Conference Overview and Scope
Transportation technologies (e.g., connected and automated vehicles) and new approaches to mobility (e.g., shared services) are advancing so rapidly that it can be difficult for policy makers to frame incentives, regulations, and market signals to promote all three pillars of sustainability: equity, the environment, and the economy. The Sustainability and Emerging Transportation Technology (SETT) Conference will address questions around how academics, policy-makers, the private sector, NGOs, and others can work together to shape new mobility solutions to benefit all users of our transportation systems.
The SETT 2021 conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers to discuss and debate the intersection of sustainability and emerging transportation technologies with a focus on solutions. As these terms are often used quite broadly, we define them here:
- Sustainability takes a holistic view of the “triple-bottom-line”, such as environmental, economic, and social factors. Technology should not create more problems than it solves, particularly with regards to social equity (i.e., accessibility, inclusiveness, safety, and security), economic efficiency (i.e., cost-effective and within people’s ability and willingness to pay) or environmental stewardship (i.e., reduced carbon pollution, and improved water and air quality).
- Emerging transportation technologies are those in early stages of adoption, deployed as “pilots,” or expected to come to market in the near-term. Examples include new mobility services (e.g., ridesharing, e-scooters), digital technologies (e.g., ridehailing apps, dynamic pricing, shared data exchanges, and payment platforms), connected and automated vehicles, transportation electrification, and autonomous goods delivery services (e.g., rolling robots, drones).