Autonomous vehicles are touted as one of the major factors that will change how America gets around. They are the dream of progressives when it comes to technology and driving. The hope is to make driving safer by building more computerized vehicles with sensors that detect objects in a vehicle’s surroundings, approaching lights and designated speeds for an area when routes are clear. Cutting out distracted drivers would indeed improve driver safety on the roadways.

But as much as the dreamers want to dream, not everyone is biting onto the idea of owning a vehicle that drives them. Most drivers still want to be in total control of what they drive, so it’s not likely that autonomous vehicles will be widespread in popularity, particularly amongst drivers of pre-millennial age. Many remaining members of the baby boom era still see it as just another new-fangled gadget presenting...

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...

As a driver, it’s likely that you’ve heard of telematics in some form or another, even if you didn’t know what it is. It’s a branch of information technology that is concerned with GPS systems, some mobile communications and long distance transmission of computerized information. For your car, it essentially functions as a black box, and automobiles produced after 1995 were mandated to contain a telematics system.

Your auto insurer can use your car’s telematics system to plug in and monitor your driving habits when you sign up for their safe driver’s reward program (if available) and install their device into your car’s computer. Well-behaved drivers are rewarded for safe habits such as making complete stops when necessary, keeping speed limits and performing soft braking and smooth, controlled turns.

The same sensible driving habits also help clean up the air!...

With global warming and air quality being a prevalent topic in the news over the past several years, cities and townships all over the U.S. are aiming more focus toward cleaning up their act in terms of industrial practices, transit options and educating their populations on cleaner air policies.

Increasingly, cities are incorporating bike lanes into their traffic flow and supporting cleaner burning mass transit methods. Taxis are turning green and technology has a significant role in the clean air movement by enabling us to gather and analyze data pertaining to travel patterns, benefitting city leadership in decisions to improve outdated infrastructures that no longer support the size of their city’s population.

NYC, notorious for crowding, does a remarkable job in keeping its air quality up to par. The city’s 2015 census reveals that more than 8 million people inhabit...

AUSTIN, Texas -- Metropia’s Vice President of Ecosystem Partnerships, Mia Zmud, was formally recognized last week on behalf of Metropia for the Women’s Transportation Seminar 2015 Heart of Texas Chapter Innovative Transportation Solutions Award.

Zmud accepted the award during the 12th annual WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Transportation Gala and Scholarship Fundraiser held February 12th. Together with the Heart of Texas Chapter’s award, Metropia has been nominated for the international WTS Innovative Transportation Solutions Award.

The Metropia App was selected by WTS members who recognized Metropia’s “leadership and innovation in improving the quality of life for transportation users and Austin’s overall community.”

Metropia leverages timely and relevant app...

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...

The team at Metropia cares about what gets in the air, but we don’t forget about that glistening, precious liquid that no one can live without.

Most of us automatically think of the desert as the most arid climate, but any lack of rain in such notably dry places is only relative. Drought has struck places that are historically known for an abundance of water in the past few decades, namely due to unusual warmth in the weather patterns. According to the Palmer Drought Index, which is used by NOAA to measure relative dryness or wetness affecting water-sensitive economies for the United States, indicated that the hardest hit areas in the past year were the heart of Texas and the entire Northwest (rainy Seattle? Seriously?). And who could have missed the severe drought issue in agricultural California over the past couple of years, even if the news headlines were only in your...

Thoom! You’re at the gas pumps and you hear this familiar, sonorous shut-off click signaling that your tank is full. The total reads $20.41 and that odd amount of change due somehow feels like wearing one shoe.

You decide to squeeze the nozzle to get that extra 4 cents for a comfortable multiple of 5, or if you have a great discount from shopper’s rewards you may even try for an extra 50 cents- despite the warning label that advises against topping off. It’s likely that you wait until your car is riding on fumes before you fuel up so you can get that great discount per gallon.

Before you go beyond the pump’s automatic cut off, you should know why topping off your fuel tank is not such a great idea.

Topping off can cause damage to your fuel system

Your car is engineered with a vapor collection system that can be compromised by overfilling...

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...

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