Two Weeks Until CommuteCon 2020

Two Weeks Until CommuteCon 2020

CommuteCon will take place on April 1, 2020 from 9am – 2pm PST. CommuteCon is a free online conference that brings together people focused on finding smart, sustainable solutions to big mobility challenges. Join hundreds of your fellow commuter management leaders from around the world for an amazing lineup of presentations from industry thought leaders. Speakers include: Susan Shaheen, Co-Direct at UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center; Timothy Papandreou, Founder at Emerging Transport Advisors; Emma Huang, Principal Transportation Planner at LA Metro Office of Extraordinary Innovation; and Danielle Glaser, Head of Bay Area Transportation at LinkedIn; among others. If you are interested in participating, you can learn more about the conference and...
Car Sharing Service Turo Relies on Data to Get Ahead in Crowded Rental Market

Car Sharing Service Turo Relies on Data to Get Ahead in Crowded Rental Market

Mark Hamstra October 22, 2019 When it comes to marketing, Turo tries to make every dollar count. The company — sometimes referred to as the “Airbnb of car rentals” — was founded in 2009 with operations in San Francisco and Boston, and has since expanded to more than 5,000 cities across the U.S., Canada, Germany, and the U.K. It competes not only against established car rental giants such as National, Enterprise, Dollar, Avis, and Hertz, but also against similar peer-to-peer (P2P) car-sharing platforms such as Getaround. Turo offers car owners, whom it calls “hosts,” a way to earn money sharing their vehicles with renters, or “guests,” who benefit from Turo’s broad selection of vehicles and potential savings compared with traditional car rental agencies. An extensive report on the P2P car sharing industry published last year by the University of California, Berkeley, estimated that in 2017, about 2.9 million people in North America were participating in P2P car sharing across six different platforms with a combined fleet of 131,336 shared vehicles… Read the full article...
Can the Sharing Economy be Leveraged in Disaster Relief? Lessons from California

Can the Sharing Economy be Leveraged in Disaster Relief? Lessons from California

Susan Shaheen, PhD, Stephen Wong, and Adam Cohen September 12, 2019 Natural and man-made disasters and their emergency evacuations are more common than many people realize, and remain a common strategy to ensure safety. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the most frequent causes of evacuations in the U.S. each year are fires and floods. Due to the heavy reliance on private vehicles in the U.S., evacuations using personally owned automobiles have historically been the focus of many emergency managers. However, this can be problematic for public transit dependent and carless households who may have transportation challenges in an emergency. The critical role of evacuation planning for carless households became a serious issue during Hurricane Katrina when evacuation plans did not adequately include a process for evacuating the estimated 200,000 to 300,000 people without reliable personal transportation. However, New Orleans is not alone. Research has found that one-third of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. do not have evacuation plans, and less than half of cities with evacuation plans mention carless or vulnerable populations. Lessons learned from past experiences in emergency management include… Read the full article...
Key Takeaways from 2019 U.S. Workshop: Mobility on Demand, Automation, and Equity

Key Takeaways from 2019 U.S. Workshop: Mobility on Demand, Automation, and Equity

Susan Shaheen, PhD August 29, 2019 The market for personal mobility is changing rapidly due to shifting demographics and social trends, as well as technological advances such as: smartphones, information processing, and widespread data connectivity. Over the past year, we have been writing about Mobility on Demand(MOD): an innovative transportation concept evolving around connected travelers, where consumers can access mobility and goods delivery services on-demand by dispatching or using public transportation, shared mobility, courier services, urban air mobility, and other innovative and emerging technologies. MOD is based on the principle that transportation is a commodity where modes have economic values that are distinguishable in terms of cost, journey time, wait time, number of connections, convenience, and other attributes. In January 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine co-hosted a workshop on: “Mobility on Demand — A Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Future” at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC. The workshop facilitated a dialogue among over 150 participants from… Read the full article...
Top 19 of 2019 Influential Women in Mobility

Top 19 of 2019 Influential Women in Mobility

Vulog July 18, 2019   Congratulations to Susan Shaheen, who was featured as one of Vulog’s Top 19 of 2019 Influential Women in Mobility. Vulog has released a publication featuring profiles of leading women in the mobility sector worldwide who “truly embody the notion of transforming ideas to impact.”   Download the report here: Top 19 of 2019 Influential Women in...