We need more forward thinking like this to make cities more livable and to improve transportation.
There are a lot of solutions out there to improve the transit experience. They don’t all involve throwing money at the same old bus and subway systems.
Apps like Flow from Alphabet have the ability to improve the experience of all people moving into, out of and through a city.
Flow packs sticks as well as carrots. An “optimised parking enforcement” module would use AI algorithms to calculate the most lucrative routes for parking cops, earning a medium-sized city another $4m in fines.
Sidewalk also wants to redefine public transport. Flow Transit would integrate information and payment for almost every form of transport into Google Maps. Choose a destination and the app will estimate a journey price and duration using everything from buses and taxis to Uber, Lyft, car-share services like Zipcar and even bike-shares.