Addressing Spatial Mismatch in Labor and Transportation Access with Connected Automated Shuttles to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Populations

Connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) deployment is poised to improve accessibility, lower costs, decrease congestion, and widen opportunities for mobility by underserved groups. Yet the benefits of automation remain unevenly distributed and future equity of opportunities depends on how new mobility solutions are designed and deployed within existing mobility systems and the broader society. Due to historical residential patterns, many households in the US find that car access is essential to reach jobs, opportunities, and daily necessities such as groceries and healthcare. The goal of this project is to investigate opportunities and challenges for emerging automated vehicle technologies and services to connect underserved and low-income populations with essential opportunities such as employment. Any new mobility solution needs to carefully contend with how different members of society currently navigate multimodal systems and gaps in service and access. This research will provide insight into designing automated shuttle services that help narrow the spatial mismatch between low-income workers and jobs, thereby improving their employment outcomes and economic opportunities.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $120000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Connected and Automated Transportation

    University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    Northwestern University, Evanston

    Transportation Center, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    2145 Sheridan Road, A335
    Evanston, IL  United States  60208
  • Principal Investigators:

    Stathopoulos, Amanda

  • Start Date: 20240617
  • Expected Completion Date: 20250617
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01905390
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Connected and Automated Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348305
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 23 2024 5:21PM