Learn What Uber is Doing for Smart Transportation

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Expanding Public Transit and Shared Mobility

Uber’s leader for federal affairs Dave Barmore helped lead a dynamic panel at last month’s Smart Regions Conference in Washington, DC. The panel, Intelligent Transportation, Systems, and Infrastructure in Smart Regions, focused on solutions to a long list of problems believed to be tied to two main areas: infrastructure and transportation.

Uber is partnering with cities, regions and transit agencies around the world to make it even easier for people to get where they need and want to go.
— Dave Barmore, Uber Federal Affairs

"Uber is partnering with cities, regions and transit agencies around the world to make it even easier for people to get where they need and want to go,” Barmore said.

Safety, reduced or eliminated traffic fatalities, reduced emissions and overall better social experience would be the benefits of broad-scale implementation of smart transportation.

Barmore described a study in which his company learned that infrastructure problems were interfering with deployment of autonomous vehicle solutions. He described a scenario in which a car is double-parked causing an autonomous emergency vehicle to crash into the illegally parked car.

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The solution to problems such as this, Barmore explained, is better use of available data and smart infrastructure planning to foster smart transportation solutions.

In what he called the “future of the curb,” Barmore explained Uber’s ideas for tapping into vast pools of data and new technologies to improve public and private transportation. In doing so, Barmore and the panelists agreed quality of life would be greatly improved.

Safety, reduced or eliminated traffic fatalities, reduced emissions and overall better social experience would be the benefits of broad-scale implementation of smart transportation.

The panel agreed that true smart transportation solutions cannot materialize without more intelligent infrastructure planning. They challenged government leaders and business to put old ideas aside and begin planning intelligent infrastructure collaboration.

 

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