After a brief overview of the MMI, this talk will cover some of the challenges facing our modern transportation systems, covering topics such as climate change, congestion, safety, reliability, and inequality. This will be looked at from the perspective of different types of systems – the private automobile, public transit, micromobility, and on-demand ride hail.
Examples from academia and industry highlighting the unique challenges will be presented. Promising new trends and technologies in mobility that can be used to address and overcome some of the aforementioned challenges will be covered next. And finally, the research at MMI and, more broadly, at MIT tackling these issues by working in partnership with industry will be highlighted. The audience will leave this talk with a greater appreciation for the critical role that mobility plays in society, its unique challenges, and the promising research taking place at MIT that can help accelerate a safe, clean, and inclusive mobility system.