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Driverless cars could be a solution to climate change—but two major things have to happen

November 17, 2017
Driverless Cars Could be a Solution to Climate Change—But Two Major Things Have to Happen

by Kat Kerlin

Driverless vehicle use worldwide could lower traffic congestion and emissions contributing to climate change by 50 percent or more in 2050, according to a 2017 report led by global transport expert Lewis Fulton at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis).

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.

Survey: Future Car is Driverless, Shared, Electric

March 30, 2017
Survey: Future Car is Driverless, Shared, Electric

By Body Shop Business Staff Writers

If the future plays out the way transportation experts predict it will, autonomous, zero-emissions vehicles will dominate the roads, and none of the passengers will own the vehicles.

That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but experts see the nation shifting toward shared, electric and autonomous vehicles nevertheless, according to a survey by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis).

RoboTaxis Will Be Commonplace By 2040

March 30, 2017
RoboTaxis Will Be Commonplace By 2040

By John LeSage

The Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California-Davis just released results of a survey in conjunction with a new policy initiative,“Three Revolutions: Sharing, Electrification and Automation.” The survey was taken by 40 policymakers, researchers, and representatives from government, nonprofit organizations, and the automotive and technology industries.

Future Vehicles Will Be Electric, Shared and Driverless, According to Major Study

March 27, 2017
Future Vehicles Will Be Electric, Shared and Driverless, According to Major Study

By Douglas A. McIntyre

In the future, vehicles will be “shared, electric and automated,” according to a new study from the Institute of Transportation Studies at University of California, Davis. This trend gives an edge to companies currently employing one or more of these features. That list includes Google, Tesla, Uber and General Motors.

Three Revolutions Turning the Transportation World Upside-Down

March 23, 2017
Three Revolutions Turning the Transportation World Upside-Down

By Ryan McCauley

Less than six months ago, 150 representatives from various organizations — including the California Governor’s Office; Austin, Texas; several University of California campuses; Google X; Uber and Lyft, among many others — gathered in Sacramento, Calif., to discuss the three revolutions taking place in transportation: sharing, electrification and automation.