Category Archives: SoLoMo

Life List #6/150 Write a Sequel to Unleashing the Roadwarrior

It’s been 15 years since I wrote and published Unleashing the Road Warrior and it’s interesting both how much has changed and how little has changed. I was planning on writing a book about traffic congestion on our roads and … Continue reading

Posted in Auckland, Autonomous cars, Business, Business Consultant, Communications, Consultant, driving, Education, Foresight, Future, Futurist, good books, human logic, Innovation, Location Based Consultant, Location Based Servces, Motoring, motorway, Smart City, Society, SoLoMo, TDM, Technology, telecommunications, the future, traffic congestion, Traffic Control, traffic demand, traffic design, Traffic jam, Traffic Management, Traffic Optimization, travel demand management | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Animated Maps Illustrate the Hell of Bay Area Commuting

Your hellish commute has never looked so pretty. A new set of animated maps plots the commutes of 3.3 million Bay Area residents commuting to 110,000 destinations. Sourced through Scoop.it from: http://www.wired.com When was the last time you looked at … Continue reading

Posted in car tracking, cars, commuting, congestion, driver behavior, drivers, driving, Intelligent Transport Systems, Location Based Servces, Map data, Motoring, Public Transport, real time traffic, SoLoMo, traffic, traffic congestion, Traffic Control, traffic demand, traffic design, Traffic Information, Traffic jam, Traffic Management, Traffic Optimization, Transport, travel demand management | Leave a comment

San Francisco firm Uber to bring private car-hailing app technology to Taiwan – WantChinaTimes

Whilst WantChinaTimes San Francisco firm Uber to bring private car-hailing app technology to Taiwan WantChinaTimes The apps, when downloaded to the user’s smartphone, detect the Global Positioning System’s (GPS) space-based satellite navigation system and…

Source: www.wantchinatimes.com

Whilst legislation may need to catch up, the reality is that this is a new wave of transportation.

 

I hear and understand a lot of complaints from the existing industries, but there are many arguments in favor of this evolution. It could mean fewer cars on the road. That has to be good from a green perspective.

 

One way the existing taxi industry could compete is by allowing passengers to rate existing taxi drivers, because there are drivers who take their customers ‘the long way round’ and this is one of the reasons that the whole industry gets a bad name.

 

A classic example I hear frequently is asking the passenger which route to take. This is a way of letting the driver off if they take the longer or more congested route. They should all be using solutions such as Waze or TomTom with real time traffic. If they are professional, then most of the time they know the fastest route at any time of day

 

Taxi companies should read ‘What Would Google Do’ by Jeff Jarvis. If they uniformly provided a great service, people would not be wanting other services. These new services could not get off the ground or survive if the existing ones were providing a great solution.

 

Just like book stores, record stores and other industries, the taxi industry needs to keep reinventing itself or others will take over. That is the nature of change.

 

With my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, I believe there is a global conspiracy. There is a central location on the planet where they send taxi drivers to countries where they don’t speak the local language and don’t know the local road network.

 

Continue reading

Posted in Apps, Car Navigation, Google, GPS, Location Based Consultant, Location Based Services, Mobile Apps, Motoring, Scoop.it, SmartPhone, SoLoMo, Travel | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Feds Looking To Regulate Navigation Apps Like Google Maps – Auto World News

Auto World News Feds Looking To Regulate Navigation Apps Like Google Maps Auto World News TechCrunch listed Google Maps, Waze, Apple Maps and Nokia Maps as navigation apps that would come under the new guidelines, which officials say would only… Continue reading

Posted in Car Navigation, Gadgets, GPS, GPS Tracking, Innovation, Location Based Consultant, Mobile Apps, Motoring, Proximity Based Marketing, Scoop.it, SmartPhone, Social Media, SoLoMo | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

You Live in Alabama. Here’s How You’re Going to Die. – Slate Magazine

See on Scoop.it – Location Is Everywhere Slate Magazine You Live in Alabama. Here’s How You’re Going to Die. Slate Magazine Two months ago, I wrote about the fun and the pitfalls of viral maps, a feature that included 88 … Continue reading

Posted in Apps, Location Based Consultant, Maps, Market Research, Marketing, SoLoMo | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

New App Tracks Your Family Like Fleet Cars

See on Scoop.it – Location Is Everywhere Since the early days of GPS and the Internet, truckers and fleet managers have used new technologies to keep tabs on the vehicles they oversee. Now, those same tools can help individuals manage … Continue reading

Posted in Apps, Fleet Management, GPS, GPS Tracking, Mobile Apps, Motoring, Sensors, SoLoMo, The Location Guru | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

7 Cool things that airlines could do with Google Glass that would add value

See on Scoop.it – Location Is Everywhere Ever heard of an airline staff receiving and checking in a passenger at the counter using cutting-edge technology like Google Glass or a smartwatch? Yes, this is now a reality. The facility is … Continue reading

Posted in Apps, Augmented Reality, Business Consultant, Business Intelligence, Gadgets, Google, GPS, GPS Tracking, Innovation, Internet of Things, Location Based Consultant, Loyalty, People, Proximity Based Marketing, Public Transport, SmartPhone, SoLoMo, The Location Guru, Tourism, Travel, Virtual Reality | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment