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Transforming Mobility

We lead the development of future transportation systems for movement across land, water, air and extraterrestrial environments.

Our networks for moving people, goods, and physical services across land, water, air, and space will change drastically by mid-century. From urban air taxis to the frontiers of human space flight, we will need optimized networks of vehicles that communicate with one another for safe, smooth delivery and function. Autonomous vehicles must be designed with appropriate human factors and human-machine teaming interfaces, while alternative energy sources, propulsion, and control systems will be critical to slowing the effects of climate change.

Preventing Wrong-Way Driver Crashes

Caltrans and the UC Davis Advanced Highway Maintenance and Construction Technology (AHMCT) Research Center released two reports highlighting ways to prevent rare but often deadly collisions involving wrong-way drivers.

One of the prevention measures included in the three-year pilot program — reflectors that alert drivers they are entering the roadway in the wrong direction — proved to be so effective that Caltrans has already installed the reflective markers on hundreds of miles of highways.

Cars driving in fog

Research in Action

EcoCAR EV Challenge Marks a New Era for UC Davis Engineering

Over the next four years, UC Davis students will be designing the car of the future as part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s EcoCAR Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge. The competition challenges students to convert a Cadillac LYRIQ EV into an autonomous, next-generation battery-electric vehicle with vehicle-to-everything connectivity so it can interact with devices and the environment.

The U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and MathWorks Announce University of California, Davis Selected to Participate in the EcoCAR EV Challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and MathWorks announced that UC Davis has earned a spot as one of 15 universities to participate in the next DOE-sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) set to begin in Fall 2022.

Developing a Fleet of Quiet Rotorcraft

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Associate Professor Seongkyu Lee’s group will apply their expertise in predicting rotorcraft noise to help industry leader Supernal identify noise sources in their aircraft designs and recommend strategies to reduce it.

Engineering a better world calls for solutions of a different caliber, demanding innovation across disciplines using a design-centric approach.

We employ and develop intelligent systems and automation, tools at the nano-and-micro- scales and technologies for the greater good that will revolutionize energy systems, strengthen climate resilience, advance human health and transform mobility to bring a sustainable, healthier and more resilient world within reach.