Mobility and transportation are at the dawn of the most profound changes with an unprecedented combination of new technologies (autonomy, electrification, computation and A.I.) meeting new and evolving priorities and objectives (de-carbonization, public health, and social justice). And the timeframe for these changes – de-carbonization in particular – is short in a system with massive amounts of fixed, long-life assets and entrenched behaviors and cultures. It's this combination of new technologies, new purposes, and urgent timeframes that makes an MIT-led Mobility Initiative critical at this moment.
The Mobility Initiative (MI) is designed to effect fundamental changes in the long-term trajectory of sustainable mobility development. It serves to coalesce all mobility and transportation activities at MIT, knitting together our efforts on research, education, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement at the Institute into a greater whole.
Edward and Joyce Linde Associate Professor of City and Transportation Planning
Academic Advisory Committee
Dean, School of Engineering
MIT has a long and proud history in transportation research and education—and strong, multi-disciplinary leadership in the field is perhaps more essential than ever as communities and cities are uncertain about their mobility future while simultaneously facing the daunting pressures of climate change.
Dean, School of Architecture & Planning
Changes in transportation technology, data and value are transforming the mobility industry and impacting both society and the environment. There is a clear need, as well as a great opportunity for MIT to take leadership in this domain.
Director, MIT Mobility Initiative
We are at the dawn of the most profound changes: an unprecedented combination of new technologies and new objectives. The Mobility Initiative is designed to effect fundamental changes in the long-term trajectory of mobility development.
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