Giovanni Circella presents Travel Behaviors and Vehicle Ownership in the Era of the “3 Revolutions” in Transportation

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The three transportation "revolutions" – shared mobility, electrification and vehicle automation – are likely to radically transform transportation (and society, more in general). The adoption and frequency of use of (on demand) shared mobility services, including ridehailing (e.g. Uber and Lyft), carsharing, bikesharing and e-scooter sharing are already causing rapid changes in travel patterns and the use of other travel modes, in particular among younger travelers and urban residents. The effects of these disruptive forces sum up to (and are often confused with) those of other factors affecting travel patterns, including changes in lifestyles and household composition, changing economic and work conditions, the expansion of the digital technology and the adoption of e-shopping, which impact the way individuals interact, work, socialize, and travel. In this seminar, I present results from the California Panel Study of Emerging Transportation Trends, a longitudinal study that investigates the evolution of travel patterns and the adoption of new transportation technologies in California, and discuss research questions related to current and future changes in travel choices and private vehicle ownership, the adoption of vehicle automation and consumers' interest in Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solutions.

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