Connected and autonomous vehicles, ride-hailing apps, and information technology are revolutionizing transportation. They promise greater safety, accessibility and efficiency as well as a greener future. Dr. Bilal Farooq, Canada Research Chair in Disruptive Transportation Technologies and Services, is developing systematic approaches to help this revolution succeed.
Farooq is building on his previous research into the possible effects of disruptive transportation technologies and services. He and his research team are now exploring tools to support these, such as automation, connectivity, urban aerial vehicles, and smart-grid and digital technologies, such as machine learning, virtual reality and blockchain. By advancing what we know about smart, sustainable and resilient cyber-physical transportation systems, Farooq and his team aim to tackle challenges related to climate change, inclusive mobility and algorithmic bias (repeatable errors in computer systems that create “unfair” outcomes).