A primary mission of the Mobility 21 UTC is research, development and deployment.

Combing data, communications and responsible analytics will provide measurable benefits for cities and better informed and empowered citizens.

Mobility21 leveraged connected and automated vehicle technologies, smart city technologies like adaptive traffic signals, real-time traveler information services, preventive maintenance techniques, predictive analytics and alternative modes of transportation like bicycles to improve the mobility of people and goods in the 21st century efficiently and safely.

Thrust Areas

Smart Community Technologies

You think cities are crowded now? By 2030, more than 5 billion people will live in urban settings. If we want to prevent global gridlock, we need to develop technologies to make the travelers, transportation managers, vehicles and infrastructure smarter to enable traffic to flow smoothly and safely.

Multi-Modal Connections

Having one way from getting to point A to point B doesn’t cut it anymore. Our changing lifestyles and needs demand that we are empowered to choose the most practical route; whether it’s biking, driving, walking, or public transit. Now is the time to be proactive and start prioritizing the movement of people over the movement of cars.

Assistive Technologies for People with Disabilities

Technological advancements have been empowering people with disabilities for years. Yet, the benefits of these advancements have failed to adequately reach this segment of the traveling public. Our goal is to make transportation accessible for everyone by leveraging new technologies that provide better transit access, improve safety in navigating streets and sidewalks, and help the aging and disabled safety operate vehicles.

Data Modeling and Analytical Tools

Data is everywhere. While transportation agencies have information and advanced planning tools today, they often only serve one siloed purpose. Utilizing multi modal public and private data and creating a richer, more complete picture of what’s happening on the ground will help transportation agencies improve operations, reduce costs and better serve their communities.

    Novel Models of Transport

    Just 10 years ago, living in a major city without a car was considered an eccentric behavior. Ten years has made a lot of difference. We live in an age of bike-share, car-share, real time transit, automated and connected vehicles that has made it easier to carry a smartphone than own a car. But there are challenges that remain, and Mobility21 aims to find the solutions.

    Regional Planning and Transportation Priorities

    Our communities were built to accommodate cars first. But as population pressure grows, we need to put the focus back on the people who live there. At Mobility21, we’re recognizing the limits of our current roadway systems, finding ways to increase transit efficiency and novel modes of transportation and helping communities prepare for the not-so-distant future of transportation.

    Increased Opportunity Access that Promote Equity

    The aging and inadequate transportation infrastructure is an issue for us all, but no one feels it harder than the most impoverished citizens in isolated city neighborhoods and rural communities. The system leaves many Americans hoping to better themselves stuck without access to jobs, education or human services. Upward mobility relies on the ability to get around efficiently. Access to quality transportation is the first step.