Mobile Apps

September 22, 2016, 8am PDT
On-demand laundry service Washio is only the most recent "Uber-for-X" startup to shut down.
July 30, 2016, 5am PDT
CityLab reviews the "Skyscraper" mobile app game, from Tinybop, Inc.
Blog post
July 13, 2016, 8am PDT
Planners across the globe have been exploring opportunities to use augmented reality to enhance the way the public engages with the city. Over the last few days Pokémon Go took off, and now people are wandering across cities to catch Pokémon.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
Blog post
May 6, 2016, 6am PDT
With the constellation of civic technologies, like online community engagement platforms, growing quickly, it's important to recognize the positive and negative consequences of new practices in community engagement.
Dave Biggs
May 5, 2016, 5am PDT
Google Maps has changed a lot since its quick rise to ubiquity. An intrepid blogger digs into the nitty gritty of how the mapping platform has changed, and the consequences of Google's cartography for how the public perceives the world.
Justin O'Beirne
April 9, 2016, 7am PDT
Apps that improve city living and quality of life in cities are coming to the market seemingly every day. That's fine: it would be impossible to have too many apps for exploring options in street food.
The City Fix
March 8, 2016, 11am PST
Vehicle crashes at grade crossings have emerged as a top priority for Sarah Feinberg, the new Federal Railroad Administrator. Fatalities at rail crossings in 2014 increased by 15 percent from 2013.
Progressive Railroading
March 3, 2016, 11am PST
Professor Zhenghong Tang, from the Community and Regional Planning Program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, taps mobile tech, aids access to environmental data.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
February 28, 2016, 7am PST
The Likeways app offers a "Space Recommender System" that aims to return serendipity to the process of navigating a city.
February 17, 2016, 9am PST
Get this guide for 21 apps and services for enjoying the city of Los Angeles to its fullest, whether you're a resident or a visitor.
January 27, 2016, 9am PST
A public-private partnership between Xerox and the city of Los Angeles rolls out a new mobile trip-planning app to the public today. Now it's on the city's residents to use this new power wisely.
James Brasuell
January 17, 2016, 7am PST
The trip planning app Moovit this week announced a big upgrade, bringing together bikeshare info from cities around the world into one place.
December 18, 2015, 12pm PST
A new app called Walc makes navigating while walking easier to do. Even more ambitiously, Walc aims to make it easier to make the choice to walk, rather than drive.
Fast Coexist
November 25, 2015, 1pm PST
Never go to a gas station again. We're not talking about transit—we're talking about an app that sends people to your car to fill it up with gas with no service charge.
Los Angeles Times
August 12, 2015, 6am PDT
Some people dream of jet packs, others dream of using a smartphone to navigate between transit systems and modes without needing to stop to buy a new fare card.
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
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 10, 2015, 11am PDT
A recent post on Mobility Lab explains some of the challenges developers encounter when creating the multi-modal trip planner apps of our dreams.
Mobility Lab
March 3, 2015, 7am PST
A free app, still very nascent in its adoption, alerts drivers to the presence of bikers.
The Chicago Bicycle Advocate