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
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
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
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