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Transportation Tech Innovation Zone Launched in Los Angeles

Urban Movement Labs (UML) is working with the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti to undertake a series of pilot programs to entice private companies to Los Angeles to develop and test innovation transportation technology.
November 25, 2020, 11am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Los Angeles, California
Warner Center

The city of Los Angeles is planning a Transportation Technology Innovation Zone in the West San Fernando Valley, reports Cailin Crowe.

"The innovation zone's first project will pilot a zero-emissions, last-mile delivery service to help connect homebound residents with food from local businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic," according to Crowe.

The test will conducted around the Warner Center—a neighborhood in the Valley populated by large retail and office complexes, as well as residential.

"After a few months piloting the robots, the city and an undisclosed participating company will evaluate the pilot based off a set of mutually-agreed upon performance metrics like reductions to vehicle miles traveled and emissions."

That's just the start. A future pilot will create numerous mini-mobility hubs (expected to launch in the spring) around Warner Center, and speculative future programs include efforts to cur greenhouse gas emissions, reduce water consumption, and test new transportation infrastructure, like "cool pavement."

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Published on Thursday, November 19, 2020 in Smart Cities Dive
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