Traffic congestion is a growing problem in large cities. The number of vehicles on the road worldwide is expected to quadruple to nearly 3 billion by 2050, while the number of roadways is expected to remain approximately the same in the city cores. The average number of occupants of a single vehicle is about 1.6 persons. This indicates highly underutilized current vehicle sizes.
Urban vehicles benefit from higher fuel economy, ease of navigation in cluttered urban centers, parking in unconventional spaces, and in many jurisdictions from government tax and licensing incentives. Yet, they make a tiny fraction of vehicles sold annually. This is due to a number of reasons but mainly because conventional vehicle technologies are not necessarily suitable or optimized for such vehicles. Current urban vehicles are mostly scaled down versions of passenger cars. This scaled down approach imposes serious limitations on the safety, usability, and fuel consumption. These factors directly impact customer acceptance.
In this presentation, new technologies for urban vehicles to make them highly efficient, affordable, safe, and acceptable to consumers are discussed. These new technologies will be universal and can be used in the development of safer, more efficient, smarter, and more cost effective urban vehicles.
About the Speaker:
Amir Khajepour is Professor and Canada Research Chair in “Mechatronic Vehicle Systems” in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is an expert in systems modeling and control of dynamic systems and has developed an extensive research program in several key multidisciplinary areas. His research has resulted in several patents, technology transfers, over 160 journal and 180 conference publications plus 5 books and 7 book chapters. He is a recipient of the Engineering Medal from the Professional Engineering Ontario, three best paper awards, is a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering, and is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems and International Journal of Powertrain.