How the airline industry recovers from COVID-19 could determine who gets organ transplants

As policymakers weigh financial aid for the airline industry, they have an opportunity to help make the US organ transplantation system more equitable at the same time.

Ronghuo Zheng, Assistant Professor of Accounting, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Tags: health medicine business covid-19 coronavirus pandemic organ-transplant transportation airlines kidney-transplant organ-transplantation

School bus safety during the COVID-19 pandemic: 8 recommendations

A researcher explains what it will take to make sure children are reasonably safe from catching the coronavirus aboard school buses.

Jesse Capecelatro, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  covid-19  sars-cov-2  coronavirus-2020  buses  k-12-education  transportation  aerosols

Does ride-sharing substitute for or complement public transit?

In the Chinese city of Chengdu, one-third of ride-sharing might replace public transit trips.

Gavin Choo | Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cities sustainability pollution development research transportation automobiles school-of-architecture-and-planning urban-studies-and-planning singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart

Ride-share drivers still show bias against customers

Racial and LGBT bias persists among ride-share drivers, primarily after they see a rider's photo. Is it time for policymakers to intervene?

George Vlahakis-Indiana • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: bias discrimination transportation society-and-culture lgbtq race-and-ethnicity sharing-economy

With fewer cars on US streets, now is the time to reinvent roadways and how we use them

City streets were built to accommodate cars, but the COVID-19 pandemic has scrambled our transport needs. Many cities are moving to make streets more people-friendly and less car-centric.

Kevin J. Krizek, Professor of Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cars urban-planning transportation roads traffic sustainable-cities postpandemic-future traffic-jam city-planning bicycles hoverboards

Uber or Lyft electric car swap saves 3X more carbon than yours

Swapping out a gas-powered Uber or Lyft vehicle with an electric car cuts emissions three times more than when an individual driver makes that switch, research finds.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
July 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: sustainability emissions transportation apps earth-and-environment vehicles

New fuel cells double the voltage

New liquid-fueled fuel cells outdo the voltage of conventional hydrogen fuel cells. Researchers call it a "game changer."

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cars transportation fuel-cells hydrogen science-and-technology

Self-driving taxis could be a setback for those with different needs – unless companies embrace accessible design now

In order to create an efficient future transportation system, autonomous vehicles need to accommodate people with different mobility needs.

John Lunsford, PhD Candidate in Media, Technology and Society, Cornell University • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  pollution  disability  braille  uber  autonomous-vehicles  transportation  safety  technology  self-driving-vehicles  wheelchairs  lyft  americans-with-disabilities-act-ada  waymo  transportation-safety

Stiffer roadways could improve truck fuel efficiency

Study finds simple changes in road resurfacing practices could improve gas mileage for heavy vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability greenhouse-gases infrastructure emissions research transportation automobiles carbon-nanotubes school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology concrete concrete-sustainability-hub

Try it: Will COVID lead to ‘extreme traffic’ in your city?

A move from public transportation to single-rider cars due to COVID-19 may create a new boom in traffic. See how your city could fare with a new tool.

Marissa Shapiro-Vanderbilt • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cities covid-19 transportation traffic society-and-culture vehicles

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