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Research Areas

Disruptive Mobility Technologies

Movement of People & Goods

Smart Cities

Smart Infrastructure

People mobility

Moving people and products continues to be a critical challenge across Canada and worldwide, stemming from rapid urbanization, low-quality public transport and an increase in motorization.

If governments fail to resolve these issues quickly, mass urbanization and industrialization will cause growth inequalities in social and economic advancement, increase reliance on fossil fuels and destroy ecologies. In response to these tremendous challenges, personal mobility is rapidly shifting social, technological and economic paradigms, led by disruptive technologies: autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, electric vehicles and shared mobility.

These advances require the replacement of our current vehicle-centric systems with data-enabled, autonomous and intelligent mobility. Recently, we have been observing a rapid emergence of these future mobility technologies, including the latest advancements in Internet-of-Things (IoT), 5G/6G communications, robotics, high-precision positioning, smart grid, data security and AI. However, despite the success and tremendous benefits of future mobility, it has yet to be widely accepted and used.

There remain many issues to be addressed before such technologies can become integrated into our communities.

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