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December 03, 2019  |  permalink

CoMotion Podcasts: Rethinking Real Estate; India’s Micromobility; AI Buses, and More

(CoMotion LA 2019 is in the rear-view mirror, but the CoMotion Mobility Podcast goes on. Here’s what you’ve missed if you haven’t been listening:)

Episode 53. (above) Greg Lindsay chats with Dror Poleg, author of Rethinking Real Estate, about the intersection of mobility and real estate. As autonomous vehicles, drones, and delivery bots become better integrated into our daily lives, the face of real estate will begin to change. As technology advances, the value of real estate assets will fluctuate in new and interesting ways.


Episode 52. Greg Lindsay chats with Aayushi Jain, Director of Policy and Government Partnerships at Bounce. Bounce is a Bangalore-based startup that operates an electric scooter sharing enterprise. These aren’t your Birds and Limes — these are full mopeds that can cover the first mile/last mile of your multimodal transit trip, or be your main mode of transport to/from work or school. Bounce aims to seriously improve India’s devastating traffic congestion.


Episode 51. Greg Lindsay chats with Nexar Co-Founder and CEO Eran Shir and RTC Senior Director of Engineering John Peñuelas about how Nexar’s pilot in Las Vegas is a successful example of how the public and private sector can collaborate to increase road safety. Thanks to Nexar’s City Stream, a connected network of smart dash cameras which can identify road hazards, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada is able to better understand and manage the city’s traffic, especially around construction zones. Greg, John and Eran chat about the pilot’s expansion and issues surrounding privacy and the advent of autonomous vehicles.


Episode 50. Greg Lindsay chats with Roni Floman, the VP of Marketing at Optibus, an Israel-based startup that is using A.I. to build optimized scheduling software for creating the most efficient paths for fixed-route bus services. Greg and Roni dive into how Optibus is working to revolutionize public transit by using advanced computer technology to create better bus schedules to help cities, commuters, and bus drivers to better do their jobs, and get where they’re going. Optibus hopes to use optimization algorithms and A.I. to create new solutions for current scheduling inefficiencies.


Episode 49. Greg Lindsay chats with Richard Bruce, Director of Energy, Technology and Innovation at the UK’s Department for Transport, about how all the simultaneous changes happening in the mobility ecosystem can be leveraged to deliver basic environmental improvements. Richard Bruce outlines the UK’s key strategies for the future of urban mobility and highlights the necessity of modernizing the regulatory framework in order to better embrace new modes of transportation.


Episode 48. Greg Lindsay chats with Andrei Greenawalt, Head of Public Policy at Via, about how shared, on-demand micro-transit can get people out of the private vehicle. Andrei explains how Via is working with nearly 100 cities and transit agencies to provide optimized and equitable first/last mile mobility solutions. Greg and Andrei discuss Via’s numerous deployments, from its recently launched shared autonomous on-demand service in Irvine, CA to its partnership with New York City’s yellow school bus fleet.

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Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is the director of applied research at NewCities and director of strategy at its mobility offshoot CoMotion.  He is also a partner at FutureMap, a geo-strategic advisory firm based in Singapore, a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

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