Who is the new EV delivery van manufacturer? BrightDrop
Is BrightDrop brought to us by a parent manufacturer? Yes, GM
Anything we should think about when we think about GM? Yes, GM has a woman CEO, Mary Barra
How EV will these delivery vans be?
BrightDrop is headed to FedEx like Rivian’s EV delivery vehicle is headed to Amazon.
Welcome to the 1st in the world, self driving water taxi
Who is home to this gem? Knoxville, TN
The company behind self driving water taxis? Buffalo Automation
How does it work? By an app, Mayday, which functions like ride share apps.
What’s the power source for this water taxi? Solar
Transportation Network Companies like Uber, Lyft etc. are finding their way into vaccine access in these ways:
What would be penalized? Empty ride share vehicles “trolling” for riders during rush hour
What is the estimated revenue? $80M per year
Any other touted benefits of trolling penalties?Reduce congestion
What did the one of California’s built train contractors tell California high-speed rail officials was slowing down the project?
What does the high speed rail authority say? Disagrees.
Who: Helping Hands Community
What does Helping Hands Community offer? streamlines how food banks and social service organizations deliver food, medicine and other necessities to senior citizens and those who are immunocompromised
Who is delivering to those in need?
How is the app structured? It is a nonprofit platform is completely volunteer-run with about 150 people from companies such as Google, Apple and Amazon
San Antonio, TX is home to the largest U.S. wildlife overpass. Studies say wildlife bridges can reduce animal- car accidents by 80%.
The overpass connects 2 sections of the Phil Hardberger Park.
Funding sources for the wildlife bridge:
Wildlife bridges originated in France in the 1950s .
The city: Spokane, WA
Initial Step: Pilot EV Program for 4 patrol cars plus EV replacements for 2 K-9 units and 2 tahoes
The EV benefits: lower maintenance costs and longer life spans for EVs
Where: San Francisco
How will San Francisco Transit Authority transportation plan combat racism?
90 action steps to root out racism in seven areas — hiring, promotion, discipline, leadership, professional development, organizational culture and boards
Why is the transit agency working to combat racism? A review of agency employee sanctions, it was discovered that harsher sanctions were imposted against black employees for committing the same acts as white employees.
If there was a transportation program in 2020, it was a smart something. Smart cities. Smart lamp posts. Smart traffic lights. Bikes that power street lights. Electric Vehicles that could power buildings. Smart roads that generate solar energy.
Smart cars. Smart Concrete that can power EVs or store solar energy. Smart funding choices showed that cities save money by switching to EV fleets, especially their police cars. Fewer repairs. Lower fuel costs. To make incentives for EVs smarter, the UK came up with a green license plate. A very smart and savvy partnership in Asia between ride share and telecoms.
The amount of new technology is transportation is mind boggling. This year we talked about flying pod cars, driverless trucks, hyperloops, electric dirt bikes, solar truck beds, and a University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics at Texas A&M.
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