June 9, 2016

Designing Tomorrowland

“Let city residents choose neighborhoods to test out strategies to slash that car total. And once that happens, replace unneeded parking garages and even some intersections with affordable housing… The pilot would try to lure people from their own cars to shared, clean-running electric vehicles, either with drivers or without… The carrot? Ease and relative speed.” ...Read More

June 2, 2016

San Francisco Is ‘Moonshotting’ an Ambitious Connected Transit Vision for Its ‘Smart City Challenge’ Bid

“At a recent press conference at San Francisco City Hall, Mayor Ed Lee pitched a futuristic vision of his city: One where at least 10 percent of San Francisco’s auto traffic would be diverted to mass transit or ridesharing services like Lyft or Uber, and a fleet of electric, possibly autonomous vehicles dispatches riders around the city. Shuttles would even ferry straphangers from bus stops in dense urban neighborhoods to outlying, more suburban residential districts.” ...Read More

May 27, 2016

Shaping Transportation Technology to Benefit Everyone

“San Francisco has worked for years to solve these problems, and we’ve made great strides. Now we are on the cusp of a whole new level of transportation equity… Harnessing the power of technology to benefit everyone in our city, and then sharing those lessons around the world, is what San Francisco does best.” ...Read More

May 24, 2016

How San Francisco Plans to Use Self-Driving Cars to Fix Its Housing Crisis

“For a minute, try to forget the hype you hear about self-driving cars and think about the single-occupant, human-driven vehicle like this: A very inefficient way to use expensive city land. Not only do extra-wide roads take up a lot of space, there’s far too much property allocated to parking—about 20 percent of the land in many US downtowns are surface parking lots. Autonomous vehicles will require less than a third of the land that cars do now, which could then be used for anything but cars. Like more housing.” ...Read More

May 19, 2016

San Francisco's Smart City Challenge submission is a networked transit utopia

“San Francisco's plan involves taking 10 percent of single-occupant cars off the road, replacing them with a thoroughly networked system of smart transit options, including autonomous buses that talk to one another, shared bikes and loads of ride-sharing. There would also be city-owned electric vehicles and shuttles that connect bus lines to neighborhoods far away from the city center.” ...Read More

May 18, 2016

SF makes pitch to be home of transit of the future

“San Francisco is one of seven cities competing for $50 million — $40 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation and $10 million from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc. — in the federal agency’s Smart City Challenge. The challenge calls on cities to use data, technology and forward thinking to create transportation systems of the future.” ...Read More

May 18, 2016

SF pitches $149 million plan to replace cars with self-driving vehicles

"San Francisco’s future is autonomous and shared vehicles – and that future may be only a decade away.
At least, that’s the grand vision of regional leaders including Mayor Ed Lee, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, researchers at University of California at Berkeley and corporate giants like Google, Uber and Lyft." ...Read More

May 9, 2016

Superpublic lab in SF to focus on urban problems

“Up first: working on “smart transit” for San Francisco, putting more government services online, and making sure government spending delivers tangible results.” ...Read More

May 6, 2016

Can SF solve gridlock? Booming Dogpatch may provide answer

“The technology is coming faster than anyone thought it would,” she said. “And no matter what we do, year in and year out, 30 million people die in car crashes. And 80 percent are caused by human error.” ...Read More