Recent Advances and Emerging Technologies in Transportation and Urban Planning

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Transportation and Future Mobility".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 July 2024 | Viewed by 175

Special Issue Editor

Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: transportation systems; sustainable urban mobility; active modes; travel behaviour; transportation environmental impacts; econometric analysis in transportation; discrete choice modeling in transportation; technological diffusion; spatial analysis of transport activity
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The emergence of novel technologies applicable in vehicles, transport, and urban infrastructures promises a new era of urban living, significantly enhancing the quality of life in our cities. These innovations bring forth a myriad of benefits, notably, in reducing pollution, promoting shared mobility, bolstering public transportation, optimizing urban road space, and leveraging truly intelligent infrastructures. All of these elements play pivotal roles in realizing Smart Cities, in which the well-being of residents takes center stage.

For instance, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication systems enable seamless interactions between vehicles and the surrounding infrastructure, including traffic lights and road sensors; meanwhile, simultaneously, Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication facilitates real-time data exchange among vehicles (including two-wheelers). These technologies empower cities to streamline traffic flow, reduce congestion, and enhance road safety, consequently contributing to cleaner air and improved overall well-being. In addition, the rise of shared mobility represents another pivotal aspect of urban life enhancement, by potentially diminishing the number of privately owned vehicles on streets and alleviating traffic congestion. Finally, the variable allocation of urban road space (whether intermittent or dynamic) is an intelligent approach that could potentially optimize the utilization of urban space. By leveraging real-time data from pedestrian and road traffic, potentially complemented by V2I and V2V systems, cities can dynamically adjust traffic signals and lane functions to accommodate demand that varies over time. Adaptive road use strategies can maximize the utilization of existing urban space via more sustainable modes, leading to an overall improvement in urban well-being.

At the heart of these advancements, there are truly intelligent infrastructures equipped with sensors and data analytics capabilities. They empower cities to make informed decisions regarding resource allocation, traffic management, and environmental sustainability. Smart Cities can leverage these infrastructures to enhance residents' quality of life by optimizing public services, reducing energy consumption, and providing safer and more convenient urban experiences.

This Special Issue aims to delve into the transformative potential of emerging technologies in vehicles, transportation, and urban infrastructures, and analyze how urban space can be reallocated for non-motorised uses. Authors are invited to submit original manuscripts on topics including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Smart cities and smart logistics;
  • Urban technologies, active modes and the urban environment;
  • Vehicle sharing and the urban environment;
  • Automated vehicles and the urban environment;
  • V2I and V2V in urban environments;
  • Dynamic allocation of urban road space;
  • Intermittent bus lanes;
  • Sensing urban mobility and other uses;
  • Artificial intelligence, machine learning and urban mobility analytics.

Dr. Filipe Moura
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • emerging technologies
  • urban mobility
  • urban space
  • connectivity
  • automation
  • sensors
  • smart cities

Published Papers

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