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  • Survey examines vehicle choices

    By News Administrator
    Published: June 12, 2009

    Graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin are conducting a survey to explore Austinites’ vehicle ownership choices and preferences for future vehicles, under various energy policies and vehicle technologies.

    In today’s world of rising fuel prices and climate concerns, vehicle ownership and use decisions are a key policy focus for public agencies and entire communities.  The URL is and the survey takes about15 minutes to complete.

    Under the direction of Dr. Kara Kockelman at the university’s Center for Transportation Research, the project will help researchers better understand decisions and attitudes about vehicle choices, offering ideas for policy, vehicle pricing and new technologies.

    “Rising gasoline prices, emerging engine technologies and changes in fuel-economy policy will result in a variety of behavioral changes,” said Kockelman. “These include how many and what kind of vehicles people have, the timing of vehicle purchases, how and how far people travel and at what speeds. This research will help transportation planners better anticipate how people will respond to new vehicle designs and pricing, so they can predict the number of vehicles on the road and the impact on transportation-based carbon emissions.”

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      Dave Sinclair said on Oct. 26, 2011 at 10:36 p.m.
      Self-driving vehicles are actually already a reality; Google has its own fleet of self-driving cars. It looks like hybrids are the best choice right now when it comes an eco conscious method of transportation. Electric cars are the future but mileage needs to be improved first.
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      G. Schmidt said on Feb. 17, 2011 at 6:42 p.m.
      I wish transportation planners would focus on self-driving vehicles, and automakers could develop modular vehicles. Perhaps I'm being an idealist, but it seems like safety and environmental concerns should trump capitalism in this case.
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      Dr S.P.Bindra said on Aug. 9, 2010 at 10:38 a.m.
      I feel research should include issues related to transport mode choice and health of citizen. Mobility must be linked to not only economy but also help address environment, health and social equity. We live in an interdependent, common and one planet. Transport must helping in promoting caring and sharing attitude for sustainable development.
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