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Google didn’t lead the self-driving vehicle revolution. John Deere did.

Google didn’t lead the self-driving vehicle revolution. John Deere did. | Urban Public Transportation of tomorrow | Scoop.it
“The future is already here on the farm.”
Via Richard Platt
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True enough, and it's been there for several years.
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Richard Platt's curator insight, June 28, 2015 3:32 PM

"We kind of laugh when we see news stories about self-driving cars, because we've had that for years," Jason Poole, a 34-year-old crop consultant from Kansas said.  The advancements being rolled out on the farm could soon show up next door: Your neighbor can already replace his lawn mower with the John Deere equivalent of a Roomba robotic vacuum for his yard.  -  The self-driving technology being sold by John Deere and some of its competitors are less technically complex than the fully driverless cars that big tech companies and car manufacturers are working on. And for now, the tractors are still supposed to have a driver behind the wheel - even if they never touch it.  -  They've already started to transform farming in America and abroad: John Deere is selling auto-steering and other self-guidance tech in more than 100 countries, said Cory Reed, VP of the John Deere's Intelligent Solutions Group.  -  "John Deere is the largest operator of autonomous vehicles," said Catherine J.K. Sandoval, a California public utilities commissioner at a recent event hosted by the FTC.

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Tesla adds ‘Ludicrous Mode’ for drivers with need for speed - upgrade cost $5,000

Tesla adds ‘Ludicrous Mode’ for drivers with need for speed - upgrade cost $5,000 | Urban Public Transportation of tomorrow | Scoop.it
“CEO Elon Musk said the option will allow the Model S to go from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds,”
Via Richard Platt
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Do we really need that?
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Richard Platt's curator insight, July 18, 2015 12:17 AM

The Ludicrous Mode version goes from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, CEO Elon Musk said the Model S battery can be upgraded to a 90 kilowatt-hour version from the 85 kWh version for $3,000, a move that provides as much as 15 miles of additional range. A new base model with rear-wheel drive will be available for about $70,000, compared with the $75,000 all-wheel-drive version. 

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Dubai tramway to open on November 11 - International Railway Journal

Dubai tramway to open on November 11 - International Railway Journal | Urban Public Transportation of tomorrow | Scoop.it
Dubai tramway to open on November 11 International Railway Journal WITH testing now well underway, Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that Dubai's inaugural light rail line, the Al Sufouh Tramway, will open to passengers on...
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Electric, wireless and driverless capable.

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Tesla Model S Raffle, Volt vs Prius … (EV News) - CleanTechnica

Tesla Model S Raffle, Volt vs Prius … (EV News) - CleanTechnica | Urban Public Transportation of tomorrow | Scoop.it
Tesla Model S Raffle, Volt vs Prius … (EV News)
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(EV Obsession). Pilot project TOSA (Trolleybus Optimisation Système Alimentation) involves electric buses that recharge in 15 seconds. Yes, 15 seconds.
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Among these articles, pay particular attention to the 

TOSA Electric Bus

The bus uses an overhead  partial recharge system at stops

 

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The History of the Roosevelt Island Tramway | 6sqft

The History of the Roosevelt Island Tramway | 6sqft | Urban Public Transportation of tomorrow | Scoop.it
Commuting in New York City, whether for work or pleasure, is rarely an enjoyable experience. However, for some tourists and lucky city dwellers, the Roosevelt Island Tramway provides a delightful, high-flying travel ...
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Here is a mode of transportation that is undervalued. It removes congestions from the streets, it is clean,  cheap to operate and reliable (not to mention driverless). Yet, municipal authorities view it as "quaint" and transit authorities as "novel".  Can we get out of the sand box please ? 

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Next Stop, Innovation: What’s Ahead for Urban Mobility?

Next Stop, Innovation: What’s Ahead for Urban Mobility? | Urban Public Transportation of tomorrow | Scoop.it
Transportation in the 21st century is entering a robust phase that mirrors the early years of the automobile, when gasoline, steam and electric technology vied for market share. Today, urban transit is making a comeback, as is the electric car. Congested highways still face emission concerns, but consumers now often have the choice of light and heavy rail. Car sharing, which began as a European phenomenon, has prospered in U.S. urban centers, along with bicycle sharing, vanpooling and other options. This special report, produced in coordination with Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL), explores how cities are expanding their options for cleaner transportation, and how new technologies, innovations and incentives are revitalizing the sector.
Via Complexity Digest
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In this report, Wharton STATES THAT Public Transportation Crawls when it comes to stepping in 21st Century. The report points out that In contrast to the rapid growth of car sharing., public transportation is evolving more slowly. In the United States (and we know in Canada as well).
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Robotic chauffeurs for the masses: Driverless pods will replace UK town's bus system

Robotic chauffeurs for the masses: Driverless pods will replace UK town's bus system | Urban Public Transportation of tomorrow | Scoop.it
“ Driverless pods are officially going to be one U.K. town's mode of public transportation. Those dirty, noisy buses are headed out to the retirement yard. North of London, a town called Milton Keyne...”
Via Mark Joaquin Ruiz
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One small town with a big vision. Very inspiring.
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Give driverless trains a chance - Toronto Star

Give driverless trains a chance - Toronto Star | Urban Public Transportation of tomorrow | Scoop.it
“ Give driverless trains a chance Toronto Star Re: Driverless trains can move city forward, Feb. 8. Driverless trains can move city forward, Feb. 8.”
Via Catherine Kargas
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Driverless trains exist in at least 30 locations. Do we really need to spend tax dollars on drivers anymore?
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Apple and Google's Next Big Battleground - Artificial Intelligence

Apple and Google's Next Big Battleground - Artificial Intelligence | Urban Public Transportation of tomorrow | Scoop.it
“The war for better artificial intelligence is only just beginning”
Via Richard Platt
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And one of its first manifestation will be... driverless vehicles
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Richard Platt's curator insight, July 6, 2015 6:23 PM

At Google’s I/O event this year, the company announced Now On Tap. It’s a new version of Google Now, which uses context to make your smartphone more useful. The idea here is that if you get a text from a friend asking to meet at a certain place, Now On Tap is smart enough to put that event on your calendar, give you directions to the rendezvous and serve you up a menu. It might even show the best nearby parking areas as well as stores that could be of interest.  -  A few weeks later at WWDC 2015, Apple announced a new version of Siri, giving the company’s digital assistant better contextual AI and search. And in May, Microsoft used its developers’ conference to launch an updated version of Cortana, another AI-based personal assistant that can take questions and put them into context to deliver better answers.- They're just getting started on this whole AI thing.

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Which City Wants To Make Privately-Owned Cars Obsolete?

Which City Wants To Make Privately-Owned Cars Obsolete? | Urban Public Transportation of tomorrow | Scoop.it
Instead of continually improving the efficiency of cars, might it be better to replace them entirely? A few cities encourageresidents to eschew car use for public transit, cycling, or car-sharing services--but now one is trying to eliminate privately-owned cars altogether. Helsinki, Finland, is...

Via massimo facchinetti
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Finland is ahead of the curve.  

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Vintage Toronto - Timeline Photos | Facebook

Vintage Toronto - Timeline Photos | Facebook | Urban Public Transportation of tomorrow | Scoop.it
Shuttle " train" on midway, 1968 (Shuttle " train" on midway' 1968 http://t.co/vZ5h6t0Crr)
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If you scan these pictures, you can visualize when Public Transit made money for private companies as opposed to costing money to all taxpayers.  An improvement ?

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Taking The Bus, Yes The Bus, May Keep You Fit

Taking The Bus, Yes The Bus, May Keep You Fit | Urban Public Transportation of tomorrow | Scoop.it
A British study finds that walking, cycling and yes, even taking public transportation to work are associated with lower body weight and lower body fat composition when compared against those who drive.
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For years, it has been known that New Yorkers (yes, people living in the city of New York) are in better shape than many.  Why not study it again then and .. surprise ... same results !  

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Trolleybuses at The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft

Take a ride on a trolleybus at the tolleybus museum at Sandtoft. Lots of vintage trolley buses, taking visitors on a ride around during their special Gatheri...
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And that is exactly where these buses belong ... in a museum

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Driverless electric shuttle targets busy urban areas

Driverless electric shuttle targets busy urban areas | Urban Public Transportation of tomorrow | Scoop.it
“ Navia is a driverless electric shuttle designed for use in pedestrian-heavy areas such as airport parking lots, shopping malls, business parks and universities.”
Via António Antunes
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The first commercially available driverless public transportation vehicle. The dawn of a new era for urban mobility.
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Paris Metro chiefs back introduction of driverless Tube trains to London

Paris Metro chiefs back introduction of driverless Tube trains to London | Urban Public Transportation of tomorrow | Scoop.it
“ Paris Metro bosses today backed plans to emulate the city’s use of driverless underground trains in London.”
Via Peter Lewis
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Of course Unions are resisting.
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Maréchal Guillaume's curator insight, November 3, 9:33 AM
L'article parle de réintroduire des rames de métro sans conducteur de Londres à Paris. En effet, la première rame de métro sans conducteur en Europe a été ouverte en 1998 (seconde en 2012).

Nous avons les patrons du métro parisien qui souhaitent recourir au système de rame sans conducteur londonien. Il y a des conflits sur le sujet. Le chef de la ligne 1 de la RATP (Philippe Mancone) lui pense que cela n'est pas réellement nécessaire étant donné le flux de voyageurs journaliers, qui est plus dense (5 millions par jour) sur les lignes parisiennes qu'à Londres (750 000 passagers), il dit que cependant ce système est intéressant lors d’événements avec des périodes de pointe conséquentes pour rendre la ligne aux voyageurs plus sécurisée. 

Par ailleurs, les métros de la RATP ont de meilleures performances en matière de freinage, d'accélération en matière d'automatisation. Pour le patron londonien, ce système permet d'augmenter la capacité de la ligne Piccadilly de 60%.