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MIT School of Architecture and Planning
Smart Mobility: Reimagining the Future of Transportation Tech & Sustainable Cities
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Length: 6 weeks
Language: English
Effort: 7-10 hours per week, collaborative online learning
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Why Study Smart Mobility?
Smart mobility is one of the most dynamic and exciting challenges of the future. To remake cities by democratizing transit, leaders and innovators must have a comprehensive understanding of the three pillars of modern smart mobility – technologies, technicalities, policies – and how they interact with complex, real-world systems. This course, at the top-ranked MIT School of Architecture and Planning, is a fast-track to foundational frameworks and field expertise for business leaders and entrepreneurs alike.

Large-scale transit projects rely on a sophisticated balance of sensor-based hardware and AI-enabled software in outdoor environments that constantly change. The deep science driving these innovations is technical and contingent upon complex energy systems, pricing models, surface logistics, and human behaviors. Throughout a smart mobility project lies the specter of heavy regulations and overlapping bureaucracies.

In this course, learners will simplify the equation by analyzing the successes and challenges of global smart mobility initiatives. By developing smart mobility leadership principles, learners will also create a proposal for a sustainable, integrated urban transit system that threads the smart mobility needle. The challenge is immense, but the payoff is massive: when we make it easier for kids to get to school, parents to get to work, and residents to explore their cities, we transform lives.
“We’re at the dawn of the most profound changes in transportation: an unprecedented combination of new technologies, such as autonomy, electrification, computation and AI, and new objectives, including decarbonization, public health, economic vibrancy, data security and privacy, and social justice.”
Prof. Jinhua Zhao, Director, MIT Smart Mobility Initiative
Is This Course Right for You?

You will benefit from Smart Mobility: Reimagining the Future of Transportation Tech & Sustainable Cities if you are:

  • A business leader who wants to learn more about whole city plans, transportation systems and smart cities
  • A management, transportation or technology consultant looking to explore the history and future of mobility
  • A venture capitalist contemplating an investment in a mobility startup or company
  • An urban planner or transportation planner seeking to understand mobility business models and be more effective when it comes to regulatory issues
Course Content
Module 0: Orientation Module arrow
Module 1: The Future of (Getting to) Work Module arrow
Module 2: Redefining the Common Bus Stop Module arrow
Module 3: Data-driven Transit Design Module arrow
Module 4: Converging Industries Module arrow
Module 5: A Decentralized Mobility System Module arrow
Module 6: Infrastructure of Tomorrow Module arrow
What you will gain
  1. Actionable understanding of critical trends within the mobility space and the ability to capitalize on them.
  2. The ability to utilize technology to reimagine the future state of mobility
  3. The ability to apply forms of integration such as land use and transit-oriented development to future designs and policy.
  4. Coveted industry knowledge from a market-driven curriculum designed and delivered to the standard of an elite academic institution.
  5. A powerful professional network from building connections with a global cohort of leaders, influencers and course participants.
  6. Proof of knowledge through a certificate of completion issued by MIT.
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Your faculty directors
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Prof. Jinhua Zhao Expand director's description Expand director's description
Faculty Director,
Associate Professor of Transportation and City Planning,
Director, MIT Smart Mobility Initiative
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Prof. Alex Pentland  Expand director's description Expand director's description
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Professor, Institute for Data Systems and Society,,
Media Lab, Sloan School of Management
Your course guests
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John Attanucci
Research Associate and Manager, MIT Transit Research Program
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Robin Chase
Cofounder, Zipcar, Veniam, NUMO
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Scott L. Corwin
Managing Director and Deloitte US Leader for Sustainability & Climate Change
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Brianne Eby
Senior Policy Analyst, Eno Center for Transportation
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Jascha Franklin-Hodge
Executive Director, Open Mobility Foundation
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David Leonard
President, Boston Public Library
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What Past Learners Say
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How you will learn:
  • Digital videos or audio content, augmented by material created exclusively for the course
  • Quizzes and exercises designed specifically to help you understand and retain new information
  • Dialogue with expert instructors and your peers via discussion forums and small group sessions
  • Simulations and other carefully crafted interactions to provide an engaging learning experience
  • Real-life examples that place information in context to help you understand how the concepts delivered in the programme material can be applied to your work environment
  • AI coaching to improve your and your team’s collaboration
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Collaborative AI-enhanced learning
We teach executives as they work - in cross-functional teams. Learners participate in interactive simulations and team projects which reinforce applied learning and enhance collaboration and complex problem solving skills. If you are looking for an individually-paced course, this course is not for you.
improvement on completion rates compared to other online courses