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We’re on the Verge of a Transportation Revolution. If We’re Not Careful, We Could Screw It Up

March 16, 2018
We’re on the Verge of a Transportation Revolution. If We’re Not Careful, We Could Screw It Up

By Stephen Lacey

On this week’s Energy Gang podcast: how to steer automated, shared electric vehicles to a better future.

There are three forces coming together in the transportation sector: vehicle autonomy, vehicle sharing and vehicle electrification.

On their own, app-based sharing and electric vehicles are powerful agents of change. Together with automation, "they're revolutionary," argues Dr. Dan Sperling, author of a new book on the subject.

3 Questions: The Future of Transportation Systems

March 13, 2018

 

3 Questions: The Future of Transportation Systems

By Francesca McCaffrey

Daniel Sperling of the University of California at Davis discusses the major transformations in store for mobility.

Q: What are the downsides of the “car-centric monoculture,” as you put it, that we find ourselves living in?

Three Revolutions – The Future of Cars

March 08, 2018
Three Revolutions – The Future of Cars

Infinite Earth Academy featuring Daniel Sperling

“The transportation system has essentially seen almost no system-wide or broad innovations. And now, it is so exciting in the research field. But to what extent are [the revolutions of automation, shared, and electric vehicles] taking place?”

…Listen to the full podcast at Infinite Earth Academy

“Three Revolutions” in Transport: Interview of Dan Sperling on Bloomberg TV: March 2, 2018

March 02, 2018
“Three Revolutions” in Transport: Interview of Dan Sperling on Bloomberg TV: March 2, 2018

by Bloomberg TV

March 2, 2018

In regards to the self-driving cars becoming mainstream, "the tipping point is when the regulators approve it, because people will buy it...the costs are coming down quickly but as soon as it's commercialized those costs are going to drop dramatically...as soon as the regulators really allow these cars to be operated driverless it will take off...

Sacramento, Calif., to Launch Microtransit Pilot

January 16, 2018
Sacramento, Calif., to Launch Microtransit Pilot

by Tony Bizjack

Sacramento’s Regional Transit agency is about to launch an experiment that many say could open a dramatic new future for mass transportation – one that doesn’t involve walking to a bus stop and wondering when the next bus will arrive.

It’s called “microtransit,” a service similar to the rideshare model popularized by Uber but reliant on shuttle buses or vans that riders request via smartphone. The shuttles pick riders up wherever they are and drop them off where they want to go.

How Will Driverless Cars Change How We Travel?

December 06, 2017
How Will Driverless Cars Change How We Travel?

by Jocelyn Anderson

The idea of a completely autonomous vehicle is exciting — and a bit scary. As we envision future advancements on the road, many would like to know just how much driverless cars could change human travel.