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UML Annual Report 2021

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UML Annual Report 2021

February 2022

Urban Movement Lab’s first annual report showcases the work in our first full calendar year as a staff and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, building on a year of incubation within the Mayor’s office spearheaded by our Founding Board. Over the course of 12 months our organization has grown, and our roster of public and private sector partners has expanded beyond our initial founders to include firms developing technologies at the forefront of urban mobility.

Digitizing the Curb: Curb Inventory Pilot Project

December 2021

Curbside data is critical to facilitate curb management tools like dynamic curb regulations and pricing, which allow for greater mobility and access for people and businesses on our streets. Urban Movement Labs partnered with CurbIQ in the Summer of 2021 to demonstrate the potential of augmented mobile mapping as a quick and scalable curb inventory method in North American cities. Using three Los Angeles neighborhoods and a subset in the neighboring city of Maywood as study areas to test their methodology, CurbIQ gained valuable lessons to refine their collection processes for inventorying curb regulations. Learn more about the lessons learned through this pilot project to to inform a scalable and economic solution for digitizing curb space in cities across North America.

Urban Movement Labs Strategic Plan 2021 – 2023

November 2021

This is the inaugural three-year strategic plan for Urban Movement Labs (UML). Our organization links government, businesses, and community members to modern technology solutions to help solve transportation challenges in Los Angeles. With the support of the City of Los Angeles and the Mayor’s Office, Urban Movement Labs aims to make Los Angeles the model city for safe, sustainable, equitable, and accessible movement of people and goods and replicate these learnings around the world. Learn about our vision, mission, values, and actions to reach our goals.

Shaping Urban Air Mobility in Los Angeles through Community Engagement

August 2021

The Urban Air Mobility Partnership led by Urban Movement Labs (UML) brings together the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, Regional and Federal agencies, and industry leaders to inform policy associated with Urban Air Mobility (UAM) services in Los Angeles. To ensure this process elevates community voices, UML has engaged with trusted community organizations from June through August 2021 to listen and understand concerns and opportunities related to improved mobility for all Angelenos. This first phase of engagement included a series of one-on-one interviews with key stakeholders and organizations and will culminate in a virtual outreach event and collaborative review of the Draft UAM Policy Toolkit prepared by the City of Los Angeles. This document provides a high-level summary of what we have heard to date from community organizations and stakeholders.

Blog Posts

What is Urban Air Mobility?

Recently, Urban Air Mobility (UAM) technology has been compared with flying cars that would fulfill visions of The Jetsons cartoon. While this imagery is fun, it’s important that we remain anchored on the fact that this technology is the future of aviation, regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with safety as the top priority. While UAM offers opportunities to complement and enhance other modes of transportation, we must be clear that this is not “flying cars,” nor is it a new form of the private automobile.

Hyundai’s MoceanLab and Urban Movement Labs First Anniversary: A Year Full of Innovation with a Community Approach

This past August, Urban Movement Labs celebrated a year of partnership with MoceanLab, the LA-based mobility innovation laboratory established in 2019 by Hyundai Motor Group. With support from Urban Movement Labs and Hyundai, MoceanLab has successfully expanded its free-floating carshare service in Los Angeles. Also, MoceanLab has recently launched its second mobility service, EnableLA, a wheelchair-accessible rideshare service offered in conjunction with partner ButterFLi to provide safe, affordable, and convenient transportation to people with disabilities seniors, or anyone facing mobility challenges. And this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. In addition, Urban Movement Labs has spearheaded a community-guided strategy for incorporating Urban Air Mobility into the transportation network. A technology that MoceanLab may someday integrate into the service offering.


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