Project

Theme | Mobility On-Demand

Jimmy Day

Urban populations around the world are rapidly growing. To improve livability, urban residents must reduce dependency on fossil fuels and private cars, while needing efficient equitable access to inexpensive and reliable transportation.

Urbanization has outpaced transportation innovation as we know it, and urban transportation issues are far more complex and diverse than they appear when viewed from a car seat. The private sector frequently offers self-driving and electric cars as a catch-all solution; additionally, the sharing/on-demand model with connected vehicles has become mainstream, human-scaled, and increasingly electrified, from cars (ZipCar, Car2Go) to bicycles (Hubway, MoBike).

The Mobility Revolution’s autonomous vehicles and car sharing have created open questions about the needed participation of the public sector, questionable suitability of automobiles in the emerging urban context, and unintended negative externalities like sprawl or autonomous congestions.

Urban populations around the world are rapidly growing. To improve livability, urban residents must reduce dependency on fossil fuels and private cars, while needing efficient equitable access to inexpensive and reliable transportation.

Urbanization has outpaced transportation innovation as we know it, and urban transportation issues are far more complex and diverse than they appear when viewed from a car seat. The private sector frequently offers self-driving and electric cars as a catch-all solution; additionally, the sharing/on-demand model with connected vehicles has become mainstream, human-scaled, and increasingly electrified, from cars (ZipCar, Car2Go) to bicycles (Hubway, MoBike).

The Mobility Revolution’s autonomous vehicles and car sharing have created open questions about the needed participation of the public sector, questionable suitability of automobiles in the emerging urban context, and unintended negative externalities like sprawl or autonomous congestions.

To address these issues, the City Science group proposes a holistic research framework encompassing five themes:

  1. Persuasive Electric Vehicle — What is a truly suitable system design for the emerging urban context and societal aspirations?
  2. Social-Machine Cooperation — How can we facilitate coexistence, trust-building, and collaboration between people and machines, especially in pedestrian areas?
  3. Smart Infrastructure — What sort of new infrastructure can help sustain public sector participation/operation and maximize public interest and safety?
  4. Service Deployment and Optimization — How do we forecast the supply of fleets to meet emerging travel demands and service needs in cities?
  5. Open-Source Platform — How can new technology respond to the diverse industrial, socio-economic, and educational needs of society?

PAST PROJECTS

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ROBOSCOOTER (Archived)
GREENWHEEL (Archived)
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