2017 Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP)

Project: Research project

Project Details


The research plan involves modeling, optimizing, simulating, and analyzing the operations of shared-use mobility services, enabled by fully-autonomous vehicles (AV). The motivation for this research stems from two recent developments in the transportation industry. The first is the emergence and growth of shared-use mobility services, such as those offered by ridesourcing companies Uber and Lyft, and carsharing companies Zipcar and Car2go. The second is the expected advent and adoption of AVs. Together, shared-use mobility services, enabled by AV fleets, have the potential to fundamentally alter passenger transportation via shifting travelers away from personal vehicles. Personal vehicles have been the predominant mode of passenger transportation for decades; however, by eliminating the labor costs and performance limitations of human drivers, AVs should allow mobility service providers to compete with personal vehicles in terms of cost and quality of service for nearly all trip purposes.
Effective start/end date1/1/188/31/18


  • Federal Highway Administration (693JJ31845043)


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