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
Atlanta's Midtown Alliance (Midtown's community improvement district) recently released an RFP for a "complete streets" project on 5th Street. Most of the enhancements outlined in the project are cosmetic, though there are a couple blocks where new bike lanes will be installed. I'd like to see a grander vision for the project, where Atlanta capitalizes on… Continue reading A Shared-Use Mobility Hub for Atlanta?
For the past couple of years, I've considered appropriate parallels to the rollout of automated vehicles (AVs), so I can better frame how the technology may evolve and scale. Of course no analogue will be perfect, but qualitative comparisons can balance a strictly data-driven measure of economic factors. I've seen several different technologies proffered, with… Continue reading Do past innovations offer the roadmap to our driverless future?
Hello there! My name is Nathaniel Horadam, and I'm wrapping up my final semester in Georgia Tech's City and Regional Planning Master's program. For the past year and a half, I've studied transportation planning to better understand how municipalities can leverage automated vehicle (AV) technologies to best serve their citizens, and how developers and operators… Continue reading Welcome to Machine Visions