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International Transport Forum

International Transport Forum
Safe travel for all road users is a prerequisite for ensuring sustainable and inclusive cities. Providing safe transport systems is an objective for sustainable transport, because risk of injuries and deaths from traffic crashes has become a major public health concern worldwide. Safe travel options for women in general and specifically low income women are important for addressing livelihood and poverty issues for a significant proportion of urban population in low income countries like India. The latest ITF Discussion Paper presents data from the Indian capital Delhi (pop. 16.4 million) and Vishakhapattanam (a southern Indian city, pop. 1.7 million) comparing the travel patterns of women and men. The household survey in Delhi focused on low income settlements, since poverty adds another dimension to gender bias. The survey, repeated after ten years, shows that travel patterns remained unchanged.

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and CMU Announce Strategic Partnership and Advanced Technologies Center Uber and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) are announcing today a strategic partnership that includes the creation of the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, near the CMU campus. The center will focus on the development of key long-term technologies that advance Uber’s mission of bringing safe, reliable transportation to everyone, everywhere. The partnership will provide a forum for Uber technology leaders to work closely with CMU faculty, staff, and students — both on campus and at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) — to do research and development, primarily in the areas of mapping and vehicle safety and autonomy technology. “We are excited to join the community of Pittsburgh and partner with the experts at CMU, whose breadth and depth of technical expertise, particularly in robotics, are unmatched. —Jeff Holden, Uber Chief Product Officer

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