Nov 15: Webinar on Transforming Urban Transport – The Role of Political Leadership

In this panel, Professor Diane Davis and Senior Researcher Lily Song will share findings from TUT-POL case studies of New York’s urban streets initiatives, Stockholm’s adoption of congestion pricing, and Seoul’s combined highway demolition, bus system overhaul, and urban regeneration while discussing political conditions and processes explaining implementation successes.

In particular, the presentation will highlight the use of data and evidence (e.g. GPS data, polling data, voter trends), public engagement and communication (e.g. public outreach campaigns, voter referendum, working committees/public task forces), and organizational and policy management in promoting implementation of urban transport policies intended to challenge car-centrism and change mode-share while also fostering mobility and environmental aims. Read more…

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Meet Norwegian Mobility Delegation (Nov 7 & Nov 8) [By Invitation

UM-SMART is receiving a small delegation from the mayor’s office in Sør-Trøndelag in Norway on November 7 and 8. The purpose of their visit is to explore the future of mobility for their inhabitants and to look for collaborative ways to advance Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS).

As a friend of SMART if you’re interested in meeting with them, there may be a possibility to join one of the invitation-only meetings. Please email Komal Doshi at kanand@umich.edu for more details and timing.

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 – The Future of the Car: From Ownership to Sharing and Automation

Transport Futures invites you to join them as they explore The Future of the Car! This timely conference will focus on the shift from vehicle ownership to vehicle sharing and what “transportation as a service” will mean for the public and private sectors in the years ahead – especially given emerging technologies and government policies related to roads, transit, parking and urban growth management.

Canadian and American experts will be joining Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca to collectively discuss a range of car questions, including:

  • What is the public’s opinion regarding car ownership, vehicle sharing and AVs?
  • How is the automotive industry and taxi/car sharing business responding to rapidly changing customer preferences, technological opportunities and government regulations?
  • What are different levels of government doing to encourage innovation in the transportation space and to prepare for the disruptive arrival of AVs?
  • When will AVs be ready for the consumer market? What are the legal, insurance and privacy issues that must be resolved to accommodate them?

 

Date: September 17, 2015

Location: Sheraton Airport Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada

More information at http://www.transportfutures.ca/car

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Summer Internship Opportunity with CPPR in Tamil Nadu, India

Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.cppr.in/) is looking for summer interns with background in urban planning and design. The intern will work on a project being undertaken by CPPR in the city of Erode in Tamil Nadu where they will be starting with city mapping exercises based on identified indicators. This opportunity will allow you to get hands on ground experience and a chance to work alongside CPPR’s diverse research team. The duration of the Internship shall be from 2-4 months starting from June/July 2015. Accommodation at Erode shall be provided along with a small stipend. Interested candidates should send their resume/CV to Madhu Sivaraman at project@cppr.in with the subject line “APPLICATION FOR CPPR SUMMER INTERNSHIP”. For additional details look at the announcement below.

Post: Urban Planner Intern

Site Location: Erode City, Tamil Nadu, India

Key Deliverables

The duties for the intern include but are not limited to:

  Work on developing Master Plans for cities with a regional approach

  Collating data, undertaking analysis and writing reports for on-going CITY MAPPING exercise at Erode, Tamil Nadu, India.

  Demographic and Economic Analysis for Regional and Master Plans

  Doing sketch-ups, and rendering, understand layers, differing scales.

  Work both independently and collaboratively with the various team members and other interns/ volunteers

  Develop/create attractive presentation layouts and maps using the appropriate softwares.

  Travel to Site with potential overnight stays for Site visits.

Desired Requirements

  Working knowledge of GIS, with proficiency in creating base maps from Google and from GIS shape files preferred.

  Proficiency on working with AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and Microsoft Office

The duration of the Internship shall be from 2-4 months starting from June/July 2015. The Intern shall be allowed a Stipend amount or allowances for the Project of up to INR 5000 per month ($80) depending on the engagement. Accommodation at Erode shall be taken care by CPPR. Any other additional expenditure shall be borne by the intern themselves if it is not directly related to the execution of the project.

About CPPR

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) is a think tank dedicated to extensive and in-depth research on current economic, social, and political issues. They strive to initiate policy changes by publishing our research and by framing policy debates and discussions on various subjects. Their research areas include Governance, Education, Health, Law, Livelihood, Strategy & Security and Urban Reforms. They have carried out research projects and worked on policy papers for government bodies, private institutions, and academia; many of which have had a profound impact at the governance level. CPPR’s research team includes professionals from different fields of expertise and resource persons from across the world.

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Ford Initiates Open Innovation Approach to Finding Innovative Mobility Solutions; Launches Innovate Mobility Challenge Series

From : @FordOnline

COLOGNE, Germany – Ford today announced the launch of its Innovate Mobility Challenge Series, inviting the developer and ‘maker’ communities to come together to find innovative mobility solutions in eight different locations around the world.

The worldwide challenges will kick off on July 15 in Lisbon, Portugal, Los Angeles, United States, and Mumbai, India, before moving on to Delhi and the Chennai region in India, Shanghai, China, Johannesburg, South Africa, and a countrywide challenge in Argentina.

“Reaching out to local stakeholders lets Ford more effectively address the diverse mobility challenges around the world,” said Paul Mascarenas, Ford’s chief technical officer and vice president, Research and Innovation. “Launching our Innovate Mobility Challenge Series in eight different regions will bring global and local players together in the pursuit of one goal, which is a smarter and more efficient transportation network for the future.”

Ford’s OpenXC program is a non-production, open-source, software and hardware platform designed to encourage top developers to experiment with Do-It-Yourself projects using real-time vehicle data. Developers can use OpenXC data like any other data source in a smartphone, tablet or web app. The Innovate Mobility Challenge Series encourages developers to integrate this real-time vehicle information into apps that relate to sustainability and mobility issues, whether by incorporating the data into existing apps or creating new apps from scratch.

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