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ITS-Davis, PSR Host Seminar on How Might People Spend Time When Traveling in an Automated Vehicle

Friday, December 24, 2021

On November 19 th , the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis) in partnership with the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR) hosted Professor Chandra Bhat for a seminar on autonomous vehicle impacts. Titled “How Might People Spend Time When Traveling in a Fully Automated Vehicle, and What Effect Might it Have on the Intensity of Travel,” the seminar featured research from Dr. Chandra Bhat and his team. Dr. Bhat is a professor in the Department ...

Spotlight on U Hawaii PhD Farnaz Kaviari

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Meet Farnaz Kaviari, PhD student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Farnaz was born and raised in Iran and has centered her studies around civil engineering and urban planning. Farnaz has achieved multiple awards throughout her educational path and was given the honor of receiving three years of a full assistantship from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was also ranked 30th among over 2,000 participants in Iranian National University Entrance ...

Online Shopping Behavior Research

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Feeling like you need a break from all that online shopping? Tell us about it. Led by Dr. Genevieve Giuliano and a team of researchers in the METRANS Transportation Center, research is being conducted to learn about how we order and receive packages when we shop online. Our team is looking for any and all types of online shoppers to tell us about your experiences using our brief online survey. It will take approximately 10 minutes. The survey is available here . The survey results will be used to develop strategies to help decarbonize online shopping.   Thank you for taking a moment to help us.

METRANS Advisory Board Meeting Looks to the Future of Sustainability

Monday, December 6, 2021

The METRANS Advisory Board gathered on November 5th, 2021, meeting virtually to discuss new organizational initiatives, timely transportation topics, including the recently passed Infrastructure Bill, and their potential impacts. The Board also considered ways to strengthen communications efforts with an eye toward reaching a wider audience for METRANS research and programs. The board welcomed guests including a representative from the ILWU to learn more about METRANS activities, new METRANS Associates ...


Environmental Justice in Southeast Los Angeles: PSR Researcher Address Pollution and Mobility Issues

Monday, December 6, 2021

Environmental justice is concerned with eliminating the disproportionate impacts of environmental damage on low-income communities and ensuring residents have a say about the activities that affect their environment and health. Research in environmental justice means uncovering, analyzing, and proposing solutions to the higher rates of environmental burdens in these communities. These burdens include excessive exposure to toxic air pollutants, hazardous materials, and water pollution. The project ...

PSR Researchers Estimate the Environmental Impact of Autonomous Emergency Braking

Sunday, December 5, 2021

In 2019, almost 7 million traffic crashes took place in the United States, contributing to the majority of the country’s road congestion. These crashes and the resulting congestion incur environmental costs, with drivers wasting fuel by taking longer routes or sitting in traffic. Automatic/Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), a safety feature within advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS), was developed as a means of preventing accidents. This technology allows a vehicle to detect emergencies ...

USC Students Win WTS-LA Scholarships

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Each year the Los Angeles chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS-LA), facilitated by the generous support of local sponsors, awards academic scholarships to a select group of inspiring females aspiring to pursue careers in the transportation sector. We are grateful for all who make this program possible to support the next generation of female transportation professionals.    This year, four USC students have received these scholarships:  doctoral student Aisling ...