Linking self-driving cars to traffic signals might help pedestrians give them the green light

Pedestrians are wary of autonomous cars, but they trust traffic lights. Researchers suggest driverless cars could communicate directly with the signals to make their own actions more predictable.

Lionel Peter Robert Jr., Associate Professor of Information, University of Michigan • conversation
April 21, 2020 ~6 min

In Boston, ‘stay-at-home’ orders cleaned the air

"It's as if I magically implemented our most ambitious emissions reduction policies," says Lucy Hutyra, on cleaner air following COVID-19 directives.

Jessica Colarossi-Boston University • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Harvard Chan School to tackle distracted driving

Crashes caused by distracted drivers are believed to have been the biggest cause of a 14 percent rise in traffic fatalities since 2014. The Harvard Chan School’s Center for Health Communication is mounting an anti-distracted driving campaign this fall to make headway against a problem that has proven resistant to change despite efforts by government, insurance companies, carmakers and others. The Gazette spoke to the center’s director, Jay Winsten.

Alvin Powell • harvard
July 2, 2019 ~13 min

Check the map for your county’s traffic-asthma link

Childhood asthma cases in the US attributable to traffic-related air pollution dramatically decreased over a 10-year period, research shows.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
April 8, 2019 ~3 min

How many taxis does a city need? | MIT News

New dispatching approach could cut the number of cars on the road while meeting rider demand.

Helen Knight | MIT News correspondent • mit
May 23, 2018 ~6 min

3 Questions: Chris Zegras on designing your city’s transit system | MIT News

MIT-designed tool lets people test realistic changes to local transit networks.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 8, 2017 ~7 min

A simple solution for terrible traffic | MIT News

Study: Without HOV policies, urban traffic gets much, much worse.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
July 6, 2017 ~7 min

Sharing the fares | MIT News

Very different cities have similar potential for ride sharing, study finds.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 6, 2017 ~5 min

Cutting down runway queues | MIT News

Model that predicts time from gate departure to takeoff could cut airport congestion, fuel waste.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 14, 2016 ~7 min

MIT awarded Dept. of Energy grant to create and deploy energy-saving travel information and incentives system | MIT News

$4 million grant will determine whether travel choices can be influenced by data and rewards to save energy.

Marilyn Siderwicz | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering • mit
Aug. 6, 2015 ~4 min