November 2023

From the President

Dear Peter, Podcar City in San Jose November 30 - December 1 looks ever more promising - registrations are flowing in and the agenda is full of interesting topics. Suppliers will be exhibiting their podcars and/or presenting their capabilities. Look at the flyer, read the latest newsletter and register (if you have not already done so).

The previously mentioned formation of Automated Transit Communities (ATC) is progressing well and generating a lot of interest. It is proposed to be an organization of automated transit networks (ATN) owners, potential owners, and associated entities who can support each other through the process of investigating and implementing ATN systems. An initial meeting is planned to be held at the Podcar City Conference.

Podcar City 2023 November 30 – December 1 in San Jose, California promises to be the best ever! The program includes owners and potential owners, suppliers and developers, enthusiasts and sceptics, knowledgeable professors and professionals.

This is a great opportunity to learn about ATN from top to bottom. Please plan to attend. ATRA members get a discount.

PS: We love you. Please join ATRA/pay your dues/volunteer.

Together we can fix public transportation!

Best regards,

Peter Muller, ATRA President

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What are the problems restraining ATN deployment?

  1. It is not well known. Despite having been in public operation for nearly 50 years, many people have never heard of it.
  2. It is not well understood. Even those who have heard about it tend not to understand it well, or believe that the way it works really does make it special. They also tend not to understand how initial hiccups have been overcome and modern systems have developed impressive capabilities - up to 19,000 passengers per hour per direction and speeds up to 45 MPH.
  3. It is not well proven. Existing deployments only have 2 to 5 stations and up to 8.5 miles of guideway. Few are in urban environments. Claims of capability have often not been well documented or demonstrated in public service.

Attend Podcar City and learn about what is being done to overcome these restraints.

Peter Muller, P.E., ATRA President


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  • Reimagining Mobility
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  • Keynote & Conference Program
  • Threshold of change!
  • Our Sponsors


Residents propose solar-powered rapid transit, ‘eco-village,’ and dog park for HRA property

On Monday Oct. 30, the Hull Redevelopment Authority heard the final three presentations from citizens outlining possible uses of its land. Of the 20 citizen submissions, 10 pitches were given.


Pod taxi bid deadline extended the 3rd time

NOIDA: The deadline for submitting bids for the pod taxi project from the Noida international airport to the proposed Film City in Sector 21 has been extended by a month to November 28.


Transforming Mass Transit With Small EVs: Bill Gates Backs Electric Robotaxi Startup Glydways With $56 Million Funding Round

Bill Gates believes autonomous vehicles (AVs) will reach a tipping point of adoption, saying, "When it happens, AVs will change transportation as dramatically as the PC [personal computer] changed office work." Gates is backing up his sentiments with money, by investing in Glydways, a San Francisco-based robotaxi startup.


ZF, Oceaneering Expand Autonomous Shuttle Deal

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany — ZF is expanding its relationship with Oceaneering International, Inc., headquartered in Houston, to produce autonomous shuttles. The agreement aims to deliver a four-digit number of ZF‘s Group Rapid Transport shuttles to customers in the coming years.


Autonomous shuttle service could soon be coming to Contra Costa County

Contra Costa County could soon have its own autonomous shuttle service, connecting four cities on the east side of the county.

South San Francisco startup Glydways is being selected by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority to operate its fleet in the region.


Robotaxi Startup Glydways Raises $56 Million, East Bay Project Advances

A startup seeking to bring robotaxis to dedicated roads surrounding airports and transit hubs is inching closer to realizing its vision.

The startup, Glydways, has raised a $56 million Series B fundraising round, including about half of it from convertible debt that the notes holders are converting to equity. New Science Ventures led the round, while other investors include the ACS Group, a global construction company based in Spain; Gates Frontier, the venture arm of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates; and Khosla Ventures. Glydways has raised a total of $70 million, including the latest round, since it was founded in 2016.


ATL Airport Community Improvement Districts Announces Automated Transit Network Pilot Project

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023

The ATL Airport Community Improvement Districts (CIDs), in collaboration with MARTA, Fulton County, Clayton County, and College Park, are pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an Automated Transit Network (ATN) Demonstration Pilot. This groundbreaking initiative aims to investigate and assess innovative transit solutions that enhance mobility, efficiency, and sustainability within the airport district.



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