Los Angeles will soon have an ‘innovation zone’ for testing mobility products

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced the city’s first construction Transportation Technology Innovation Zone – An area where private sector firms can test their transportation technology solutions.

Designed by Mayor Garcetti and City Council Bob Blumenfield, the area is one of the premier events Urban Movement Laboratories (UML) – the transportation solutions accelerator launched in November 2019 – and aims to transform the Warner Center neighborhood into ‘one of LA’s mobility innovation and workforce development centers’.

The first pilot of the zone will be a zero-emission, last-mile delivery service to help connect home residents with food from local businesses amid the COVID-19 epidemic. The initiative was selected based on feedback from community members, businesses and innovators.

Model zone

“Transportation and technology each have the potential to connect communities, create jobs and contribute to progress in sustainability, equity and economic growth – and Los Angeles takes pride in serving as a testing ground for dynamic and innovative mobility solutions , “Said Mayor Garcetti.

“First the Transportation Technology Innovation Zone will unite local businesses, workers and inventors to revolutionize mobility in the West Valley, and it will serve as a model for more areas to come online in areas across Los Angeles. “

In May, UML released Request information (RFI) To understand the market for products and services, it then conducted local interviews, workshops and completed qualitative, quantitative research in the field.

A second pilot project, which is set to launch in the spring, will create a mini-mobility hub across the locality.

The newly appointed board of UML includes experts from the mobility innovation industry, including Ashley Hand, co-founder Cityfi; Justin Johnson, Mobility Strategist at Ford Smart Mobility; And Veronica Siranosian, vice president AECOM Ventures.

Open Mobility Foundation

Lily Shop, interim executive director of Urban Movement Labs, said: “With initiatives like UML that accelerate transportation solutions, and the Open Mobility Foundation, which gives policy makers the digital tools they need to control emerging mobility. , Mayer Garcetti and LADOT are the pioneers. A conversation on how to embed equity, sustainability and access in our urban mobility future. “

Launched in 2019, Open Mobility Foundation Private sector firms (including Bird, Spin and Microsoft) were brought in and nonprofits such as The Rockefeller Foundation And Metrolab NetworkTo bridge the gap between data and mobility with LA and 14 other US cities.

Through this Mobility data specification (MDS) – a data-sharing standard that facilitates the exchange of anonymous data between transportation operators and municipal transport departments – cities received greater oversight of micromobility usage in their cities, and informed future plans Insight to do. MDS was initially developed by LA and has since been adopted by many other cities through the Open Mobility Foundation.

However, the initiative was not without its opponents, which led to A. Long legal battle Between LA and Uber.

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Published December 24, 2020 – 15:00 UTC