University of Hong Kong seeking Assistant Professor in Transport Geography and Assistant Professor in Urban Planning

Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years. The University has a comprehensive range of study programs and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centers. There are 28,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students who are recruited globally, and more than 2,000 members of academic and academic-related staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned.

Read more at http://mobi-platform.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Overseas-Job-Ad_3-Asst-Professor-posts-Feb-2017.pdf.

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Read Uber’s entire 98-page plan to make flying cars a reality in the next decade

From Avery Hartmans, Business Insider

Uber has a new plan for making commuting faster: flying cars.

The company debuted its new project for electric aircraft that takes off and lands vertically in a white paper it published Thursday. Dubbed Uber Elevate, the project aims to have the aircraft in cities by the year 2026.

Read the full article at http://www.businessinsider.com/uber-elevate-flying-car-plan-white-paper-2016-10/#-1.

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Sorry, But Driverless Cars Aren’t Right Around the Corner

From John Battelle, published on LinkedIn

Here in the Valley, we’d prefer our technology to be free of annoying social complexities. We’re extremely good at imagining a world where a particular innovation has won the day, but we’re also pretty talented at ignoring the messy transitions necessary to actually get there.

Our most current case in point is the autonomous vehicle. The received wisdom in the Valley is that the technology for self-driving cars is already here — we just have to wait a few years while the slowpokes in Washington get with the program. Within five years, we’ll all be autopiloted around — free to spend our otherwise unproductive driving time answering email, Snapchatting, or writing code.

Read the full article at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sorry-driverless-cars-arent-right-around-corner-john-battelle.

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SeaBubbles wants to be the Uber for waterborne transportation

From Andrew J . Hawkins, The Verge

When our streets become too congested, why not take to the open water to get around? SeaBubbles is a startup that aims to revolutionize waterborne transportation through fleets of sleek, hydrofoil-equipped shuttles designed to make city travel more convenient, leisurely, and sustainable.

Think of them as futuristic water taxis. Alain Thebault and Anders Bringdal, a sailor and windsurfer respectively, started the company seven months ago and have already raised $500,000, with a goal of raising $1 million more by next year. Backers include the founder of drone-maker Parrot, Partech Ventures, and the French government-backed BPI fund. The founders hope to have a prototype to show off at next year’s CES, and are aiming to have over a dozen vessels in the River Seine in Paris by summer 2017.

Read the full article at http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/8/13203198/seabubbles-wants-to-be-the-uber-for-waterborne-transportation.

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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs aims to transform 16 cities into tech-friendly laboratories

From Andrew J . Hawkins, The Verge

Cities across the country are clamoring for technological upgrades to transform themselves from cities of the past into “smart cities” of the future. Today, Sidewalk Labs says it will help over a dozen cities do just that. The Google smart city spinoff announced today that it will join forces with national advocacy group Transportation For America (T4A) to help 16 cities better prepare themselves for innovations like self-driving cars and ride-sharing apps, as well as share information with each other to find out what works and what doesn’t.

The collaboration is an effort to capitalize on the momentum created by the White House’s Smart City Challenge, a competition for midsized cities to rethink urban transportation using technology like self-driving cars and smart street lights. In June, the top prize was awarded to Columbus, Ohio, which edged out six other finalists to win $40 million in federal grant money to enact its proposal.

Read the full article at http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/18/13316500/sidewalk-labs-google-alphabet-smart-city-transportation.

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Now Arriving: A Connected Mobility Roadmap for Public Transport

From Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow, New Cities Foundation

Transit agencies trapped in a downward spiral of shrinking budgets, diminished service, and declining ridership have begun turning to these companies as complements or even substitutes for traditional modes, to mass transit. This is a dangerous path that practically invites disruption; as on-demand mobility continues falling in price while increasing coverage, transit agencies risk being hollowed out by their would-be partners.

The risk is that a new generation of “choice” riders may choose to forgo both their own cars and public transport in favor of parallel private competitors, consigning vulnerable “captive” riders to increasingly dysfunctional transit systems crippled by a lack of leadership, funding, and political support.

Read the full document at http://www.newcitiesfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/PDF-Now-Arriving-A-Connected-Mobility-Roadmap-For-Public-Transport-Greg-Lindsay.pdf.

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