Carnegie Mellon Engineering

Mobility21 Research Overview

The primary goal of the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center for Improving Mobility is to develop and deploy technologies, policies, incentives and training programs for improving the mobility of people and goods in the 21st century efficiently and safely.

As shown in the image, the Mobility21 research activities are aimed at improving congestion, emissions and access using

  • Smart city technologies that sense, communicate and process information from across a metropolitan region and adapt operational aspects to enable traffic to flow smoothly and safely,
  • Multi-modal connections that offer multiple travel options including the first-mile/last-mile segments and shared bikes augmented by traveler information services optimized for individual needs,
  • Assistive technologies for people with disabilities that proactively offer transit assistance, sharpened awareness of the driving environment, and friendlier modes of interaction with a vehicle,
  • Data modeling and analytical tools to track VMT, extract inter-dependencies from user lifestyles, obtain safe routes based on vehicle types, and monitor the health and status of the traffic control system,
  • Novel modes of transport with a strong emphasis on connected and automated vehicles,
  • Regional planning to collect fine-grained traffic information for establishing transportation priorities, to phase in V2X deployments strategically, and to guide pedestrians, and
  • Improved transportation access to disadvantaged neighborhoods using smart automated shuttles.
Mobility 21 Diagram

All projects within the Mobility21 National UTC thrusts are motivated by the pressing need to address congestion, emissions, and access to safe and efficient transportation. Technologies, policies, and incentives must work together to address the large-scale demands of transportation mobility. Since transportation is comprised of a multitude of mobility options and sources, and hence requires a multi-pronged set of solutions. Mobility21 has at its core a host of multi-disciplinary faculty members and students hailing from different engineering disciplines, computer science, robotics, information systems, public policy, and planning.