Urbanization can create significant pressure on many vital city transportation systems, including public transit, traffic management infrastructure, and trucking and delivery systems. While traditional modes of transportation are critical, smart cities are shifting toward deployment of more sustainable, efficient, and accessible mobility solutions that improve the quality of life of citizens, including ride sharing, improved sidewalk infrastructure, bike sharing, real-time road navigation and intelligent traffic signals.
Due to scientific and technological breakthroughs, the deployment of massive autonomous vehicles is on the horizon, which will undoubtedly revolutionize the transportation ecosystem in the near future. However, some major hurdles, such as safety risks or efficiency weaknesses, must first be overcome. Researchers at UTC have conducted connected vehicles research utilizing the concepts of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communication (V2I) to explore ways in which these technologies can help in the process of autonomous vehicles connectively sharing information for situations such as road conditions or accidents. UTC researchers have also led health-centric transportation research focusing on advancing transportation issues, such as the most optimal route to take, while also analyzing the impact of the transportation mechanism on a person’s overall health.