For nearly sixty years the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has been committed to making transportation safe and has carried out research that has had an impact on the lives of road users around the world. UMTRI research findings have influenced public policies, safety regulations, industry standards, and product design, all leading to safer highway travel and lives saved. UMTRI is on the forefront of connected and automated vehicle research, crash biomechanics and injury mechanisms, the evaluation of driver assistance and crash prevention systems, and the efficient movement of heavy freight. Additional efforts include The Center for the Management of Safe and Sustainable Transportation (CMISST) and Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation (SMART). CMISST gathers, combines, and analyzes all types of transportation data in transportation safety and sustainability, providing access to a rich array of data on driver behavior, fuel use, commercial transport, crash data, and other relevant, linkable datasets. SMART uses a systems approach to connect/catalyze research, living labs, education, and global learning related to the sustainable future of transportation.
Urbanization, population growth, and demographic shifts pose vexing transportation challenges threatening climate, energy security, social equity, productivity, and livability.