My Statesman - Austin

In the Sept. 3 Viewpoints editorial, the American-Statesman argued that traffic congestion will increase in Austin, and that our community needs a tech solution to solve it. I want to thank the Statesman for recognizing this key issue and say that I agree that we need multiple resources to address our traffic woes. In fact, at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, that is what we do.

We’re here to build mobility solutions. Sometimes it’s a road, sometimes not. We built the 183A Toll road in Cedar Park and Leander, which has transformed those communities even as they have experienced exponential growth. We built the U.S. 290 toll road between Austin and Manor, which tripled the capacity of the previous road while improving the nontoll lanes that were there before. We’re not a private company; we’re a local and accountable agency established by the people of Travis and...

Arizona Daily Star

Yi-Chang Chiu remembers what he was thinking when he was founding Metropia, a technology company that grew out of his University of Arizona research.

After working with the UA’s Office of Technology Transfer to create a prototype and file a patent, “The first question that came to me was ‘OK, I’m a professor, I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about in terms of setting up a company,’” Chiu said.

“I had zero experience raising capital, hiring employees, developing a business plan. Those kinds of things were over my head.”

He turned to the Arizona Center for Innovation to help develop his company, which aims to improve traffic and transportation through an app.

The Arizona Center for Innovation, a business incubator also known as AzCi, is a component of the UA Tech Park.

AzCi broadened its focus...

Arizona Public Media®

A local company is launching a new app it thinks can help reduce traffic congestion, cut back on carbon emissions, and help give information about what roads need improvement.

Metropia's smartphone app analyzes current traffic conditions and uses turn-by-turn directions to get users to their destination as quickly as possible.

It also shows drivers how long their commute will be based on what time they leave.

The app will reward users for taking more ecological travel options by allowing them to earn points that go towards gift certificates.

The University of Arizona's Tech Launch Arizona helped UA professor Yi-Chang Chiu get Metropia off the ground and to launch.

"The goal is to get to the point where commuters start to realize they are part of the congestion, and they can be part of the solution," said Chiu.

The Metropia app will also...