Machine Visions

Welcome to Machine Visions

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

In the wake of COVID-19, transit advocates must go on offense

We're still in the early stages of the US coronavirus pandemic, but rapid changes in daily life have prompted many of us to contemplate the societal changes we've witnessed, and to consider whether these are ephemeral or permanent shifts. Major online retailers are enjoying a bonanza of exploding delivery demand, while local businesses are getting… Continue reading In the wake of COVID-19, transit advocates must go on offense

Midtown isn’t taking transit infrastructure seriously. Here’s how it can

This month marks my sixth year as a Midtown resident, and yet last month’s Midtown Alliance annual meeting was my first since moving to Atlanta. In affirmation of the laudatory comments from every speaker at that event, I’ve witnessed firsthand the incredible progress in the district’s rise as a national technology hub and its role… Continue reading Midtown isn’t taking transit infrastructure seriously. Here’s how it can

On Green New Deals and Electric Buses

Senator Bernie Sanders recently released his version of a "Green New Deal," proposing $16.3 TRILLION worth of federal direct investment in the US economy to fight climate change. Of course the scale of this plan, especially with little more than bullet-point details, is easy to brush aside as an attention-grabbing pipedream. But a high-level proposal… Continue reading On Green New Deals and Electric Buses

(REWIND) Only transit investment—not tech hype—can solve Gwinnett’s transportation woes

Ahead of Gwinnett County's failed MARTA referendum on March 19, I wrote an op-ed arguing that tech hype was misleading suburban voters in the county that the private sector could deliver better solutions than public transit investment. The following piece first ran in Atlanta Magazine on March 14: https://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/commentary-only-transit-investment-not-tech-hype-can-solve-gwinnetts-transportation-woes/ Here's an excerpt: "Engineers with little… Continue reading (REWIND) Only transit investment—not tech hype—can solve Gwinnett’s transportation woes

Sharing is Not Caring: Reassessing Shared Mobility

Over the past several years, city planners, public officials, and car opponents have bought uncritically into a vision of shared mobility peddled by venture-backed Silicon Valley firms and free-market advocates. With transit agencies struggling to modernize, environmental stakes rising, and techno-optimism drowning out sober consideration of impacts from mobility services, we need to reassess our… Continue reading Sharing is Not Caring: Reassessing Shared Mobility

Hype Cycle Blues: Has the AV Bubble Burst?

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?