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25 April 2018

Elon Musk Talks About Bringing Autonomous Transport to Cities

Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, said that he is working on a self-driving vehicle that could replace buses and other public transport vehicles. Tesla Motors have already brought autonomous technologies to roads. Examples include the features of lane-changing and self-parking controls, which will be available on Model 3 of Tesla’s Model S and X. Musk also stressed the need to solve the high-density urban transport problem and even though he was not willing to provide more information, he stated that an idea exists for something that is not exactly a bus but would solve this problem.
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Diesel tax set to increase

The UK’s Transport Secretary, has proposed an increase on tax for diesel in an effort to cut down on air pollution. His statement has caused great concern among haulage firms, since increased taxes would result to higher costs to deliver goods. This will ultimately influence prices for consumers. This decision was based on an estimation of the Royal College of Physicians that around 40,000 people die sooner than expected in the UK each year due to air pollution. The also stated that this increased air pollution is due to the amount of diesel cars on the road day by day.
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18 April 2018

New Commission online tool to measure fuel costs and CO2 emissions of your car journey

The Joint Research Center has developed an online tool to help citizens estimate fuel costs and CO2 emissions of their daily commute or holiday trips by car. The “Green Driving Tool” estimates the fuel costs and CO2 emissions based on variables such as car segment, engine power, fuel type and driving cycle. This tool uses detailed map data and vehicle simulations; thus it is expected to raise awareness of the impact of car journeys and support citizens to make decisions on their use of cars.
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Vienna, Igoumenitsa and Turda: winners of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards 2017

The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award showcases local authorities that demonstrate significant efforts in promoting sustainable urban mobility, while the SUMP Award recognises outstanding sustainable urban mobility planning. This edition of the SUMP award focused on shared mobility in the planning process. Vienna, Igoumenitsa and Turda were selected by an independent panel of mobility and transport experts and will each receive a promotional video highlighting their achievements.

Transport Publics 2018, the European Mobility Exhibition

Users’ expectations of public transport are increasingly stringent – and diverse. Consequently, the challenge is to respond to demand in a variety of ways: innovating in terms of multimodal solutions and promoting complementary offerings, geared to current lifestyles and the requirements of sustainable development.

Smart Move Challenge: special focus on Mobility Startups

In a new development for 2018, Transports Publics, the European Mobility Exhibition, is organising the first edition of the European “Smart Move Challenge” from 19 February to 13 June, 2018. The contest will reward innovations developed by mobility startups.

13 April 2018

Pedestrians First: Tools for a Walkable City

Walkability is a crucial first step in creating sustainable transportation in an urban environment.
​Effectively understanding and measuring the complex ecology of walkability has proven challenging for many organizations and governments, given the various levels of policy-making and implementation involved. In the past, Western and Eurocentric standards have permeated measurement attempts and have included data collection practices that are too complicated to have utility in many parts of the world or at a level beyond that of the neighborhood.

Mobile technology connects Montreal’s transport network

Public transit users in the Montréal metropolitan area now have access to a mobile application called Chrono. Chrono is a mobile app available free of charge for smartphones running the iOS or Android operating systems. The app helps to provide streamlined journeys to its users with continual real-time information, whilst enabling public transport operators to become mobility managers.

Diesel cars' emissions far higher on road than in lab, tests show

Based on a UK government investigation, it was revealed that diesel cars produce many times more health-damaging pollutants than the ones reported during laboratory tests. A study by the Department for Transport (DfT) was performed and a vast difference in n nitrogen oxide emissions measured in the laboratory and under normal driving conditions was detected. The DfT said that no vehicles outside the VW group with systems in place to deliberately rig emissions figures were found. Based on the same study, none of the 37 top-selling vehicles that were claimed to have met the previous Euro 5 limit of 180 mg/km, in place from 2009 until last year, stayed within that legal level when driven on the road.
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Road Transport: Commission adopts common rules to facilitate enforcement and enhance road safety

The European Commission has adopted a series of rules applicable to road hauliers and road passenger transport operators. A common classification of serious road safety infringements under transport legislation is included, as well as new specifications for smart tachographs (the device that records driving times of lorry, bus and coach drivers) making the best use of new digital technologies. The objective is to enhance road safety, contribute to a fairer competition between road transport operators and to facilitate a consistent enforcement of EU rules across borders.
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