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

(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?

Dispatches from the Automated Vehicle Symposium 2018 – July 12 and Final Thoughts

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

Dispatches from the Automated Vehicle Symposium 2018 – July 11

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

Dispatches from the Automated Vehicle Symposium 2018 – July 10

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

Automating BRT on Atlanta’s Northside Drive

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