The UrbanCincy Podcast

Episode #31: Technology & Transporation

John, Jake, and Travis discuss a number of transportation issues related to technology — from the “Google bus” issue in the Bay Area, to taxi alternatives like Uber and Lyft, to driverless cars.

Microsoft "Connector"On the 31st episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Jake, John, and Travis cover a few issues at the intersection of transportation and technology.

We discuss the “Google bus” phenomenon in the Bay Area and speculate why some companies opt to run their own private shuttles, in contrast to companies like Amazon that help fund public transportation improvements. We also speculate on why some of these companies are choosing to maintain their headquarters in areas where many of their employees don’t prefer to live.

Finally, we discuss taxi alternatives like Uber and Lyft, which provide a more high-tech but less regulated way of getting around. We question whether driverless cars will ultimately disrupt both taxis and public transportation, and ponder their overall impact on urban areas.

Photo of Microsoft shuttle bus near Bellevue, Washington by Travis Estell.

By Travis Estell

Travis joined UrbanCincy in 2009 as a contributor, and quickly took over technical responsibilities for the site. After growing up in Cincinnati’s east side in Goshen, Travis earned an Electronic Media degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2009. Since then, Travis has been working throughout the United States as a web development consultant. After living in Clifton Heights, Northside, and Over-the-Rhine, Travis now resides in Cincinnati’s Central Business District.