College for Collaborative Mobility – a two day workshop for students

College for Collaborative Mobility – a two day workshop for students

Deadline for submission is the 24.02.2014

On the 5th and 6th May 2014 the Swiss Mobility Academy organises for the first time the College for Collaborative Mobility „cocomo“ – a two day workshop for students in Bern, sponsored by the Swiss Post. Fifteen students will develop their ideas related to the topic of collaborative mobility and come together with important decision-makers of the Swiss mobility world. The aim of the workshop is to develop „Basic points for a collaborative urban traffic system using the example of Bern” in groups and under the guidance of economy, science and policy experts. There will be the following groups (i.e. thematic focal points): Group A: ‘technological and building infrastructures’, Group B: ‘user demand and public relations’, Group C: ‘service providers and business models’. The results of this group work will be presented at the 2. World Collaborative Mobility Congress on 7th and 8th May 2014 (the two days following the “cocomo”).

Ultimately,  “cocomo” wants to support future mobility experts in the practical development of sustainable mobility concepts and to give students the chance to profit from the know-how of experts while the experts in return receive an important insight in the students’ way of thinking about transportation and related topics.

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‘Vending machine’ rents electric cars hourly


Autonomous cars hot topic at Detroit auto show: State, U of M partner to study self-driving vehicles

Author: Khalil AlHajal

The topic of autonomous vehicle technology came up during nearly every concept car unveiling, panel discussions and media scrum this week at the North American International Auto Show.

The developing field got a boost last month when the state legislature passed a law last month authorizing the testing of self-driving cars.

And the state on Tuesday announced partnering with the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center to kick exploration of intelligent transportation into another gear.

“The philosophy we need to get across to people is about intelligent transportation systems, about how we create that infrastructure, not just for today, but for decades to come that will be largely based right here in Michigan, right the heart of all that,” said Gov. Rick Snyder.

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Low Carbon Innovation in China: Prospects, Politics and Practice

This new project, led from Lancaster University, is an international collaboration between researchers in the UK and at leading institutions in China to investigate different models of innovation and their role in low carbon transitions. Running from late 2013 to 2016, the project will compare government-led, high-tech ‘indigenous innovation’ approaches with emergent, lower-tech approaches in the areas of agriculture, energy and mobility.

The project’s aim is explore the extent, nature and social implications of low-carbon transitions in China, a key concern for the whole world. There is a burgeoning literature on low-carbon innovation in China, including from thinktanks, global governance institutions and INGOs. But these reports tend to downplay the social nature of technical change, and thus questions of political change and power. They also thus restate conventional policy recommendations that remain ignored or are proving impossible to implement. Low carbon transition fails to emerge even as socioeconomic change continues at spectacular pace.

Research for this project aims to fill this gap in knowledge by offering in-depth academic analysis of several key areas of low-carbon innovation that acknowledges these key issues. It seeks to inform policymakers and stakeholders on opportunities for prospective low-carbon transitions, and optimising their global impact, as well as advancing knowledge of contemporary low-carbon innovation in China beyond.

There will be a clear project focus on impact, communications and engagement, strengthened through collaboration with the STEPS Centre ICE Unit, the Work Foundation and The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and is an affiliate project of the STEPS Centre.

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The Korea Transport Institute (Seoul), the Regional Plan Association, (New York) and the US-Asia Institute (DC) are together conducting an event titled, ”Learning From South Korea’s Experience With High Speed Rail” on January 15 at 8am. The event brings together a great panel that will be discussing the Korean rails success and what American policy maker can learn from their experience.

See the below invite for details.

The Korea Transport Institute, Seoul
The Regional Plan Association, New York
The US-Asia Institute, DC


Two generations ago, South Korea was a war-ravaged country – one of the poorest on earth. Today, South Korean companies Samsung and Hyundai compete with Apple and Toyota. Young people graduate from high school and college at record rates and broadband access is extraordinarily high.

South Korean citizens also have access to something even less available here – high speed rail. How did this once poor country manage to do something that eludes the United States? It was not without struggles. Various political, cultural and financial challenges confronted the South Koreans.

What can American policy makers learn from this small country’s experience?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
8:00AM to 10:00AM
Discussion will begin promptly at 8:30AM
light breakfast will be served

US-Asia Institute
232 E. Capitol Street N.E., Washington, DC
(A Townhouse on the corner of 3rd and East Capitol Streets, N.E.)

RSVP: 202-544-3181 or
(your colleagues are welcome to attend)

Our Speakers and Panelists Include:

Gyengchul Kim – President, Korea Transport Institute
Jaehak Oh – Vice President for Comprehensive Transport Research, Korea Transport Institute
Tschangho John Kim, Endowed Professor of Urban & Regional Systems, University of IL
Stephen Gardener – Vice President for Infrastructure Investment, Northeast Corridor,Amtrak
Karen Hedlund – Deputy Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration (invited)
Alex Marshall – Journalist & Author
Robert Yaro – President, Regional Plan Association


A Plan to Reduce Emergency Vehicle Response Times and Increase Safety for Cyclists

Author: Harris Silver

According to the New York Fire Department, the average response time to get to a building on fire is four minutes and 12 seconds. For a life threatening medical emergency, the response time is six minutes and 17 seconds. In 2012, there were 5,779 structural fires and 58,813 medical emergencies in Manhattan.

As these response times are averages, they don’t tell of the difficulty that N.Y.C. ambulances and fire trucks face during certain times of the day. One’s chances of surviving a life threatening medical event are greater when the streets are deserted, than when they are filled with cars and trucks.

Years ago, when I was freelancing for Grey Advertising, my midtown office overlooked Third Avenue, between 48th and 49th street. I would regularly hear sirens, look out my window and see emergency vehicles with flashing lights unable to move because the streets were gridlocked. Yet the lanes that the emergency vehicles were stuck in were clearly marked with the words “FIRE LANE.” This image stayed with me, and got me thinking about a solution.

If you think about it, emergency vehicle response should be a priority for street use. Fire trucks and ambulances responding to emergencies have a higher priority legally and morally than people who choose to drive into Manhattan instead of taking public transit. To me, this is a given and not debatable.

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