Transportation

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Intelligent Parking
Boston to install "smart" parking meters across city, spreading pay-by-phone options
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Boston’s parking meters are going to get a lot smarter over the next few years, eventually letting drivers find open spots and feed the meter with their smartphones. The citywide upgrade could also let the city get a better handle on how much street parking it actually controls, and even raise more money for the government by charging higher prices at times of extreme demand. Read More
Bridj over the Potomac
Bridj planning to expand its data-driven bus service to Washington, D.C.
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This morning, Boston-based Bridj, a transportation startup that aims to bring better, user-informed bus services to metropolitan areas, announced that it plans to expand its operations to Washington, D.C., this spring. Bridj initially started testing potential bus routes in Boston last June, and released its long-awaited mobile application in January. This most recent step is helping the company to get closer to its original vision of a data-driven transit service that meets the demands of citizens in neighborhoods lacking reliable public transportation. The service saw an influx in popularity in the wake of the recent snowstorms, particularly during some of the worst MBTA and traffic woes. Read More
Magic Bus App
Wanderu launches mobile app to make bus travel easier
From left, Wanderu cofounders Igor Bratnikov and Polina Raygorodskaya (courtesy of company)
Boston-based bus travel search site Wanderu is having a productive February. Last week, the company visited Richard Branson's private Neckar Island to pitch their startup to the Virgin Group founder as part of his Extreme Tech Challenge. Today, Wanderu is launching a mobile application that the company calls the first comprehensive ground travel booking app in North America. Read More
Bus Together
Skedaddle launches its charter bus service with free trip to Sunday's Patriots game
Rob Gronkowski will be gearing up for Sunday's game. Photo: Barry Chin/Globe Staff.
Most of the chatter about busses and the New England Patriots recently has centered on Rob Gronkowski's new party bus. But early stage startup Skedaddle is doing something special this weekend to gain attention for its new bus charter reservation service by offering a free round-trip shuttle from Boston to Gillette Stadium for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Read More
Say goodbye to road rage: By 2025, the market for self-driving cars will be $42 billion
Google's latest self-driving vehicle prototype.
Fully self-driving cars will hit the road in the next decade, and Americans are ready and waiting for that day. A report published Thursday by the Boston Consulting Group brings the next 10 years into focus for makers and buyers of self-driving cars, projecting a $42 billion global market for fully autonomous vehicles by 2025. That market is expected to swell to $77 billion globally by 2035. Read More
#CES2015
The IO Hawk is like a Segway — but better
Photo via IO Hawk
While on the CES floor yesterday, I encountered John Soibatian, the president of the LA-based company IO HAWK, which has created a Segway-like device, only this thing doesn't need a handlebar and costs just $1,800. It works, too. I've ridden it. I actually think this could be a major mass market hit, if the company comes through on its plan to get the price down to $700.
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bridjing technology and transport
Private shuttle service Bridj launches new app and expands service
Photo via Bridj
Bridj, the data-driven private transportation system that has been shuttling passengers between Kendall Square, Brookline, Allston, Back Bay, Downtown, South Boston, and the Innovation District, announced expanded service Monday morning and the launch of a new app that will allow users to track their Bridj in real time and book trips in advance. Read More
Boston's Innovation History
126 years ago today, Boston launched the first electric street car
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Jan. 1, 1889 -- Just over a century and a quarter ago, Boston and New York had themselves a choice to make: clean up their respective crowded, stinking, horse-jammed roadways with cable-based transit technology a la San Francisco, soot-belching steam trains like London's, or go for broke with comparatively untested newfangled electric railways popping up in small experimental models around the country?

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Beta Testing
Test ride: The prototype electric skateboard from Dash Electric
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It would be hard to come up with a shakier scenario for testing a prototype electric skateboard: slick sidewalks from recent rain, journalist who has never been on a longboard before, snow starting to blow, and a test course shared with bikers. The skateboard was designed by Dash Electric, a Boston startup founded by Northeastern University student Ian Carlson. Last month, Dash raised $15,000 in initial funding from Rough Draft Ventures, a student-run venture team that invests money on behalf of General Catalyst Partners, a Cambridge firm. Read More
Upward momentum
Superpedestrian gets $4 million for Copenhagen Wheel, which turns bikes into hybrids
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MIT spinout Superpedestrian has added $4 million, including investments from actor Jared Leto and General Catalyst Partners, to produce its wheel that converts bicycles into electric-hybrids for easier hill-climbing and long-distance rides.

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