Three US cities join forces to digitally manage scooter traffic

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Spotted: Three cities in the United States are teaming up to pilot a new software system that coordinates payments for using rideshare scooters and bikes. Developed by Passport, the platform will provide city governments with a digital infrastructure for coordinating multiple micro-mobility service providers.

Commuters will be able to make mobile payments for travel and parking. Agencies and service providers can manage tolls, ticketing and permits online. It will be the first time that data analysis and software are used by a city to manage such a system, including the collection of payments for scooter parking.

The cities — Charlotte, North Carolina; Omaha, Nebraska; and Detroit, Michigan — are hoping that a collaborative approach will help them better manage scooter and bike traffic. They will share analysis of bike and scooter distribution and patterns of use. The goal is to provide a more equitable distribution of vehicles and improve overall road safety and traffic management.

Takeaway: Keeping up with innovation in transport is tough for the governments and agencies tasked with keeping citizens safe, especially as micro-mobility and autonomous transport systems proliferate. Passport is doing its part by not only providing the software platform to manage intricate transportation ecosystems, but has invested $5 million to help cities create the digital infrastructure that is needed to do so.  Taking a cue from the shipping industry could inspire more ways forward. VR, AR and geospatial data are all being used to increase efficiency and safety. Rotterdam uses geospatial data in the port to help integrate the use of autonomous vehicles and human operations. And a Dutch shipbuilding company uses immersive technology to train on-board staff and give clients tours of partially completed boats.

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