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Electric robotaxis might not provide the greener travel everybody expects
Automotive News

A report from the University of California, Davis Institute of Transportation Studies issued this year found “pooled ride-hailing may become even more unappealing in an automated future.”

Biden wants union jobs and clean air. Delivering both might be tough
Politico

Gil Tal, director of the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at University of California, Davis, said income limits aren’t likely to affect sales one way or another because research shows that wealthy Americans will buy expensive cars without incentives.

The plug-in hybrid: Goldilocks bridge or postponement tool?
Yale Climate Connections

“It’s the least understood technology around,” says Gil Tal, director of the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center at the University of California, Davis.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Acknowledgement

Transportation policies and investments have played a significant role in creating and perpetuating the deep racial inequities that exist in America today. Due in part to historic exclusion from decision-making processes, we have created a transportation system that has limited access by people of color and other marginalized groups to work, education, health, and other opportunities. Our highways have benefitted suburban and mostly white commuters while destroying and isolating many urban Black and brown communities. Transit investments too often have prioritized rail access for higher-income communities over bus and rail access for lower-income communities. Freight facilities and traffic have been concentrated in disadvantaged communities, disrupting those communities and worsening air quality and pedestrian safety.

ITS-Davis acknowledges that racism has influenced academic research, instruction and training, and the makeup of our research community. We recognize that our research has helped to shape America’s transportation system and its inequities. ITS-Davis takes seriously its responsibility to address this racism and is committed to research and higher education that is diverse, equitable, inclusive and that furthers justice.

Commitment

Acknowledging this history, ITS-Davis and the Policy Institute are taking action to create a more accessible and equitable transportation future—one that serves all people–and to instill the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the core values of our organizations, in our research, education, and outreach programs, and our workplace.

Visit our Diversity Equity, and Inclusion page for more information on our ongoing efforts.

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