How’s D.C. Driving? This New Tool Instantly Reveals Any Driver’s Traffic Violations. (9-20-18)

A parking ticket on a vehicle in the District. (Amanda Voisard/The Washington Post)

Drivers who illegally block bike lanes, run red lights and disregard crosswalks in the District might soon have their driving violations aired out online for everyone to see.

A new Twitter bot, How’s My Driving DC, uses license plate numbers to produce a list of unresolved traffic fines and violations on request. Since its launch this summer, the Twitter account has unearthed tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid fees among drivers on District roads, thanks to probing passersby.

The high number so far? A Maryland vehicle with 84 tickets, amounting to $10,700 in fines at the time. That number has since risen to exceed $12,000 as more fines have accrued.

Personal details such as the vehicle owner’s name are not included in the record, culled from the District Department of Transportation’s unpaid-ticket database. Creator Daniel Schep said the bot was never meant to publicly shame individuals.

But D.C. traffic enforcement agencies, he said, should be ashamed of the numbers the bot is turning up.

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Rise of the Digital Taxi: ezMetr Provides Transportation Platform for Smarter Cities (9-14-18)

ezMetr – A Digital Transportation Platform (Photo: Business Wire)

RVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 14, 2018–, the global leader in enterprise mobility solutions, today announced —a complete digital transportation product suite for taxis and black cars. ezMetr is a next-generation digital meter platform that provides dynamic pricing, shared rides, live mapping and paired passenger apps all-in-one. With thousands of drivers carrying over 12 million passengers already, ezMetr is expanding nationally to provide a better experience for drivers and passengers while improving city transportation systems with robust reporting, data and insights.

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DC Launches Technology to Provide Real-Time Transportation Information (9-15-18)

WASHINGTONSept. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) is making it easier for digital developers to integrate urban mobility options into a single app by introducing the “Where Are the Taxis” application program interface (API). This API is an interface that allows one application to talk to another application through simple commands.

The Bowser Administration is committed to enabling innovative and forward-thinking solutions to support the evolution of accessible and affordable rides in the District,” DFHV Director Ernest Chrappah said during the 31st Annual Conference of the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) in Philadelphia, PA. “The API strategy enables transportation as a service to reduce marketplace inequities and overcome barriers to entry for entrepreneurs, developers, and change makers.

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ChargePoint Commits To Build Charging Stations For 2.5 Million Cars By 2025 (9-13-18)

2014 BMW i3 REx fast-charging at Chargepoint site, June 2016 [photo: Tom Moloughney]
At the Global Climate Action Summit this week in San Francisco, several companies made commitments to reducing climate change.

ChargePoint, one of the oldest electric-car charging networks in the U.S., said Wednesday that it aims to complete enough charging stations globally by 2025 to cover 2.5 million parking spots. The commitment does not include thousands of home chargers that ChargePoint also sells. Each station could cover one or two parking spots, a ChargePoint spokeswoman said.

READ MORE: ChargePoint invests in commercial charging for buses, delivery vans, taxis

According to the company’s website, it currently has 45,000 charging locations across the U.S. and has begun expanding in Europe.

Setting such a goal by 2025 represents a huge challenge for the company.

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New EV Charging Corridor Launches Between D.C. and Boston (9-10-18)

Nissan and EVgo have completed their plan to connect the cities of Boston and Washington, D.C., with a series of nine electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations with 52 fast chargers in total.

The “I-95 Fast Charging ARC” is designed to give EV owners peace of mind and convenience when traveling the 500 miles between the two cities, according to EVgo.

Each station can charge up to four or more EVs simultaneously at a power output of 50 kW. The stations have also been designed and constructed to adapt to future advances in EV technology, including pre-wiring for higher charging outputs to allow easy upgrading to 150 kW fast chargers.

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