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Will Driverless Vehicles Create a Better Future?

September 01, 2017
Will Driverless Vehicles Create a Better Future?

by Daniel Sperling

Maybe you use Zipcar, Lyft or Uber or know someone who does. You’ve probably seen a few electric vehicles on the streets. And you’ve undoubtedly heard and read stories about self-driving cars coming soon and changing everything.

Determining the Feasibility of Shared Mobility Services in Low-Income, Rural Areas

July 05, 2017
Determining the Feasibility of Shared Mobility Services in Low-Income, Rural Areas

by Ryan McCauley

While new mobility options have proliferated rapidly, their effects have not spread evenly across the country. And at a recent workshop called Pooling and Pricing: Harnessing the 3 Revolutions to Solve Congestion, Climate Change, and Social Equity, officials discussed how to further shift toward shared mobility.

Is the Uber phenomenon killing transit in Sacramento?

June 19, 2017
Is the Uber phenomenon killing transit in Sacramento?

By Tony Bizjak

SacRT has been losing ridership almost annually for seven years – a 30 percent decline since 2010. American Public Transit Association data show that transit ridership is dwindling in most other cities as well.

Dan Sperling, founder and head of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, who is writing a book about revolutions in transportation, says public transit in America is at a pivotal juncture.

Combining 3 Vehicle Technologies Could Nearly Eliminate Auto Emissions

May 31, 2017
Combining 3 Vehicle Technologies Could Nearly Eliminate Auto Emissions

By Camille von Kaenel

The auto industry and researchers say this utopian view of transportation is on the horizon, and it could cut nearly all of the carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Maybe.

Report Says Shared Mobility Key to a Better Future

May 08, 2017
Report Says Shared Mobility Key to a Better Future

By Alan Harman

An electric and driverless transportation system could improve livability and eventually save trillions of dollars a year, but University of California at Davis researchers say it won’t happen without shared mobility.

A UC-Davis report, prepared with the New York-based Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, says a shared, electric and driverless transportation system could reduce urban transportation carbon-dioxide emissions by 80% or more worldwide by 2050.

The Self-Driving Dilemma

May 04, 2017
The Self-Driving Dilemma

By Andrew Small

But the dream of cheap, clean mobility in cities might run up against some harsh realities—soaring energy consumption, supercharged sprawl, and intensified traffic congestion—if AVs are simply deployed to encourage more driving.