Innovative Mobility Research (IMR)
Understanding the social and environmental impacts of transportation
IMR’s research examines and analyzes current transportation and land use options available to consumers and new transportation concepts and technologies that are emerging.
Innovative Mobility Research (IMR) is a group of researchers whose projects explore innovative mobility technologies and services that could improve transportation options, while reducing their negative societal and environmental impacts. IMR contributes critical data and analysis to help mobility providers give consumers optimal solutions to meet their transportation needs.
As IMR looks towards the future, it is expanding its research into the areas of transportation-related energy and environmental issues. Innovative mobility, through both technological advances and modifying people’s travel patterns and behaviors, is an important tool to reduce energy consumption and to create a sustainable transportation system.
IMR is based at the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) at the University of California, Berkeley. IMR’s current research areas include: goods movement, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), transit connections, mobility for special populations, and alternative land use and transport futures. IMR designs research projects and conducts evaluations throughout the State of California, the U.S., and internationally.
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Carsharing allows people to rent cars on a short-term (hourly or daily), as-needed basis, paying only for the time they use the car and the mileage they drive. The operators of the carsharing program provide vehicle maintenance, repair, and insurance.
Bikesharing is a sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation alternative that targets daily mobility by providing short-term bicycle rentals. Bikesharing programs allow users to access bicycles on an “as-needed” basis. Programs are commonly concentrated in urban settings and provide multiple bike station locations that enable users to pick up and return bicycles to different stations.