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A Roster of Potential TaaS Vehicles

Previously I’ve written about how I don’ t think Transportation as a Service (TaaS), the rideshare model of electric self-driving cars will become as universal as soon as some optimists have predicted. Loss of the pride of ownership, privacy, and the “yuck” factor of shared vehicles are some factors working against it. Yet the economics […]

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Sunday Summary – July 23, 2017

‘Tis the dog days of summer when hot dogs pant furiously, ice cream cones melt and fall on sidewalks (to be licked up by hot dogs), and lucky dogs get to go swimming. A light week here on streets.mn, but here’s what we’ve got:   Look and listen Here to There Episodes 7 (SOCIAL COHESION […]

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“Here to There” Podcast Explores Human Impacts of Twin Cities Commuting

Minneapolis-based think/do tank Apparatus has launched a 10 episode podcast series called Here to There that focuses on the ways in which our daily lives and our daily commutes are inextricably linked. Each episode focuses on one human dimension of our transportation system (e.g., accessibility, affordability, sustainability, equity). The first half of each episode is an on-the-go […]

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Sunday Summary – April 10, 2016

Today is audacious and noteworthy engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s birthday (born on this date in 1806). Among other accomplishments, Brunel was Resident Engineer on the Thames Tunnel (called the 8th Wonder of the World at the time) at Rotherhithe. After narrowly escaping death when the tunnel roof collapsed, flooding the tunnel, Brunel later hosted a lavish banquet […]

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End Of Gas Stations III: Coming To A Corner Near You

Part I: Gas Stations: Not So Long For This World? Part II: Gas Stations: Will They Survive The Rise Of Plug-In Hybrids? Sidebar: Econ 101: Why I’ll Never Buy A Gas Car Again. Lifecycle Changeover: Legacy ICE Giving Way To Early Majority PEVs Tesla expects to be producing 500,000 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) per year […]

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Sunday Summary – March 27, 2016

March Madness may be taking over basketball fans’ lives and killing workplace productivity, but let’s take a moment to celebrate the Gophers Women’s Hockey team’s National Championship win over Boston College last Sunday, shall we?  Yes, that’s better. It’s been a light traffic week on streets.mn perhaps due to hockey, basketball, snow, or Spring Break, but […]

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Sunday Summary – January 31, 2016

Current events A recent UCLA study on Exclusionary Land Use Regulations and Income Segregation is the entry point to considering the current neighborhood opposition to a 6 story hotel in Uptown/Lyn-Lake Minneapolis (see more streets.mn criticism of neighborhood associations). Anton Schieffer urges “In order to create a more equitable city, Minneapolis must realize that neighborhood groups in desirable […]

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Riding in a Tesla with AutoPilot (2015)

In the Fall of 2015, the electric vehicle maker Tesla remotely upgraded its most recent model year cars (about 50,000 vehicles) with “Auto-Pilot”, making them semi-autonomous (according the NHTSA scale, late Level 2, early Level 3). Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, says he expects fully autonomous vehicles within 3 years (i.e. by 2018). I got to […]

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Upstream Impacts of Electric Vehicles Depend on Kicking Coal

In a previous post on my blog, comparing the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions of electric and fossil-powered vehicles generated a number of comments (via social media and the blog) to the effect of: “Power plants may be dirty, but you’re leaving out the upstream impact of refining the fossil fuels to power an internal combustion engine (ICE) […]

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Sunday Summary – September 13, 2015

streets.mn and Nice Ride MN Launch Crowdsourcing Bikeshare Project remains at the top of the site for a second week. If you missed it last week, click over to read about our joint project with Nice Ride Minnesota to crowdsource analysis and recommendations for the evolution of the Twin Cities bikeshare system. Nice Ride is looking for ideas, advice […]

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