The state of transportation in many cities around the world today is neither environmentally sustainable, conducive for human interaction nor supportive of equitable access to work and amenities.  Developed top-down around automobiles, many American cities’ streets struggle to provide the sociable, human-scale experience to retain young people and facilitate exchange, and their outdated transit infrastructure fail to provide convenient everyday access to/from jobs, threatening the social mobility of many citizens. 

Matching the allocation of technology to the complexity of the surrounding environment  

Matching the allocation of technology to the complexity of the surrounding environment  

At Changing Places, we consider urban transportation as a fundamental enabler to people’s wellbeing and productive potential.   We believe that a livable, competitive city of the future will offer multi-modal mobility experience that is convenient, affordable and pleasurable, by integrating a full spectrum of modes, including walking, cycling, transit, as well as autonomous technology and on-demand services.  
To help cities get there, we currently focus on the following four initiatives:

  • Light-weight autonomous vehicle: How might we help people and goods move around the city without resorting to 4-wheel automobiles while minimizing the carbon footprint?

  • Smart Urban Infrastructure: How might we effectively embed technology into the urban environment to enable an intelligent multi-modal mobility system?

  • Impact assessment: How might mobility-on-demand change the way we conceive, allocate, finance and maintain the transit infrastructure?

  • Behavioral nudge: How might we overcome legacy habits and more effectively promote sustainable and safe transit behaviors?