Metropia Inc. has partnered with another outstanding local merchant partner, Xoom Juice--voted “Best Smoothie” stop by the Tucson Weekly--to deliver healthy, delicious smoothies to the Tucson community.

Xoom Juice, a locally owned and operated business, has been providing Tucson with the very best in nutritious and flavorful smoothies for more than twenty years. Beginning in 2001, the Xoom Juice family has been working to bring fresh juices and coffees to the community, and now they are helping reward Metropians too.

When you use the Metropia app to get where you are going, you are not only helping to create cleaner, greener, less congested cities, but you are also earning rewards which are redeemable at local merchants.

Redeeming your reward points at a local merchant like Xoom Juice will not only get you some tasty...

Metropia Inc.’s CEO Presenting at Tennessee Department of Energy’s SMART Mobility Workshop

Tucson, AZ – Metropia Inc.’s Founder and CEO Yi-Chang Chiu will lead a workshop on SMART mobility technologies sponsored by the Urban Dynamics Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the Department of Energy (DOE).

The Oak Ridge SMART Mobility Workshop is a 2-day intensive forum, gathering together experts on the subject from government, academia, and transportation industries to explore mobility issues involving automated, connected, and shared smart technologies and their impact on transportation frameworks and travel demand. Conversations will include advancements in mobility to create energy-efficient transportation methods, adaptability and efficiency of smart technologies, as well as a reduction of harmful emissions.

Metropia Inc. has been creating smart and...

Metropia Helping Feed Central Texans

The holidays are officially here and we’ve made it easy for our Metropians to give back this holiday season. With every trip you take using the Metropia app around town, to school, work, the store (you get the gist), you are not only helping reduce traffic congestion, but also earning points you can then use to donate to the local nonprofit Meals on Wheels Central Texas.

Since 1972, Meals on Wheels Central Texas (MOWCT) has been hard at work delivering hot and nutritious meals to homebound seniors and people with disabilities. Today, the organization is one of the largest meal-delivery organizations in Texas, distributing more than 3,000 meals each and every business day.

How can I participate, you ask? It’s really simple...

4 ways to keep your kids entertained while driving-- two children horsing around in back seat

There’s nothing like jumping in the car and taking a much-needed family trip, but it also isn’t long before children lose interest in staring out the window and look for something more engaging to do. As children are natural explorers and creative geniuses, it should be no surprise that they will seek out fun just about anywhere, even in a car.

If you’ve ever traveled with a child, let alone a car full of them, you know how difficult it is to keep your eyes on the road while a child is demanding your attention. Many parents have taken advantage of electronic entertainment in the car, offering kids everything from DVD movies to tablets and phones for game play, but not every parent wants their child’s face buried in an app for hours on end.

Thankfully, there are a lot of great ways to entertain children on road trips that do not involve more video games, and these...

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 Taking Part in the Arizona Council for Transportation Innovation (ACTI) 2016 Innovation Exchange Day

Metropia’s time-saving app helps to create smarter, more efficient highway and transportation systems
 
Metropia, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, is a GovTech 100 company whose mission is to make cities better places to live by reducing traffic congestion. The Metropia mobile platform incentivizes commuters to make better travel decisions independently and through casual carpooling with the DUO feature. Metropia will be at this year’s ACTI Innovation Exchange Day this October 4, 2016, in Tempe Arizona.

Representatives from Metropia will be on the first level of the Rio Salado Conference Center to showcase the revolutionary Metropia app that is helping cities across the United States ease urban congestion.

Arizona Innovation Exchange Day, part of the Federal Highways Administration’s Every Day Counts Initiative (EDC), is a...

ITS Arizona and Metropia

Tucson-based Metropia Inc. is  proud to announce that Director of Research and Development Dr. Xianbiao Hu will be presenting at the 2016 Intelligent Transportation Society of Arizona’s Annual Conference in Mesa, Arizona, Sept 29. Hu will be discussing his work on assessing lane closure events using smartphone data, a revolutionary approach to examining traffic congestion by analyzing driver behavior during heightened traffic.

Hu will be presenting his work on Multi-Resolution Approach in Investigating the Impacts of Pre-planned Road Capacity Reduction on Thursday, Sept. 29 in Session 1A: Traveler Information Systems, beginning at 10:30 am.

Other topics in the session include:

  • The impact of pre-planned road closures on a network level
  • The impact at individual driver level based on...
Car maintenance: checking oil

 

If you own a car and take it out on the road for a drive, you are responsible for the everything that you do behind the wheel. When it comes to your car’s health, however, most of us rely on professional mechanics, brake centers, tire centers, and quick change oil service centers to keep our cars operating in the best shape possible.

Car maintenance courses are available when you’re in high school, can be learned from friends or family members who are mechanically-inclined, and there are even a few adult classes on the market to take, but most of us depend on the skills of others to get us through our annual car maintenance.

Getting to know your car’s parts, at least the ones that you may need to identify and interact with should an emergency occur out on the road, is a critical part of what it means to be a safe driver. It is so important, in fact, that...

Driving on highway alert

For six decades, Americans have enjoyed the benefits of our vast and elaborate highway systems. Considered President Eisenhower’s greatest presidential achievement, the Federal Highway Act of 1956 changed the way America drove, shopped, ate, and worked forever. Roadside diners, the trucking industry, and even the fresh fruit and vegetables that we take for granted will be on our grocery store shelves would not be there without the highway system.

Another direct result of the highway expansion and interstate driving, though unintentional, is highway hypnosis. You have probably heard of highway hypnosis, and perhaps even experienced it before. For those unacquainted with highway hypnosis, sometimes called white line syndrome, it is a natural occurrence that happens to motorists after driving long hours on open roads.

Noticed almost immediately after highways--many still...

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...

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