TIS Weekly (#60): Time To Move On

[July 31st, 2016]

It’s the last day of July! That means the last day of Transport month, or what we’re going to call it from now on: Mobility. After seeing all those amazing videos this month, it’s safe to say we’re going places! Our featured theme of next month will be Sports, but we’ll continue to keep an eye out for the latest updates on Hyperloop and other exciting mobility projects. Here’s our selection of this month’s best videos!

Real-time traffic information

Waze is a community-based traffic and navigation application that lets you share real-time data with other drivers. Waze gathers real-time traffic information such as traffic jams and accidents on the road, while also keeping track of changed routes and road blocks.

In single file

By 2025, 70 percent of all freight transport will travel along public roads and place enormous pressure on the European highway infrastructure and the environment. In comes ‪truck platooning! In truck platooning, trucks slipstream very close behind each other and communicate via wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communication.

“Electric cars will be the new normal.”

When we look at the bigger picture of the automotive industry, the changes in the next 10 years will be bigger than the changes in the last 30 years. There will be a shift from automotive to automobility. BMW’s VP Wortmann and Formula-E’s CEO Agag will discuss autonomous driving, e-mobility, seamless connectivity and the new business models that go with it.

A huge bus sliding smoothly through traffic

This Transit Explore Bus is China’s answer to clogged up streets and traffic jams. According to the Guardian this ‘elevated bus is capable of gliding over the nightmarish mega-jams for which urban China has become notorious.’ A prototype will be deployed in the coastal city of Qinhuangdao later this summer.

Taking the tubes

In 2013, SpaceX and Elon Musk announced their concept for a high-speed ground transport system called Hyperloop. It is supposed to cut the commute between San Francisco and Los Angeles down to 30 minutes. The design competition for the Hyperloop pods is well underway, and pods will be tested in the summer of 2016.

OK that’s it for this week, friends of innovation. Keep on submitting, keep on voting, keep on innovating. Questions? Remarks? Ideas? hello@tis.tv is the address! From TIS with love, Erwin Blom.