Tucson Festival of Books & Metropia Parking 2016

The Tucson Festival of Books takes place on March 12th and 13th on the University of Arizona campus, and while the entire community is thrilled about this annual assembly of desert bibliophiles, impending traffic congestion seems sure to follow.
Supported by partnerships with UA Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) and Pima Association of Governments, homegrown traffic solution app, Metropia, is determined to alleviate gridlock by getting attendees to and from the festival with less fuss.

The Metropia app will display paid, unpaid, and disabled parking lot icons during the festival. App users will be able to select a specific available parking lot as their new destination, thus...

DUO Carpooling Features Launched

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Metropia, Inc., creators of the mobile app system to alleviate traffic congestion, today announced the release of DUO (Driving Up Occupancy), a new feature to the app that rewards both drivers and passengers across Austin with additional points when they actively choose to cut down on traffic and harmful CO2 emissions by sharing a ride.

“With DUO, we are incentivizing and rewarding those who participate in casual carpooling because their actions can significantly reduce the number of cars on the road,” said Mia Zmud, vice president of ecosystem partnerships at Metropia. “Now friends, families, co-workers and more can take action by carpooling and be rewarded with additional points that can be cashed in at local businesses like Tacodeli and Luke’s Locker.”

By using an analysis of GPS coordinates, DUO pinpoints passengers and drivers...

February 1st, 2016 - Tucson, Arizona During the weekend of January 22nd through 24th the University of Arizona’s Science and Engineering Library hosted student hackers from 35 different colleges for the largest hackathon in the Southwest - Hack Arizona.

This annual talent pipeline offers university students of all tech backgrounds and experience levels the chance to break into teams and tackle challenges provided by event sponsors. Put on by the University and Innovate UA, this 36-hour race from project conception to presentation saw great success this year with over 97 completed projects presented by teams on the final day.

Of the many teams and challenges to be hacked, it was Tucson Flux Team that met Metropia’s Data Visualization Challenge. The Data Visualization Challenge was to visualize and rationalize Metropia data, discerning the patterns and...

Feb. 2, 2016 - Tucson, Arizona  Metropia, Inc., in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), was awarded a lead role in developing an architecture that incentivizes drivers to improve their commuting behavior through more energy-efficient  choices.

This effort, funded by the TRANSNET program, a national initiative by the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), selected five high-potential, ground-breaking technologies to revolutionize the energy efficiency of the transportation sector. The other selected teams are Palo Alto Research Center, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of Maryland at College Park.

NREL is partnering with Metropia to leverage their urban analytics platform including...

Metropia to Sponsor Largest Hackathon in the Southwest – Hack Arizona

More than 800 student participants from universities all over the nation will rally in UA’s Science and Engineering Library this weekend (January 22nd to 24th) to “hack” various projects crafted to benefit health, sustainability, and the Tucson community. The annual event, known as Hack Arizona, is a recognized talent pipeline where university students of all technology applications and experience levels can find one another and work with mentors to complete projects they develop themselves.

The hackathon was first held last year in the Science and Engineering Library after the University and Innovate UA teamed up and arranged for it in an effort to challenge and support tech-minded students.

Local traffic solution creator, Metropia Inc., will be...

Metropia helps users get to their destinations more quickly and provides them with perks for doing so. But that’s not the only thing Metropia does.

The Metropia app uses urban analytics to help those commuters to and from their destinations. Urban analytics, or data about when, where, how, and how fast bodies and vehicles move through urban space, provides valuable information for developers, government decision-makers, and entrepreneurs.

Here are 10 things urban analytics can do beyond helping you get to work on time.

1. Provide information about travel patterns.

If city officials are thinking of adding another lane to a highway, or are considering reducing lanes on a street, they can use urban analytics to parse data about how those decisions would affect traffic congestion—and whether or not it is ultimately worth it to spend the money...

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is starting a pilot program called “Drive Smart,” which uses technology innovations to help drivers save money, save time, and drive more safely. DOT is seeking 400 qualified drivers to join the pilot program. Drivers will receive a custom On Board Diagnostic Device (OBD-II) from DOT. Once connected, the device will collect and transmit data from a car’s on board computer directly to the driver’s smartphone and to the Drive Smart secure cloud server, where it will be used to provide a range of services back to the driver free of charge. Applicants can apply at www.drivesmartnyc.com.

“The ‘Drive Smart’ technology pilot will help drivers save money and drive more safely, and...

Austin Flooding ATXFloods Mobile App

Metropia wants to keep Central Texas drivers safe, which is why it has integrated with ATXfloods to provide its mobile app users with updates on low water crossings across Central Texas.

According to the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department, about 75 percent of flood fatalities occur in vehicles. By implementing the ATXfloods application programming interface (API), app users will have access to the latest low water crossing updates to help them avoid flooded roads.

“We want drivers to be safe at all times. By implementing the ATXfloods’ API, Metropia app users not only receive critical road closure...

Sunday, May 17th to Thursday, May 25th, 2015 | Atlantic City, N.J.

Metropia team members Robert Tung, Mia Zmud, and Vassilis Papayannoulis, will be presenting the Metropia App and the technology that facilitates it at the National Transportation Planning Applications Conference this week in New Jersey. Work co-authored by Metropia founder, Yi-Chang Chiu, will also be presented during the conference. The team will focus in particular on Data Collection & Management, GPS Trajectories, Data Visualization, and Trip Based Modeling during their several separate presentations.

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) envisions the conference as a “constructive forum for the exchange of transportation...

Metropia and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority kick off app-based traffic solution


AUSTIN, TX (May 6, 2015) 

Metropia, Inc., creators of a new mobile app system to alleviate traffic congestion, officially announced its Austin kickoff today as part of a Transportation Forum co-hosted by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.

A metro mobility management platform, Metropia has partnered with the Mobility Authority to provide its mobile users with the most accurate and predictive traffic routing across the greater Austin area. This helps users determine their optimal commute and makes use of existing roadway capacity by directing drivers to less crowded roads and freeways, easing congestion throughout the city.

“Austin’s traffic is the fourth worst in the country and has been in the top four since 2008,” said Mia Zmud, principal of Metropia Austin. “There is no singular solution to tackle this congestion....