As technology progresses, so too do our options to get around. From public transit to autonomous vehicles, U-M experts are on the cutting edge in both catalyzing new transportation modes and in analyzing their impact and relation to broader sustainability. Key initiatives like Mcity and the Center for Sustainable Systems study the nexus between technological advancements, climate change, and related socioeconomic disparities and opportunities.
‘Transportation is a form of freedom’: How to make it more equitable
The routes and schedules of public transit, the presence or absence of sidewalks, the availability of different transportation options, and the design of highways that have divided cities—these are examples of aspects of transportation systems that can profoundly impact underserved communities’ access to basic needs like jobs, healthcare, education, and even food.
Next-gen electric vehicle batteries: These are the questions we still need to answer
The next generation of electric vehicle batteries, with greater range and improved safety, could be emerging in the form of lithium metal, solid-state technology. But key questions about this promising power supply need to be answered before it can make the jump from the laboratory to manufacturing facilities, according to U-M researchers.
U-M carbon neutrality commission submits final recommendations
The President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality at the University of Michigan has submitted its final report, which contains recommendations to help the university achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. The report includes 50 recommendations that U-M could take to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions across the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses.
U-M, Ford open world-class robotics complex
As robots and autonomous systems are poised to become part of our everyday lives, the University of Michigan and Ford Motor Company are opening a one-of-a-kind facility where they’ll develop robots and roboticists that help make lives better, keep people safer and build a more equitable society.
Rabe comments on GM's historic move to electric vehicles
General Motors announced Thursday, January 28, that it would eliminate gasoline and diesel powered engines in their passenger cars, vans, and SUVs by 2035. They also pledged to make their factories carbon neutral by 2040. In an interview, the U-M Ford School’s Barry Rabe commented on the gravity of GM’s decision, saying, “This is a very significant pivot (...) especially for such an iconic American institution.”
U-M licenses Mcity’s automated-vehicle testing software
The Mcity OS software, which lets researchers create and execute complex, highly repeatable testing scenarios for vehicles that are connected, automated or both has been licensed by the U-M Office of Technology Transfer to the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti.
A Circular Economy Framework for Automobiles
Today’s automobiles rely heavily on the extraction of virgin raw materials for manufacturing and fossil fuels for vehicle operation. However, industry investment in vehicle electrification will lead to greater renewable energy use, and manufacturers are reducing reliance on virgin raw materials by increasing recycled content.
U-M’s Advanced Transportation Hub announces funding to 8 promising mobility projects
The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation at U-M recently awarded a combined $710,000 to eight high-tech, early-stage projects from a pool of applications received from Michigan universities this cycle. Projects aim to tackle market needs, offering ways to increase the efficiency, safety and sustainability of moving people and goods.
Study focuses on life cycle greenhouse gas impacts of a connected and automated SUV and van
A new U-M Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) study published in Transportation Research Part D examines the life cycle greenhouse gas impacts of a connected and automated SUV and van. Existing studies that evaluate the environmental impacts of CAV light-duty passenger cars or sedans and little is known about its impact on sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and vans.
How connected vehicles’ windshield wipers could help prevent flooding
A community armed with that real-time data could move more quickly to prevent flash-flooding or sewage overflows, which represent a rising threat to property, infrastructure and the environment. Coupled with “smart” stormwater systems, municipalities could potentially take in data from connected vehicles to predict and prevent flooding.
Connected cars can lie, posing a new threat to smart cities
The day when cars can talk to each other – and to traffic lights, stop signs, guardrails and even pavement markings – is rapidly approaching. Driven by the promise of reducing traffic congestion and avoiding crashes, these systems are already rolling out on roads around the U.S.