It's official: Gartner has finally sent automated vehicles into the "Trough of Disillusionment" in 2018's edition of its "Connected Vehicles and Smart Mobility" hype cycle. Of course, the market analysis firm eventually does this with every emerging technology, as marketing finally runs into reality before progressively maturing towards successful commercialization. While AVs had been inching closer… Continue reading Hype Cycle Blues: Has the AV Bubble Burst?
This is the third and final entry in a series of recaps For a recap of the July 10 and July 11 proceedings, see my previous posts here and here. At the final day of the Automated Vehicle Symposium 2018 in San Francisco, we moved well past the tech expo phase of the conference and hard into policy.… Continue reading Dispatches from the Automated Vehicle Symposium 2018 – July 12 and Final Thoughts
For a recap of the July 10 proceedings, see my previous post here. At the second (or third?) day of the Automated Vehicle Symposium 2018 in San Francisco, we had a diverse set of sessions, covering everything from labor force impacts to truck platooning, and from modeled impacts of AV adoption in several cities to… Continue reading Dispatches from the Automated Vehicle Symposium 2018 – July 11
This week, I'm at the 2018 edition of the Automated Vehicle Symposium in San Francisco, and will be providing daily recaps of the proceedings (as I've experienced them). The symposium runs from July 9-12, and while yesterday was technically the second day of the symposium, Day 1 featured only afternoon breakout sessions. Here's a rundown… Continue reading Dispatches from the Automated Vehicle Symposium 2018 – July 10
Following the passage of a 2016 referendum that would raise a projected $2.5-$3.5 billion in new sales tax revenues for the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)*, the agency launched its "More MARTA" program to solicit feedback on dozens of potential projects and evaluate (preliminary) alternatives. The result was this recently released proposed expansion master plan,… Continue reading Automating BRT on Atlanta’s Northside Drive
I recently completed a two-week trip to Japan, most of it as part of an urban design studio for my Georgia Tech master's program. Our studio was tasked with a "Smart Cities" redevelopment plan for a small district in Tokyo on behalf of our client, a Japanese national research institution, and the project gave me… Continue reading Highway Platoons, Aging Populations, and Tokyo 2020: Japan’s Automated Vehicles
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick once called automated vehicle (AV) adoption "existential" for the ridehailing company. Even after his ouster, the firm hasn't changed course on this core position. The reason? An assumption that automated vehicles will produce substantially lower operations costs for TNCs. But this assumption badly needs a reality check. AVs will not significantly reduce… Continue reading A Reality Check on AV Economics