UC Berkeley

Berkeley, CA – Metropia, Inc.’s Founder and CEO Dr. Yi-Chang Chiu will join other transportation experts as a presenter in a two-day workshop called, “Designing Innovative Transportation Systems Solutions: Starting with Data”, to be held at the University of California at Berkeley’s Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing in May.

Hosted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies, the workshop will bring together leaders from government, academia, and transportation industries with a shared goal of exploring “future scenarios that integrate emerging transportation solutions, their estimated population acceptance, the impact on mobility patterns and the consequent grid requirements as well as energy use and dependence on fossil fuels.”

Conversations will focus on the rapidly evolving...

Stoked about South by Southwest, but not too thrilled about the T-R-A-F-F-I-C? We hear ya, which is why the Metropia team’s  back at it again for a third year--to help you maximize your travel experience on the roads during  Austin’s largest festival. Check out what we’ve got planned for you this year and how you can be a part of it!

March 10-19: Metropia’s Helping You Navigate Around Traffic during SXSW

The Metropia team along with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority are collaborating with the Austin Transportation Department to help Austinites and visitors get around during South by Southwest.

Metropia’s operations team are stationed at the Austin Transportation Department Traffic Management Center (TMC), monitoring all things traffic, from road closures to unexpected incidents. Austin-...

Metropia and PAG at Technology and Transportation Summit

Metropia is a proud sponsor and participant of the inaugural Pima Association of Governments’ (PAG) Technology and Transportation Summit this October 13, 2016

Metropia’s Dr. Yi-Chang Chiu will be participating in the Technology and Transportation Summit in Tucson, Arizona, presenting on transportation and mobility alternatives through app-based platforms and GPS data collection to enhance and optimize operations of transportation systems.

Dr. Chiu will first be speaking and leading a panel of industry and academic experts about Shared Mobility. The discussion will center on the role of technology in increasing mobility options and optimizing municipal resources. 

In addition, a panel on Active Traffic and Multimodal Demand Management, lead by Metropia’s founder will focus on advanced...

Metropia app for traffic

It’s in every phone and every new car, and without it, most of us in the United States would very literally be lost without it. Global Positioning System, or GPS navigation, is of vital import to our everyday lives now; but do know how GPS navigation came to be the standard and most commonly used form of navigation in the Western world?

History of GPS

The history of GPS navigation may seem relatively new, but the technology that was used to create the GPS systems of today were developed decades ago. Since the technology boom beginning in the 1990s, the capacity and usefulness of GPS navigation has skyrocketed, and today we all benefit from this transformative and rapidly-evolving technology.

Compasses

Before GPS navigation took hold on a global scale, we all relied on some pretty inaccurate and non-specific means of...

Smartphone Apps: The Future of the Transportation Sector

Reducing the output of CO2, saving drivers’ time, and mitigating traffic are just a few of the benefits that smartphone applications like Metropia can lend to the transportation sector. Federal agencies are starting to recognize the trend in smartphone apps that attempt to tackle some of the biggest problems and annoyances that drivers are facing on the roads today.

Some more conservative cities like Phoenix MPO are very hesitant to adopt the use of a traffic application, but a new report out by the Federal Highway Administration is likely to sway their opinion.

It’s time to catch up. The future of the country’s transportation sector lies in smartphone applications.

The FWHA report “Smartphone Applications to Influence Travel Choices: Practices and Policies,” is a ninety-page primer on the practices and policies currently happening in the world...

Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will host the inaugural 2016 Sustainable Transportation Summit on Monday, July 11th and Tuesday, July 12th. Metropia’s Principal, Dr. Vassilis Papayannoulis, is slated to engage a panel of other transportation and mobility focused professionals and will share his expert knowledge of innovative sustainable travel technology.

The goal of the summit is to provide a forum for a diverse pool of individuals with different areas of expertise to share insights and ideas about greener travel options and to determine solutions to challenges cities face with access to and implementation of new technologies. Topics will include:

• Progress reports on new transportation technologies
• Smart mobility systems
• Policies regarding green transportation...

As the number of drivers on the roads increase, cities can barely keep up with the overflow. Projects are constantly underway and teams of city planners and engineers spend hours in “think tanks” to solve the age-old problem of traffic congestion. However, drivers are now taking an active part in helping to reduce the congestion problem.

Multi-passenger traveling, classically known as carpooling, comes with a number of benefits. Whatever we choose to call it, the object is still to remove as many one-passenger vehicles from the roads as possible. If you join a carpool for your regular commute to work, you and your passengers can enjoy these perks:

·         Collaboration time

Many a great idea has come from the pooling together of ideas and as coworkers pool together to get to work. Sure you have company...

Civil engineers certainly have their work cut out for them in terms of the scope of their responsibilities. In a broad sense they design, build, and maintain the many systems that power our modern way of life, which encompasses the need for electricity, potable drinking water, airports and highways, including roadways and bridges within cities.

Since the days of the first civilized societies, civil engineering, even if it wasn’t referred to as such, has been highly instrumental in paving the way for life as we know it today. Special structures such as aqueducts had to be designed to direct water for public use in the days of the Roman Empire. Civil engineering also enabled more inner-city trade, which in turn enabled advancements in transportation. As we gradually phased from foot traffic and horses to wheeled vehicles city infrastructures had to be designed to support...

February 11th, 2016 – Tucson, Arizona Metropia Director of Operations, Mario Salomon, and Metropia Product Operations Engineer, Dawn Bender, will present “Metropia DUO – Incentivizing Casual Carpooling in Cities” to the Tucson (WTS) Women’s Transportation Seminar.

Metropia’s DUO Casual Carpooling is the latest feature from the popular traffic app that rewards users for taking the least congested, fastest routes, thus helping with the traffic solution instead of the traffic problem. Now the Metropia app incentivizes even more groups to help reduce traffic with its Casual Carpooling feature, which offers rewards points to all passengers in a carpool who have the Metropia app, as well as giving additional bonus points to the driver.
Metropia is the official Casual Carpooling technology provider for the upcoming Arizona Conference on Roads and Streets,...

You have a lot riding on your tires – in more ways than one.

Every driver wants to know how to improve fuel economy. In line with our policy to drive better cities, Metropia App’s developers keep a green mind when it comes to decongesting cities; therefore reducing vehicle idling times and helping you get to your destinations faster.

Greener cities are also made possible with fuel efficient vehicles and alternative transportation. You are probably familiar with a few techniques to maximize your fuel economy, but did you ever consider how the tires you’re rolling on take a part in it?

Rolling resistance is what it’s all about when you look to your tires for fuel economy. The laws of physics dictate that stationary objects want to remain that way, so moving those objects demands energy. The more resistance your vehicle has to...

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