Emerging Technologies and Cities: Assessing the Impacts of New Mobility on Cities

Becky Steckler, University of Oregon

Co-investigator:

Summary:

Advances in emerging technologies – such as autonomous vehicles (AV’s), E-commerce, and the sharing economy – are having profound effects not only on how we live, move, and spend our time in cities, but also on urban form and development itself. These new technologies are changing how people and goods move around a city and are beginning to have substantial effects on land use, street design, parking, housing. These changes will have significant implications for city governance, revenues, and budgets.

In partnership with the Cities of Gresham and Eugene (the Cities), this project will assess the challenges, as well as the opportunities, that autonomous vehicles (AVs), transportation network companies (TNCs), deployment of electric vehicles (EVs), and other shared mobility innovations (together referred to as new mobility) will present to cities and include recommendations that help the cities achieve citywide goals related to equity, the economy, the environment, safety, and transportation.

The research will focus on the secondary effects of new mobility on land use, transportation, urban design, and real estate markets and how those will impact the Cities’ policies, programs, and budgets. The research team will conduct a literature review of the existing research and industry trends for passenger and freight delivery via new mobility technologies. The research team will also review best practices and policies being considered or adopted specific to passenger and freight delivery, primarily in North America, secondarily around the world. Given the potential impacts of new mobility on communities, the University of Oregon will work with a budgeting class (taught by Rebecca Lewis) and at least one (possibly two) classes (TBD) through the Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) to analyze existing transportation and land use plans in each city, in addition to conducting interviews with relevant city staff and other stakeholders to identify challenges and vulnerabilities, such as fiscal impacts and development challenges. Focusing on local plans and regulations, the research team will identify opportunities to improve the existing frameworks by offering policy recommendations, implementation strategies, and recommendations for better city coordination. The lessons learned from this analysis will be used to inform other regions that are considering new strategies and policies related to new mobility have substantial effects on land use, street design, parking, housing. These changes will have significant implications for city governance, revenues, and budgets.

Impacts:

Both the cities of Gresham and Eugene are developing micromobility and TNC policies, regulations, and revenue guidance. The information from these reports will help inform this work. In addition, the information from all of the reports provide data and guidance to mid-sized cities across the country about the potential impacts of new mobility services and how they can address those issues. 

Project Details

Project Type:
Research
Project Status:
In Progress
End Date:
October 31,2019
UTC Grant Cycle:
NITC 16 Round 2
UTC Funding:
$70,505