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Three Revolutions In Urban Transportation’ Sees A Driverless Car Future

May 19, 2017

UC Davis academic researcher Lew Fulton, co-director of the ITS-Davis Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways program, talks about his report titled “Three Revolutions in Urban Transportation” and how shared mobility could make the future more sustainable.

Capital Public Radio – Insight

Report Says Shared Mobility Key to a Better Future

May 11, 2017

“When it comes to cars, what we learned early in life still holds true – sharing makes everything better,” says lead author Lewis Fulton, a co-director at the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways program of the UC-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies.

Wards Auto

RideSharing Has A Massive Role To Play In Mitigating CO2 Emissions

May 11, 2017

“Electric cars and automation are important, but they will not change much about how we move about our cities and could even make traffic congestion worse…With a major increase in ride sharing in both taxi-like vehicles and micro-transit, we could cut traffic by at least 50%. Electrification and sharing will also be critical for cutting CO2 emissions.”—Lew Fulton, co-director of the STEPS program at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies.

The Self-Driving Dilemma

May 11, 2017

“It could take 30 or 40 years to phase in electric cars and reach this driverless car world where everything is clean and automated in a perfect symphony. But we have to figure out how to live for decades where you have many kinds of vehicles out there, unless we made some kind of decision as a society to accelerate the change.”—Lew Fulton, co-director of the STEPS program at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies.


Transportation Experts Praise Proposed Fuel Tax Increases

May 5, 2017

Deb Niemeier, a civil infrastructure expert at the University of California Davis, praised S.B. 1 for
focusing more on alternative transportation, but said the legislation doesn’t go far enough. “Why not pay cities to take roads out of
service, and make them active transport[bicycling and walking paths] . . . or pay cities sufficient funds so they can run bigger transit services?”

Deb Niemeier

Tax Analysts

Combining 3 Vehicle Technologies Could Nearly Eliminate Auto Emissions

May 4, 2017

“We have to stop thinking that self-driving cars will automatically be sustainable,” said Lew Fulton, co-director of the STEPS program at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. “We need policies to make sure we steer this towards electric and efficient.”

Scientific American/ClimateWire

Institute of Transportation Studies founds Women’s Transportation Seminar student chapter

May 2, 2017

“As a woman who works in the transportation industry I was driven to bring together a group of other women and create a support system to help advance each other’s careers,” said Sarah Strand, a master’s student in the TTP graduate program hosted by ITS. “It’s really about fostering a culture of supporting women in an industry that’s historically been male-dominated.”

Jayashri Padmanabhan

The Aggie

Getting There – Transit in the Sacramento Region

April 21, 2017

“This is a very exciting time right now. And a very important time,” Professor Dan Sperling, director of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. “We are seeing three new sets of innovations that are all transformational.”

KVIE-PBS TV ViewFinder

Portable Solar Units Fill the Electric Charging Void

March 27, 2017

“It’s pretty expensive, but I would say even now there’s a niche for them. It really depends on the battery cost and how well they can bring down the cost of the existing structures, ” said Michael Nicholas, a researcher at the Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center at the University of California, Davis.

Jed Kim


California Upholds Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump

March 24, 2017

“All of the evidence — call it science, call it economics — shows that if anything, these standards should be even more aggressive,” said California Air Resources Board member Daniel Sperling, a transportation expert at the University of California, Davis.

Hiroko Tabuchi

New York Times

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