Passport’s Picks of the Week
Innovate. Rinse. Lather. Repeat.
Sound familiar? That’s how we continue to push boundaries, by learning, failing, innovating, and doing it all over again. In this week’s installment of picks of the week, we learned that it is possible to create a robotic parking garage (such an amazing video), the sharing economy is greatly influencing the way we move, and more. Get a peek into a few mobile technology trends:
Mobile technology trends influencing our world
Scour the parking garage for a spot. Park. Pay. You know the drill. When it comes to parking garages, they’re pretty self explanatory and they haven’t really grown all that much. However, one parking garage is changing the game. Say hello to West Hollywood’s robotic parking garage. This garage is unbelievable and well, you don’t have to circle the lot for 10 minutes to find a parking spot (hi, Trader Joe’s parking lots). If you’re relieved, we are too. We think this robotic garage should make its way to the east coast.
For now, the garage is solely available in WeHo. Let us break it down for you. First, you drive your car into a garage, the door will close and sensors will direct you when to stop, get out of your car, etc. The sensors also make sure before the car goes into the garage that no one is in the car, since there is no ventilation in the garage. You then receive a parking slip and your car is taken away on a platform, spun around, and placed in the next available parking spot. Pretty easy, right? You must see the video for yourself!
There’s one thing Helsinki’s ready to completely nix. Private cars. And it’s going to happen by 2025. If it doesn’t sound believable, hear him out. Helsinksi is planning to completely revamp the transit system by adding more buses, trains, etc., but also by creating a new transport infrastructure. How will he do it? He wants to add a new technology that provides a single payment system. To Helsinksi, the plan is very simple. You’re ready to head to the office, you request an on-demand sharing bus. Heading to the beach for your family vacay – rent a car. Want to rent bikes – do it via the technology. The concept is to completely streamline these simple, everyday processes under one platform.
Uber. Lyft. Airbnb. Sound familiar? If you’ve taken an Uber downtown or rented an apartment for the weekend with Airbnb, you’ve been a key part of the sharing economy. As the sharing economy picks up, we’ll continue to see added value to adding a sharing economy to our lives. The sharing economy makes up over 17 billion dollar companies, employs 60,000, and consists of $15 billion in funding. To say the least, it’s making significant waves. As the transportation industry follows suit in the economy, find out how they’re playing a key role in the concept of a sharing or collaborative economy…
Mobile ticketing is gaining prominence in the United States, there’s no doubt about that. As it continues to grow, many transit agencies are looking for ways to implement mobile ticketing platforms to provide a convenient and efficient option for users and agencies alike. Today, smartphones penetration is at an all time high and will continue to increase by 2020. It is safe to say smartphones aren’t going anywhere. In the U.S., transit agencies are implementing mobile ticketing applications to improve efficiency and convenience, which reduces fare evasion and increases fare revenues for agencies. The demand for a mobile ticketing application is increasing, and our business development found out what’s trending in the marketplace for the transit industry.