Smart Cities

Big data will make public transportation more efficient and effective

A more efficient public transportation is accessible through big data and automation says Tom Kirschbaum, co-founder and managing director of door2door.

New York-based Dan Patterson, of TechRepublic and ZDNet, spoke with Tom Kirschbaum, co-founder and managing director of door2door, who explains how big data and automation will transform smart cities by making public transportation more efficient

SEE: Travel and business expense policy (Tech Pro Research)

Dan Patterson: Could you help us understand how big data can help make transportation more efficient and effective?

Tom Kirschbaum: The core of transportation, mass transit with buses and subways, hasn't changed at all in the last 25 years. The Internet had little-to-zero impact on, for example, how a red bus in London is utilized. That will change through data, by applying sophisticated new technology to transform this rather outdated, old-fashioned system of mass transit into a world of on-demand dynamic services. Data plays a crucial role as it allows cities and transportation providers to precisely analyze how things work today and where opportunities for greater convenience lie.

Also see:

About Dan Patterson

Dan is a Senior Writer for TechRepublic. He covers cybersecurity and the intersection of technology, politics and government.

Editor's Picks

Free Newsletters, In your Inbox