Automated Vehicles

Are robotaxis good for the climate?

November 29, 2023

Waymo robotaxi

Susan Shaheen, UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center Co-Director discusses shared automated vehicles with Polictico.

“If you could get more people sharing a car, when you start to look at the vehicle miles traveled and the greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant impacts, they’re likely going to be lower,” said Susan Shaheen, a California Air Resources Board member and...

What opportunities do robo-taxis in San Francisco offer? Experts explain.

September 19, 2023

Susan Shaheen

Susan Shaheen, co-director of UC Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center, discusses automated vehicles with the College of Computing, Data Science, and Society.

Hundreds of self-driving cars have flooded San Francisco streets following a recent state...

What can S.F. learn from Waymo in Arizona?

February 6, 2023

Waymo vehicle in a street

Transportation Sustainability Researcher Center Co-Director Susan Shaheen discusses automated vehicle adoption in Arizona and California.

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Shared Mobility and Automated Vehicles: Responding to socio-technical changes and pandemics

February 2, 2022

 Responding to socio-technical changes and pandemics"

Transportation Sustainability Research Center Co-Director Susan Shaheen publishes a book that provides information on how to shape future shared vehicle systems.

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Top Ten California Automated Vehicle Policy Strategies

September 23, 2021

Image of a small, red boxy automated vehicle in front of some trees and shrubbery on a road

Research teams at the University of California Davis and Berkeley campuses have developed a menu of options to set California on a path toward automated vehicle safety, social equity, mobility, and sustainability.

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Bridging the Income and Digital Divide with Shared Automated Electric Vehicles

Jessica Lazarus, Gordon Bauer, Jeffery Greenblatt, Susan Shaheen

This research investigates strategies to improve the mobility of low-income travelers by incentivizing the use of electric SAVs (SAEVs) and public transit. We employ two agent-based simulation engines, an activity-based travel demand model of the San Francisco Bay Area, and vehicle movement data from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles Basin to model emergent travel behavior of commute trips in response to subsidies for TNCs and public transit. Sensitivity analysis was conducted to assess the impacts of different subsidy scenarios on mode choices, TNC pooling and match...

Shared ride services in North America: definitions, impacts, and the future of pooling

Susan Shaheen, Adam Cohen

Shared ride services allow riders to share a ride to a common destination. They include ridesharing (carpooling and vanpooling); ridesplitting (a pooled version of ridesourcing/transportation network companies); taxi sharing; and microtransit. In recent years, growth of Internet-enabled wireless technologies, global satellite systems, and cloud computing - coupled with data sharing – are causing people to increase their use of mobile applications to share a ride. Some shared ride services, such as carpooling and vanpooling, can provide transportation, infrastructure, environmental, and...

Synthesis of State-Level Planning and Strategic Actions on Automated Vehicles: Lessons and Policy Guidance for California

Stephen Wong, Susan Shaheen

This synthesis provides a summary and comparative analysis of actions states across the United States are taking inresponse to automated vehicles (AVs). The research focuses on state-level stakeholder forums (e.g., task forces, committees) and state-level strategic actions (e.g., studies, initiatives, programs) initiated by a state legislature, agovernor, or a state agency. The analysis found that AV stakeholder forums and strategic actions address a diverse set offocus areas, but they pay minimal attention to the implications of AVs on the environment, public health, social equity,...

Mobility on Demand Planning and Implementation: Current Practices, Innovations, and Emerging Mobility Futures

Susan Shaheen, Adam Cohen, Jacquelyn Broader, Richard Davis, Les Brown, Radha Neelekantan, Deepak Gopalakrishna

This report provides Mobility on Demand (MOD) planning and implementation practices and tools to support communities. The report discusses different stakeholders in the MOD ecosystem and the role of partnerships in filling spatial, temporal, and other service gaps. Additionally, the report discusses how MOD can be integrated into transportation planning and modeling. The report also discusses shared mobility implementation considerations, such as rights-of-way management, multimodal integration, data sharing, equity, labor impacts, and the role of pilot evaluations. Finally, the...

Shared Mobility Policy and Modeling Workshop

Susan Shaheen, PhD; Adam Cohen; and Emily Farrar

The market for personal mobility is changing rapidly due to shifting social and cultural trends, as well as technological advances, such as smartphones, information processing, widespread dataconnectivity, sharing, and vehicle automation. Shared, on-demand mobility represents asustainable vision for future mobility with a reliable network of multimodal options that areavailable to all travelers. On March 22, 2019, the Local Government Commission (LGC)...