Welcome to the SMART blog! It’s a dynamic counterpart to SMART’s website, posting-up-to-the-minute sustainable transportation news, events, jobs, and other opportunities from the U.S. and around the world. It also links to innovations, new research, policy updates, related newsletters, inspiring initiatives, and videos that come our way. You can contribute too! Please send relevant information to Kim Seelye. The blog will benefit and grow from your involvement. SMART is a project of University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. MANY THANKS to the FIA Foundation for their generous support of the development of SMART’s blog in the interests of advancing New Mobility implementation. Many thanks also to Ford Motor Company for supporting the development of this blog through its generous ongoing support of SMART.


Congratulations to Komal Anand-Doshi and her husband Aalap on their new baby girl, Adaa!

Our team here at SMART is small but growing! Our latest addition, Adaa, was born to SMART’s dynamite research associate and Mobi lead Komal Anand-Doshi on May 8, 2016. On behalf of the entire Mobi community, we continue to wish a hearty congratulations to Komal and her husband Aalap on their beautiful new family member! And we are so glad Komal is now back in full force so if inspired you can offer congratulations directly at kanand@umich.edu.


SMART’s MobiPrize award ceremony on Oct 17, 2016 at the HABITAT III International conference in Quito, Ecuador.

Join us at the HABITAT III International Conference to honor the winners of MobiPrize. 

We are delighted that this year the Mobi Prize award ceremony (and lively panel) will take place at the HABITAT III International conference in Quito, Ecuador (Oct 17-20).in conjunction with an exciting line-up of ICLEI EcoMobility Program activities (Oct 16-19)

Honoring entrepreneurial ventures as well as city, state, and national governments supporting New Mobility enterprise, the MobiPrize offers a global platform for showcasing the kind of disruptive mobility innovation that is driving investment throughout the global marketplace. For more information go to http://mobi-platform.com/mobiprize/

MobiPrize 2015 Winners:


Making the Business Case for Mobility

Connected and self-driving cars are dazzling to consider. But what is the business case for carmakers? What is the value to them to produce such vehicles?

Seeking answers for such questions is an EY team headed by Kristin Schondorf, executive director of Automotive and Transportation Mobility at EY. She says carmakers must begin to view the vehicle as a service. That means determining what customers want and analyzing how carmakers will partner with tech companies and others outside the traditional auto industry.

Schondorf is looking at multi-modal transportation and developing strategies the personal transportation providers can use to help cities ease congestion and improve air quality.

Watch the interview with Kristin Schondorf at http://www.autobeatdaily.com/articles/making-the-business-case-for-mobility.


PILOT Innovation Challenge – $20K prize

PILOT is calling on all entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and creative thinkers to submit their ideas for accelerating broadcast innovation in the first annual PILOT Innovation Challenge.

What is the Challenge Question?

How might local television and radio broadcasters engage their communities with next generation content on any device, whether big, small or moving?

When working together, content and technology can create experiences that serve our local communities. We’re looking for engaging content that evolves with technology. What sort of technology are we thinking? It could be anything! TVs, radios, tablets, mobile phones, computers, wearables, VR devices, gaming systems, even an IoT kitchen sink! Or it could be something new that is waiting for someone like you to develop.

For more information, see http://nabpilot.org/challenge.


Transportation Team Leader – Last day to apply is tomorrow May 21!

Do you like to organize, lead, and collaborate on efforts to create a more equitable, livable and sustainability community? Do you have a special interest in transportation and related issues?

Way2Go, a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (Ithaca, NY), is hiring a Team Leader to oversee local and regional transportation equity, access and sustainability education and systems change. This person leads a diverse team of passionate staff and works collaboratively with many community partners on innovative and creative education and outreach efforts designed to help people get to where they need to go in an affordable and sustainable way in Tompkins County and beyond.
The application deadline is May 21st. Apply here: Transportation Team Leader

ATLAS Center Symposium – Call for Poster Abstracts

Meeting the Challenges of Safe Transportation in an Aging Society

September 14-15, 2016 

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 

Student Poster Session Competition 

All students and postdoctoral fellows (from any university) are invited to participate in the poster session at the symposium. We welcome students from a broad array of disciplines including but not limited to engineering, public health, psychology and social sciences, medicine, public policy, economics, and urban planning.

Posters may focus on any topics relevant to safe transportation and aging. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Autonomous and Connected Vehicles
  • Infrastructure & Engineering Countermeasures
  • Health Issues
  • Training & Driver Assessment
  • Policy & Licensing
  • Aging & Transportation Issues

To qualify for awards, student must be present at a designated time. Posters will be evaluated by a panel of distinguished judges. Awards will be announced at the conclusion of the event.

Abstracts Due: September 1, 2016 

Returning Students Extension: September 8, 2016 

Notification of Acceptance: September 8-10, 2016 

Submit to: http://www.atlas-center.org/symposium-poster-session-competition/ 

Any Questions? Email Beth Jakubowski at bethlj at umich.edu