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The Fastest Connection in the City

June 13, 2012 by Fabian Neuhaus

This week we started new fieldwork for a GPS tracking project in Basel, Switzerland. Earlier the UrbanDiary project tracked individuals everyday movements in the same context. See HERE and HERE for posts. With the new project the perspective is still on movement in the urban context, but the motivation is very different. Whilst the...[read more]

Mileage Meters Coming Soon?

I recently read this article in The New York Times regarding tracking the miles that drivers travel, and taxing them accordingly. I recall having discussions on this same topic in a sustainability course during my fifth year of university. We had debates on if this was actually fair to drivers: What about housing prices? Or family situations? Or transit options? All of these factors could change if a person could afford to live closer to work compared to the need to commute longer distances.[read more]

Crowdsourcing Realtime Transit Updates

Real-time data crowdsourced from transit riders will improve information sharing for Pittsburgh's public transport. Photo by Amphis [email protected] Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University released a new smartphone application that will help transit users create a database of real-time information of their local transit agencies....[read more]

Improving Fuel Economy through Eco-Routing

August 3, 2011 by Bob Leonard

Automobile navigation devices are designed to get drivers from Point A to Point B as fast as possible. This is accomplished by directing drivers on routes with high speeds and infrequent stops (such as highways) or along roads that cover the smallest distance in total miles traveled. However, getting from start to finish as fast as...[read more]

Social Bicycles: Bikeshare Everywhere

July 5, 2011 by Donovan Gillman

From, a project for social bicycles: We need your help to introduce a flexible, scalable, and affordable bike sharing system that makes cycling more accessible and interactive. Over the last few years, bike sharing has spread across the world and become a new transportation alternative in cities such as Paris, London,...[read more]

10 Ways Geolocation is Changing the World

July 28, 2010 by Mark Lovett

  This post was written by Rob Reed. He is the founder of MomentFeed, a location-based marketing, strategy, and technology firm. Location technologies are transforming how we experience, navigate, and ultimately better our world. From the global to the local, here are #10Ways geolocation is a positive force for good. Social...[read more]

Draw your Landscape

July 9, 2010 by Fabian Neuhaus

A new GPS drawing project by Jeremy Wood (earlier on uT with the dog drawings and the dragon) has hit the online news. A contextual landscape map drawn by walking the landscape and tracing it with a GPS. Couldn't be more simple as engadget points out: "walk around in the defined area with a GPS unit and end up with a 1:1 scale map of...[read more]

Territoriality - Mapping Individual City Perspectives

June 25, 2010 by Fabian Neuhaus

How do we identify our selves with the spaces we use and how do we navigate with the many obstacles the urban environment contains?Living in the city means to constantly negotiate spaces as well as navigate space. This becomes more difficult under the density aspect as well as the mobility aspects. Also the cycles of change are very...[read more]

In Defense of a VMT

February 9, 2010 by Ryan Avent

Matt writes: I’m a supporter of higher taxes, so if I were a Senator and someone was bringing a vehicle miles traveled tax to the floor I suppose I’d be prepared to support it. But the sporadic bouts of enthusiasm for this idea are really baffling. As public policy, a VMT has no advantages whatsoever over higher gasoline taxes....[read more]