Commuter Shuttle Pilot Launches Today

San Francisco’s Commuter Shuttle Pilot program launches today. Approved in January, this 18-month pilot will test sharing a limited network of specifically selected Muni zones with permitted commuter shuttles. For the first time, commuter shuttle pick-up and drop-off locations will be regulated.

The SFMTA has created a network of zones for permitted shuttles to use. The designated network of is comprised of shared Muni zones and Commuter Shuttle permit-only white zones. Check out the pilot network as a map or in list form.  Signage on shelters or bus poles indicates which zones are included in the pilot network.

Commuter shuttles with permits will bear placards on the front and rear of their vehicles. Placards include unique 5-digit number that will help SFMTA resolve questions and complaints.

Feedback is important!
Please let us know if you see:
·         Shuttles using stops outside of the network
·         Unsafe behavior
·         Shuttle use of restricted streets
·         Locations where conditions are improved

Please provide location, time, direction, placard number, photograph (if possible) to help us follow up appropriately.

Use the 311 e-form to submit feedback.

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Recap: What Is The Future Of The Car?

by George McIntire : the bolditalic – excerpt Jul 28 at 10am

If you take a look at past conceptualizations of what the future will look like, they almost always involve flying cars. Those obviously don’t exist, but that concept was an underlying theme about the importance of cars and transportation in decades to come. At our “Gearing Up: The Future Of The Car” tech panel last Monday (co-hosted with General Assembly and sponsored by Metromile), we brought together a group an extremely knowledgeable panelists from different backgrounds to discuss what path cars and technology will take in the future.

Panel Lineup:
Moderator: Damon Lavrinc, Silicon Valley Correspondent, Jalopnik
Dan Preston, CEO, MetroMile
Danny Shapiro, Director of Marketing, NVIDIA
Ezra Goldman, Founder & CEO Upshift
Steven Rahman, Director of Technology & Research, Samsung Research America

We live in a time where technology moves at an increasingly rapid pace. Each year there’s a new iPhone with a smaller and faster microchip. Cars and the technology they employ seem to be an exception to that rule. The question of why cars don’t innovate as fast as our other tech gadgets was the first one to be tackled by our panel. Shapiro highlighted safety as a key factor. “The car is a life or death situation, which requires more engineering, testing, and work than other technologies.” The panelists agreed that the room for error is much smaller for cars and this translates to slower innovation and upgrading.

The panel’s primary focus was what the near future of driving will look like, analyzing what we’re likely to see by the year 2020 or 2025. Four experts were in accordance that data will play an even larger part in our experience. We’re very likely to see more sensors and even cameras installed in our vehicles that will be used to improve the safety and comfort of driving. Facial recognition could be used to replace keys and to alert the driver that his/her driving is unsafe.

Halfway through, Lavrinc decided he to address the “800-pound gorilla in the room” which is the subject of autonomous/self-driving cars. He asked the audience if they would like to see or own one, and the majority raised their hands.

As for it actually happening? The panelists threw cold water on that prospect and basically said don’t hold your breath. Figuring out the insurance and liability issue is something that will take years to solve. However, this is a goal that tech and automakers are diligently working on, as evidenced by the fact that every major car company has a presence in Silicon Valley(more)