The transport sector is faced with unprecedented challenges including climate change, natural disasters, crumbling infrastructure, a shrinking highway trust fund, and uncertain roles for emerging technologies.
Autonomous and connected vehicles allow unprecedented possibilities in influencing and controlling traffic. In particular dissipating stop-and-go waves, naturally appearing in highway traffic, is an achievable goal.
Dr. Gomes is a research engineer at ITS, and also a lecturer with the Mechanical Engineering department. He came to Berkeley in 1999 as a graduate student in control theory, and focused on problems in traffic modeling and control.
Research objective: Explore the regulatory environment around “Personal Transportation Devices” (PTDs), documenting the current state of affairs, and recommending safe, practical regulations.
What are PTDs?