Three transportation revolutions: Steering sharing, automation, and electrification toward the public interest

Tuesday, February 06, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Building E51, 315
70 MEMORIAL DR, Cambridge, MA 02142

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Full video and 3 questions with Sperling:

Daniel Sperling’s research examines the potential benefits, impacts, and synergies of the three transportation “revolutions:” electrification, automation, and pooling. In this seminar, Sperling will describe what needs to happen for this new transportation paradigm to truly benefit the public interest. Sperling will provide insight into the forces—from effective government policies to partnerships between transit operators, mobility service companies, automakers, and others—that will be instrumental in enhancing social equity, environmental sustainability, and urban livability.

These ideas are discussed in depth in the book Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future, co-authored by Sperling along with other leaders in the field. The first fifty pre-registered individuals to arrive at this seminar will receive free copies of the book.  

  • Examining the potential benefits, impacts, and synergies of the three “transportation” revolutions 

  • Reviewing innovative ideas and partnerships within the transportation sector 

  • Exploring the necessity of effective government policy in shifting the new transportation paradigm toward the public interest

Speaker Bio:

Daniel Sperling is a distinguished professor of civil engineering and environmental science and policy, and founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). He was appointed to the transportation seat on the California Air Resources Board by Governors Schwarzenegger and Brown and served as chair of the Transportation Research Board in 2015-16. He won the 2013 Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation for being “a pioneer in opening up new fields of study to create more efficient, low-carbon, and environmentally beneficial transportation systems.”


This MITEI Seminar was made possible with the generous support of IHS Markit.

Please note this is a public event and we will open our doors to unregistered participants 15 minutes before the event start time. To guarantee your seat, we recommend you register and arrive at least 15 minutes early.

If you are not able to attend, note there will be a high-quality recording of this seminar made available on our YouTube channel about a week following the event.


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