Making the Business Case for Mobility

Connected and self-driving cars are dazzling to consider. But what is the business case for carmakers? What is the value to them to produce such vehicles?

Seeking answers for such questions is an EY team headed by Kristin Schondorf, executive director of Automotive and Transportation Mobility at EY. She says carmakers must begin to view the vehicle as a service. That means determining what customers want and analyzing how carmakers will partner with tech companies and others outside the traditional auto industry.

Schondorf is looking at multi-modal transportation and developing strategies the personal transportation providers can use to help cities ease congestion and improve air quality.

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San Diego smart card has security gaps


San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (CA) has acknowledged that its Compass Card fare collection system does not meet industry security standards.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, or PCI DSS, are designed to reduce credit card fraud. PCI DSS includes standards for encrypting cardholder data, maintaining firewalls, and routinely testing security systems.

The Compass Card was developed about 10 years ago by Cubic Corporation.  The San Diego Association of Governments managed the system until MTS took over in July 2014.

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Apply to be a Code for America Fellowship partner

Code for America pairs teams of technologists with local governments across the country to work in partnership with government officials and the communities they serve. The fellows take a user-centered, data-driven, and iterative approach to redesigning core government services.

The fellowship transforms government from the inside out. Code for America fellows spend 11 months collaborating with government staff, researching user needs, meeting with key stakeholders, and building technology for needs from signing up for food assistance to starting a business to navigating the court system.

While the product of the fellowship is typically an early stage application that improves the delivery of a government service or function, the process acts as a vehicle for driving cultural and structural change inside of government — encouraging innovation, improving tolerance for risk, and increasing the capacity for transparency and engagement.



Hyderabad-Based Shuttle Service Provider Commut Acquires H2O Cabs

From Inc42, Aparna Mishra

Hyderabad-based employee transportation startup, Commut, has acquired app-based cab service company H2O Cabs for an undisclosed amount. The deal is done in a bid to strengthen Commut’s verticals and increase its current foothold in the market.

Founded in 2015 by Prasanth Garapati, Hemanth Jonnalagadda andSandeep Kachavarapu, Commut is a technology-based minibus shuttle service for daily office commuters. It enables the users to book a ride from a specific pickup to a specific drop point. It currently has 35 minibuses running on 50 routes.

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Road Less Traveled: Teens Aren’t in a Hurry to Get Driver’s License



Creativity is key to clearing traffic congestion

From The Globe and Mail, Andrew Clark

Every so often, as I sit stewing in my anti-Porsche, I’m overwhelmed by the futility and madness that is my daily commute. There I am, just another fish swimming around in the bowl we call traffic congestion. It’s the bane of modern existence and it’s costly. A 2014 report by the City of Toronto found that congestion costs $6-billion per year. It reached this finding by identifying the “core cost of gridlock” – which involves multiplying the amount of time each person wastes in congestion by the value of their time.

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