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Detroit: Traffic Studies

As I become more involved AR's potential impact upon traffic, I see roads, vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles differently. The following documentary photographs are study aids; barely related to my previous street photography projects, such as the Bus Stopping series.

There is also a study of San Francisco here.

A terrible photograph, but a great example of the realities of the street. Glare attacks everyone. If there were a dependency upon a device displaying crucial information, what would happen in this situation?
Waze and other apps provide the latest info on detours, construction , travel times and more. With Waze, the data is crowdsourced. What relationships will be formed between these kinds of apps and autonomous vehicles?
The overall picture of bicycle parking in Detroit: what does it look like?
Ebike parking?
What is the future of the parking lot?
Detroit's original layout.
Dashboard of one of May's autonomous vehicles.
One of May's AVs moving out into traffic.
For nearly one hundred years, Detroit has created our perception of what a car is. Let's see what happens next...

I will be making a presentation about Augmented Reality and Autonomous Vehicles at Altimetrik, on August 8, 2019.

There are a number of posts about AR and bicycling here.

These photographs were taken during Detroit Startup Week.

Arbicles

A list of all of my AR+bike blog posts is here.

The future of AR in the world of bicycling
A chart depicting the hypothetical uses of augmented reality in the world of bicycling.

ARBICLE- A piece of bicycle equipment, with partial or total augmented reality functionality. A bicycle light with some AR functions is an arbicle. A device which acts as a "AR computer", exclusively managing AR functions for the bike, traffic and rider is also an arbicle.

The word "arbicle" was coined by Stephen Black in 2019, in response to a perceived need for AR-compatible bicycle gear.Stephen Black is a writer, a visual artist and an AR/VR producer.

The chart above is a hypothetical overview and no such network or devices now exist. LIDAR is used an example of a traffic monitoring system. In reality, LIDAR is heavy, delicate and extremely expensive. Unlike autonomous vehicles, bicycles must have an attentive human steering and braking. Thus,LIDAR would be unnecessary. However. sensors detecting objects within a range of 50 feet around the bike would be advantageous. An arbicle featuring a rear view camera with a feed into the visor or smartglasses is an obvious need. ARbicles specializing in emergencies would be another obvious need.

This chart is a result of research and thought related to the book I am working on about AR and traffic safety, focusing on bicycles. The working title is AR on Wheels.

I will be making a presentation about AR at the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, in Port Clinton, on June 18. I

Also, if you are near San Francisco's Tenderloin District on June 28th, you are warmly invited to the world premier of Bubiko Foodtour!

Bubiko will be at the Novaby booth at the Tech in the Tenderloin Fair! her app will not be on dispaly, as we haven't made it yet, but Bubiko will be hosting an interactive event that is sure to be a crowdpleaser.

Grudge match: Bubiko Foodtour vs. Jackie Chan
Grudge match

Cloudy Traffic

A collection of posts regarding AR and Bicycling can be found here.

Traffic planning in the age of the cloud. I have read a lot and talked to many experts, but the questions in this little chart still are unanswered. To me, at least. Any ideas or thoughts are welcome; just use the comments section. Thank you! If you are an expert and want to be credited, or interviewed for my upcoming books just let me know. One book is about AR and bicycle safety. the other is about AR and traffic. (Have not yet finalized the titles.)

Obviously, the following is hypothetical; I can't think of any existing city which could accommodate five one-way lanes of traffic.

CURB ACTIVITY: Pedestrians. Parking spots for ebikes,bikes, scooters, fire hydrants, subterranean electricty and water lines, wheelchair access, bus stops, taxi/Uber/Lyft pick up and drop off areas

BIKE LANE: Individual and groups of riders, ll requiring two-way communication for weather, traffic patterns etc.

AV LANE small and large vehicles, some functioning as mobile rooms (classrooms with remote teachers, discussion rooms, meeting rooms, chill rooms, even mobile workout spaces with offsite trainers)

EMERGENCY LANE/DELIVERY LANE/BUS LANE Could something like this be managed? By whom? Would involve communicating with AVs.

TRAFFIC SIGNAL With proper traffic planning, autonomous vehicles would not need to "see" a physical light. and in this slightly futuristic scenario, could the traditional red/green/yellow lights be replaced by screens? Not just colors could be displayed, but traffic information.

WHO IS USING WHAT KIND OF AR?
Pedestrians- shopping, entertainment and internet services/information and maps for walking.

Bicyclists- maps and traffic information, internet services, including music.

Autonomous Vehicle 1 Kids using smartglasses to watch Bubiko Foodtour AR movies, one parent uses smartglasses to plan the day's activities, the other parent, also with smartglasses, attends an AR meeting conference call.

Autonomous Vehicle 2 A regularly scheduled "classroom mobile"with four students, a human teacher and AR educational materials.

QUESTIONS/THOUGHTS:

Vehicle 1: the Bubiko AR movie is on Google Cloud, the AR meeting is hosted on Apple's iCloud service, the other parent is using Facebook's cloud service. The windshield display is by WayRay and hosted on Microsoft's Azure cloud service.

Vehicle 2 is fitted with a Sony mobile AR classroom and the windshield AR hosting software is by Kamatera.

Emergency Vehicles: capable of seeing and interacting with emergency situations before arriving. Connected to a central traffic planning system, emergency vehicles and AVs are capable of maneuvering so that emergency vehicles get to their destination as quickly as possible.

Autonomous Delivery vehicles can be programmed to deliver with minimum traffic interference; for example at specific low traffic times.

Curb Activity is monitored by Open Curbs, Populus and Remix, all of whom feed information into private and government service providers who then use AR to provide information to those in traffic.

Road surface conditions: Potholes, floods, ice and snow. Monitored and then delivered to a central traffic planning agency.

Underground: sewers, flood control, power cables and more. Information available by AR

Drones: somehow drones will enter into the mobile AR picture...

In researching the above, I just discovered n excellent article about MDS, Mobiliy Data Specification.Here is a excellent article by David Zipper about MDS. Also highly recommended: this presentation by Regina Clewlows and Don MacKenzie.

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AR and bicycle interaction: a collection of posts on this topic is here.

If you happen to be in Port Clinton, for the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, stop by!

Bubiko's public AR debut! San Francisco! June 28! Bubiko's very, very excited! Tech in the Tenderloin

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Cycling and Augmented Reality

There is much more AR/Bike info here.

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The presentation at the 419 Room will be from 5:30-6:30 on Tuesday May 21. We can hang around and have another coffee afterwards.

Stephen Back's presentation at the 419 Room, on Augmented Reality and Bicycling
Background image: https://www.cgstudio.com/3d-model/cyclist-athlete-in-red-suit-on-bicycle-353909

The presentation is for a general audience and is not technical. The basics of AR will covered, along with examples of how AR is changing the world of bicycling, including safety, navigation, racing, and body monitoring. There will also be some speculation on how AR could impact the Northwestern Ohio bicycling world.

Admission could possibly be $5 (now checking to see if this permissible with Rustbelt) or a social media post or two emails to interested parties. CC: AR2wheels@gmail.com

This is a self-funded project; no sponsorship and no sales of any kind.

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I am also prepared for presentations all kinds of AR-themed presentations. For example: for children, for finance, for businesses, for parties, events and for general audiences. Consulting services are also available. email: ar2wheels@gmail.com

Thanks!

SB

The following is for a presentation I will be doing in June, in association with GOBA, the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. The presentation is not open to the public.

My background,including the presentation at MIT.

My books.

SXSW!

Ar entrepreneur Stephen Black interview
Kevin Turley interviewing Stephen Black

I will be sharing information and doing demonstrations for a general audience. This is not a technical presentation; it will be entertaining and informative for bicyclists of all ages.

I am not affiliated with any of the companies and there are no sales pitches of any kind. I recently gave a talk about AR at MIT. At the bottom of this post is a flyer for the workshops and presentations I gave at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

If you have any suggestions or questions, add them in the comments section. Thank you! (There will be additions and refinements made to this post as it gets closer to the live presentation. Stop back!)

This link explains how the Cannondale/AR/Vuforia platform evolved. A bit technical, but interesting.

Rouvy indour training

An article about an AR being tested in England to increase bicycle use by teens and other groups not normally bike active.

Bike construction project by Prefrontal Cortex

Velonews report on AR smartglasses.

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I do many things, including write books, one of which is a bestseller.

Speaking of writing, Chris Register will also be at the GOBA event, and he has written a series of books based on his journey across America by bicycle. The book is called Conversations With US, and there is a great website about it here.

AR consultants
Poster for Stephen Black's presentations and workshops at Hong Kong PolyU, July 2018

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!