C2M2 Distinguished Speaker – Kara Kockelman

C2Mwould like to thank Kara Kockelman, Ph.D, University of Texas, Austin, for taking part in our C2M2 Distinguished Speaker Series. Her talk on July 10th, 2020 was well received and can be found in its entirety on our Youtube channel and the webinar section of our website.

Seminar Title

Shifting toward Shared Fleets & Shared Rides, via Autonomous Vehicles & Congestion Pricing

Seminar Abstract:

Connected and (fully-) automated vehicles (CAVs) are set to disrupt the ways in which we travel, and result in more motorized trips and longer trips. Shared AVs (SAVs) will offer many people access to such technologies at relatively low cost (e.g., $1 per mile), with empty-vehicle travel on the order of 10 to 15 percent of fleet VMT. If SAVs are smaller and/or electric, and dynamic ride-sharing is enabled and regularly used, emissions and energy demand may fall. If road tolls are thoughtfully applied, using GPS-based systems along with all congested network segments, total VMT may not rise: instead, travel times – and their unreliability – may fall. If credit-based congestion pricing is used, traveler welfare can rise and transportation systems may operate near-optimally. This presentation will present research relating to all these topics, including the benefits of SAV stop aggregation.

C2Minvites you to join us in welcoming Kara Kockelman, University of Texas, Ausitn, as a part of our C2M2 Distinguished Speaker Series. Dr. Kara Kockelman is a registered professional engineer and holds a Ph.D., MS, and BS in civil engineering, a master’s of city planning, and a minor in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a professor of transportation engineering at the University of Texas at Austin for 22 years and is a primary and co-author of over 160 journal articles (and two books) across a variety of subjects, nearly all of which involve transportation-related data analysis. Her primary research interests include planning for electric, shared and autonomous vehicle systems, the statistical modeling of urban systems (including models of travel behavior, trade, and location choice), energy and climate issues (vis-à-vis transport and land use decisions), the economic impacts of transport policy, and crash occurrence and consequences. Pre-prints of these papers & more details can be found at https://www.caee.utexas.edu/prof/kockelman/home.html.