Cambridge, Massachusetts – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the National Research Foundation of Singapore have launched a project to develop new models and tools to plan, design and operate more environmentally sustainable urban transportation. The new systems will be launched first in Singapore, and ultimately on a global scale.

“Collaboration on this scale is remarkable, and absolutely necessary if we are going to address an issue as complex as urban transportation and mobility,” said Subra Suresh, Dean of Engineering at MIT. “When addressing issues today, especially those affecting the climate, it is not sufficient to take complex problems apart and merely investigate incremental improvements to their components. This project will leave the challenges of transportation intact and try to address them all simultaneously.”

At the heart of the Singapore project is SimMobility, a simulation platform with an integrated model of human and commercial activities, land use, transportation, environmental impacts, and energy use. The simulation will be linked to a range of network computing and technology-enabled mobility innovations; researchers plan to use the data generated by these devices, and a range of new analytical tools that harness real-time information and management systems, to design and evaluate new mobility solutions for urban settings in and beyond Singapore.

As well as being one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world, Singapore already has a robust urban transportation system, as well as one of the world’s most complete suites of sustainable mobility policies, regulations and practices, making it an ideal location to test some of the ideas.

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