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  •  Nearly 90% of Americans own cars, making the country a leader in traffic jams and pollution and costing the economy $124bn. Car sharing presents a good antidote to decongesting our roads – it gives people the freedom to drive whenever they want without the cost of maintaining and parking their cars.

    According to new research released this month, each vehicle used for one-way car sharing, in particular, can eliminate as many as 11 cars from plying the streets and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 13 metric tons a year.

    The findings, published in a report by UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC ) this week, looked at the environmental benefits created by Car2go, the largest one-way car sharing service in North America.

    The Guardian
  •  A new study found that cities that turn to a flexible type of car-sharing stand to benefit from less pollution, less traffic and more parking. Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center focused on the impact of car2go, which is different from car services like Zipcar and GM's (GM) Maven. With car2go, drivers paying a one-time $35 membership fee and can rent a vehicle parked on a nearby public street and leave it elsewhere in the city. There's no need to reserve a vehicle ahead of time, or return it to a designated parking lot. Car2go strikes deals with local governments so that its cars can be parked in public spots.

    CNN
  •  A new Transportation Sustainability Research Center study investigates local and global effects of car-sharing, finding that the service benefits users and their communities.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • According to a new Transportation Sustainability Research Center study, every car2go vehicle removes as many as 11 personal cars from city streets.

    The Atlantic City Lab
  •  At the annual Automated Vehicles Symposium on Tuesday, speakers in San Francisco emphasized that the decisions of human beings—as regulators, executives and consumers—are going to determine how bright, or how dark, the future of self-driving cars will be. ITS Professor Joan Walker, highlighted the example of “zero-occupancy” vehicles that could be clogging up residential streets as people summon them for on-demand home deliveries.

    Time Magazine
  •  While a landmark study on Uber and Lyft remains forthcoming, Transportation Sustainability Research Center Co-Director Susan Shaheen is publishing her team’s assessment of one-way car-sharing company Car2go on Tuesday. “We had access to an unprecedented data set where we were really able to ask all the questions we wanted to ask,” she says, like what people were doing to get around before they started using the service and how it has changed their behavior since then.

    Time Magazine
  •  Consumers must be made aware of any self-driving technology's capabilities and limitations, says Steven Shladover, program manager for mobility at California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH), a University of California, Berkeley, intelligent transportation systems research and development program.

    Scientific American
  •  In the second episode of the ITE Talks Transportation podcast, Susan Shaheen, Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley; Co-Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC); and Director, Innovative Mobility Research, discusses shared mobility and how the business models in this transportation delivery segment will continue to evolve. Susan is an internationally recognized leader in innovative mobility research, focused on carsharing, bikesharing, and ridesharing.

    Transportation Radio
  •  Self-driving cars sound like a dream for bumper-to-bumper traffic. And imagine all the reading during long road trips! This hour, we’ll talk about how these cars will function and how engineers are making them safe with U.C.-Berkeley research engineer Steven Shladover. He writes about the future of self-driving cars in the June issue of Scientific American magazine.

    KERA
  • Institute of Transportation Studies Directpr Alexandre Bayen and Assistant Director Laura Melengy talk about UC Berkeley's involvment in the San Francisco  petition for 'smart city' funding from the US Department of Transportation.

    Daily Californian