Apps

Feature
November 23, 2015, 2pm PST
One idea for how to make transit better is rolling out in cities across the country: mobile payment of fares on smartphones.
Regina R. Clewlow
November 23, 2015, 12pm PST
One of the earliest researchers at Skype makes a compelling case for one of the potential applications of artificial intelligence: helping humans decide where and how to migrate.
Medium
November 9, 2015, 10am PST
Whether you're a lifelong resident of Boston, just moving there, or simply passing through, this guide has 18 apps and services for navigating and enjoying the city life to its fullest.
Netted
October 16, 2015, 9am PDT
Several Los Angeles neighborhoods, Venice in particular, have become hotbeds of short-term rental activity. Upset by a stream of raucous visitors, residents wonder whether the city can—or will—enforce regulations on platforms like Airbnb.
The Los Angeles Times
October 12, 2015, 6am PDT
From a new Silicon Valley facility, Mercedes' R&D department is developing car-share services based on a vision of 21st-century suburbs. The company is also testing self-driving prototypes and electric models.
GreenBiz
August 31, 2015, 7am PDT
Facing tough competition from Uber, New York City's neighborhood car service providers are using apps to retain clientele. The jury's still out on whether adaptation will help them stay in business.
The New York Times
July 26, 2015, 11am PDT
Chicago's Metropolitan Planning Council has released a new toolbox full of interactive features intended to assist transit oriented development.
Chi.Streetsblog
July 25, 2015, 5am PDT
Interested in finding the road less traveled by? Walkonomics has launched in seven cities around the globe.
ASLA The Dirt
July 23, 2015, 12pm PDT
Into an active development environment, and the resulting heightened pitch of development controversies, comes a new app from the city of Seattle that allows the public to track development projects.
Puget Sound Business Journal
July 23, 2015, 10am PDT
A publicly available web tool allows access to maps that overlay environmental impacts and the populations they impact (or the populations that manage to avoid such impacts, for that matter).
Smithsonian Magazine
July 11, 2015, 7am PDT
In the ongoing quest to better measure the use of streets by all modes—a new tool could be a game changer for transportation engineers, planners, and advocates alike.
Streetsblog USA
Blog post
July 10, 2015, 9am PDT
Do you remember going on a treasure hunt as a child? Treasure hunts are becoming increasingly popular with adults, as well as children. Technology has enabled mobile treasure hunts with cities across the world hosting hunts.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
Blog post
July 9, 2015, 10am PDT
Search engines and mobile apps are becoming increasingly localized and personalized, providing recommendations based on who and where we are. These changes have the potential to impact our cities by encouraging people to broaden their experiences.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
May 27, 2015, 9am PDT
As transportation network companies like Uber and Bridj make it easier for some to opt out of the public transit system, a new app would help transit agencies offer more user-centric services.
Fast Co.Exist
April 29, 2015, 6am PDT
With over 162,000 full- or part-time "driver partners" nationwide, Uber is an employment giant. The company's 20,000 Bay Area workers place it among the top five regional employers.
SFGate
April 24, 2015, 8am PDT
A suburban city in the East Bay Area will allow commuters to use a new app that links their smartphones to traffic lights.
San Jose Mercury News
Blog post
April 3, 2015, 2pm PDT
Many smartphone users have a fitness app that they use to track their routes and progress on fitness goals. The data in these apps is a gold mine for planners, helping lead to better infrastructure investments.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
March 26, 2015, 5am PDT
New technology could open a new era of independence for blind and visually impaired residents of communities everywhere.
Urbanful
March 21, 2015, 7am PDT
California's Department of Parks and Recreation is getting into the app business. It is hoped that CaliParks will help improve access to the state's parks for young people and minorities.
The Bold Italic
March 8, 2015, 5am PDT
Successful driverless cars might lead to "mini mass transit," a distinct mode from public transit and the private automobile. The consequences for land use could reshape suburbia.
The Greater Marin