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Big Data for better Urban Planning

We have heard the term “Big Data” thrown around more and more in recent years. This is the concept of computationally analyzing extremely large data sets to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions. Although it still seems farfetched that a computer algorithm can improve personal connections, many companies actually are leveraging this technology through apps and gamification to improve connections with their customers. And perhaps there are ways to leverage these technologies to improve workplace culture.

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Integration of all transportation modes via Satellites

Railways minister Suresh Prabhu offered hope on Thursday to people seeking seamless travel across different modes of transport in the country.

The minister expects the integration project to pick up pace this year after roping in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for satellite mapping of India’s transportation needs.

As part of the elaborate plan, a citizen will be provided a common mobility card that will allow travel on trains, buses, taxis and ships across the country, and may be used for shopping too.

The project is in the nascent stages and plans to integrate bus and metro services in the metropolitan centres are still on the drawing board.

Read Full Story @ http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/satellites-to-help-merge-modes-of-transport-suresh-prabhu/story-oBUZWDoI2ymJqnVA7J7P9K.html

Build The Cities Of The Future with Free Urban Planning Softwares

Urban Network Analysis, an open-source software released by MIT. Taking a cue from social networks and mathematical network analysis methods, the City Form Research Group‘s program calculates how a cities’ spatial layout affects the way people will live in it.

It measures traits such as “reach, gravity, betweenness, closeness, and straightness,” which, in laymen terms, express features such as the number of services, buildings, and resources within a certain walking distance, or the volume of traffic along sidewalks and streets. Designers can also assign characteristics to individual buildings, as well as track urban growth and change with analytic support for policy makers.

Read Full Story @ http://www.fastcoexist.com/1678493/mits-free-urban-planning-software-will-help-build-the-cities-of-the-future

India’s first personal rapid transit (PRT)

The National Highways Authority of India has laid the groundwork to roll out India’s first personal rapid transit (PRT) network and will invite global bids for the project within the next fortnight. The pilot project will span a 13km stretch from the Gurgaon-Delhi border to Badshapur Mod on Sohna Road and is estimated to cost Rs 850 crore.

A project called the Metrino (in pic), a PRT system in which pods are suspended from an overhead rail, has been under consideration for a while. Every pod can take up to five passengers. For the pilot project route, 16 stations have been planned, starting near Ambience Mall. A personal rapid transit (PRT) network is made up of small automated vehicles running at close intervals on a guideway with docking stations for passengers to get on and get off.While a pod can accommodate up to five people, there is also an option to hire an entire pod that will take a passenger straight to the destination, skipping the scheduled stops. The average speed of the pods is 60kmph.

Read Full Story @ http://www.mensxp.com/special-features/today/29967-no-more-traffic-jams-because-india-rsquo-s-first-lsquo-pod-taxis-rsquo-will-be-up-and-running-in-gurgaon-from-april.html

DMRC launching new swanky ‘Driverless Trains’

Ever tempted to see how the tracks and approaching stations appear to Metro drivers?

Commuters will soon be able to experience it with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) launching new swanky ‘driverless trains’ that will accommodate passengers end to end.

Read Full Story @ http://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi/metro-unveils-faster-wifi-enabled-trains-that-run-without-drivers/story-YK3ucS4mYqXBaHj3i0Q3RN.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fbpost&utm_campaign=india

Sustainable Transport Investment Could Save $300 Billion a Year – Within Existing Financial Flows

Investing in sustainable transport infrastructure is something national and local leaders want as a way to cut climate-warming emissions – 23 percent of the global total – generated by the world’s transportation systems. But it has become a daunting prospect due to the public perception that it’s prohibitively expensive. New research that compares both high-carbon and low-carbon paths for transportation shows that public perception is mistaken: a low-carbon investment strategy is actually more affordable than the carbon-intensive way. The potential savings could be $300 billion each year and is within existing financial flows.

Read Full story @ http://www.wri.org/blog/2016/04/sustainable-transport-investment-could-save-300-billion-year-within-existing-financial

How Intelligent Transport System can change future of Transportation

With more widespread use of information technologies and the maturation of autonomous vehicles, ownership and possession will no longer be necessary prerequisites for on-demand mobility.

Experts predict that the emergence of “cloud commuting” will have a number of implications:

A smaller, more modern fleet that is used more efficiently and turns over faster
Greater coverage in urban areas with higher demand
Fewer trips for people who give up on vehicle ownership and opt to pay by trip
Greater viability for the electrification of the vehicle fleet
Demand for new street designs that emphasize pick-up and drop-off locations rather than on-street parking
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Odd-Even phase II: Carpool option added to PoochhO app

Days before the second phase of the odd-even plan comes into effect, the Delhi government has announced the launch of carpooling facility on its PoochhO mobile application.

Read full story @ http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/odd-even-phase-ii-carpool-option-added-to-poochho-app/

Paris Is Redesigning Its Major Intersections For Pedestrians, Not Cars | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

Right now, the Place de la Bastille in Paris is basically a traffic island: A huge memorial sits in the middle of a road packed with cars. There’s no way to easily cross the street on foot. But that will soon change. The square is one of seven major sites that Paris is redesigning for pedestrians and cyclists.

“Parisians are finding out that what were once admirable squares of theirs are now just intersections,” says Jean Macheras, the Paris delegate of the French Transportation Users Assocation.

The shift started with the Place de la République—until 2013, it was also a busy road, but now it’s a pedestrian plaza planted with trees, lined with benches, and filled with people. The transformation was so popular that the city decided to keep going.

Read Full Story @ http://www.fastcoexist.com/3058685/paris-is-redesigning-its-major-intersections-for-pedestrians-not-cars/1

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