Special Issue "Transport Sustainability and Smart Cities"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Saeed Asadi Bagloee
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Guest Editor
Department of Transport Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010, Australia
Interests: large scale optimization; transport planning; connected and autonomous vehicles; machine learning

Special Issue Information

Resources are limited, global warming is on the rise, and traffic congestion is widespread, all of which necessitate the development of a sustainable transportation system. Advanced communication technologies, electric vehicle (EV), blockchain, data science, 5G, better optimization techniques, and the emergence of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) can all be used to promote sustainability in the transportation. This Special Issue will explore the importance of modern technologies and concepts in communication, AI, and software/hardware in promoting sustainable transport as one of the main pillars of smart cities.

The main focus of this Special Issue is on transport substantiality in the modern era of communication, 5G, CAV, AI, EV, and blockchain. Hence, the purpose is to bring sustainability to the top of the agenda of researchers and policy-makers, highlighting the duty of the current generation to leave the planet livable and in better shape for the next generation, a goal that modern technologies have made easier.

The scope of the Special Issue covers the following:

  • To what extent can blockchain technology be applied in transport substantiality concerns?
  • What does the future of EV hold, in terms of lithium batteries and the range anxiety?
  • Can alternative fuel (like hydrogen) be a reality soon and how?
  • What lessons can we draw from CAV related to transport substantiality?
  • What opportunities can 5G technology bring to transport sustainability?
  • Data analytic, AI, and ML as the operating systems of sustainable smart cities
  • New transport modeling, such as predictive modeling in sustainable transport and traffic control
  • Disruptive transport policies such as no-car zones in promoting sustainability
  • Mobility as a service as a new dimension of substantiality
  • Mobile apps for transport sustainability
  • Smart freight and drone delivery

Dr. Saeed Asadi Bagloee
Guest Editor

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  • blockchain
  • smart sustainability
  • machine learning
  • 5G
  • connected and autonomous vehicle CAV
  • electric vehicle
  • alternative fuel
  • drone delivery

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Shared Automated Mobility with Demand-Side Cooperation: A Proof-of-Concept Microsimulation Study
Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2483; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052483 - 25 Feb 2021
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Most existing shared automated mobility (SAM) services assume the door-to-door manner, i.e., the pickup and drop-off (PUDO) locations are the places requested by the customers (or demand-side). While some mobility services offer more affordable riding costs in exchange for a little walking effort [...] Read more.
Most existing shared automated mobility (SAM) services assume the door-to-door manner, i.e., the pickup and drop-off (PUDO) locations are the places requested by the customers (or demand-side). While some mobility services offer more affordable riding costs in exchange for a little walking effort from customers, their rationales and induced impacts (in terms of mobility and sustainability) from the system perspective are not clear. This study proposes a demand-side cooperative shared automated mobility (DC-SAM) service framework, aiming to fill this knowledge gap and to assess the mobility and sustainability impacts. The optimal ride matching problem is formulated and solved in an online manner through a micro-simulation model, Simulation of Urban Mobility (SUMO). The objective is to maximize the profit (considering both the revenue and cost) of the proposed SAM service, considering the constraints in seat capacities of shared automated vehicles (SAVs) and comfortable walking distance from the perspective of customers. A case study on a portion of a New York City (NYC) network with a pre-defined fleet size demonstrated the efficacy and promise of the proposed system. The results show that the proposed DC-SAM service can not only significantly reduce the SAV’s operating costs in terms of vehicle-miles traveled (VMT), vehicle-hours traveled (VHT), and vehicle energy consumption (VEC) by up to 53, 46 and 51%, respectively, but can also considerably improve the customer service by 30 and 56%, with regard to customer waiting time (CWT) and trip detour factor (TDF), compared to a heuristic service model. In addition, the demand-side cooperation strategy can bring about additional system-wide mobility and sustainability benefits in the range of 4–10%. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Transport Sustainability and Smart Cities)
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