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Saving gas: Less driving, better fuel economy
November 18, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Fuel consumption by American drivers of light-duty vehicles is down 11 percent since 2004, says a University of Michigan researcher.

In a follow-up to two reports released earlier this year, Michael Sivak of the U-M Transportation Research Institute examined recent trends in...

Vehicle fuel economy up in October
November 12, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. rose 0.2 mpg last month, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Average fuel economy (window-sticker values) of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased in October was 24.8 mpg, according...

New Website Launched
October 26, 2013

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U-M announces plans for automated vehicle test environment
October 18, 2013

The University of Michigan Board of Regents today approved plans to proceed with the design of a unique environment for testing connected and automated vehicles...

Vehicle fuel economy drops in September
October 3, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. reached an all-time high in August, but slipped to its lowest mark in nine months during September, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Average fuel economy (window-sticker values) of cars...

Drivers would pay extra to cut carbon emissions
September 19, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Most drivers are willing to pay for onboard technology that will reduce carbon emissions, as well as sacrifice some fuel economy and storage space, in order to cut greenhouse gases resulting from combustion engines, say University of Michigan researchers.

In a new online survey...

Vehicle fuel economy at highest mark ever
September 10, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. reached an all-time high last month, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Average fuel economy (window-sticker values) of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased in August was 24.9 mpg—...

Young adults and driving: 'Ain't nobody got time for that'
August 14, 2013

ANN ARBOR—More than a third of young adults who don't drive say they are too busy to get a driver's license—and more than a fifth have no intention of ever learning to drive, say researchers at the University of Michigan.

Building on their recent series of studies showing that teens and...

AC demand in developing countries could put chill on energy supply
August 12, 2013

ANN ARBOR—The United States uses more energy for air conditioning than all other countries combined, but its status as the world's largest AC energy hog may soon be in jeopardy, said a University of Michigan researcher.

A new study by Michael Sivak, research professor and director of...

The Seated Soldier Study: New Data and Tools for Soldier-Centered Design of Vehicles
June 6, 2013

Research professor Matthew Reed and colleagues at the U-M Transportation Research Institute and U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) aim to make seating in military vehicles safer, more effective and more comfortable for soldiers.

"The Seated...

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