Carsharing and AV Testing in Dubai (UAE)

Dubai Shuttle pic


Giovanni Circella 

Additional Researchers

Alimurtaza Kothawala, Farzad Alemi, Pat Mokhtarian


This project focuses on the analysis of the mobility patterns in The Sustainable City (TSC), a sustainability inspired environmental-friendly community in Dubai (partially inspired by the UC Davis West Village), and the investigation of the market for an EV-carsharing program to be developed in the community and the travel behavior impacts of the deployment of a driverless shuttle. The purpose of this study is to understand the adoption and challenges associated with the deployment of new technology-enabled transportation services, including carsharing services and driverless shuttles in TSC, other areas of Dubai and other sustainability inspired communities in emerging-economy countries. In this research we also plan to evaluate the impact of these new services on different components of travel behavior such as activity patterns, mode choice and vehicle ownership through a before and after research design.


Presentations and Webinars


Mobility in The Sustainable City. Dubai (UAE). This webinar was attended live by 207 people representing 18 different countries.  The recording of this webinar is available here. Giovanni Circella and Alimurtaza Kothawala's joint presentation can be found here.  Karim El-Jisr presentation can be found here.  Link to Event page


This project has benefited from the work and expertise of Farzad Alemi (UC Davis, now at Google Inc.), Susan Handy (UC Davis), Patricia Mokhtarian (Georgia Institute of Technology), Maya Abou Zeid (American University of Beirut, Lebanon), Karim El-Jisr (The Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE), Tim Rogmans (The Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE),  and Saniya Zarmukhambetova (The Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE)