dallas, Texas, is exploring ways to integrate smart technologies into street rehabilitation projects. It’s too early in the planning process to say specifically what the program would entail, but likely candidates include smart-powered lanes which would provide in-road charging for electric vehicles. Other options include traffic controls that regulate traffic lights according to traffic flow and LED street lights equipped with multiple sensors.
Highly and fully automated driving is another set of technologies expected to change the future of urban mobility—and testing the vehicles is becoming more sophisticated.
Council Global Lead Partner Continental in April expanded its automated test car program on autobahns in Lower Saxony. The real-world testing is focused on the safety and performance of the highly-automated and autonomous vehicles as they negotiate real-world driving and cope with cross-traffic, bicycles, pedestrians and varying road conditions.
Doug Peeples is a Portland, Oregon-based writer specializing in technology and energy. Follow @smartccouncil on Twitter.