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Bestmile and the New York University will work together on researching how big data can inform the design of next-generation urban transportation systems within the framework of the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program projects. The project aims to provide answers to questions such as: how could a service operator best deploy autonomous vehicles or inform travelers in real time to optimize service and learning potential while simultaneously acknowledging their privacy; and how could private service providers best partner with government to fill the gaps in public transit systems.


The project will leverage Bestmile’s expertise in autonomous vehicle systems operations to drive innovation and entrepreneurship by defining new functional roles that blend transportation, computer science, and economics, and by setting best practices for the successful operation of autonomous vehicles in large-scale and highly congested urban areas. This will culminate in a test bed in New York City that is expected to shape a next-generation national interdisciplinary research center on “smart transit” over the next decade.


The research, led by Dr Joseph Chow, marries three theories together in order to address these new mobility problems in smart cities: dynamic resource allocation under uncertainty, agent-based machine learning, and privacy optimization in a network context. All three are necessary because transportation systems need to be optimized holistically, but data is typically obtained from multiple travelers or vehicles in operation. As such, agent learning and minimization of privacy concerns in the system optimization is needed. The methodology expands the science of inverse optimization by integrating it with dynamic network optimization with privacy control as constraints on the estimated parameters.


About NYU

Founded in 1831, New York University is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, New York University is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities. From a student body of 158 during NYU’s very first semester, enrollment has grown to more than 50’000 students at three degree-granting campuses in New York City, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai, and at study away sites in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. Today, students come from every state in the union and from 133 foreign countries.


Dr. Joseph Chow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Urban Engineering and Associate Director at the C2SMART University Transportation Center at NYU. His research expertise lies in transportation systems, with emphasis on multimodal networks, behavioral urban logistics, smart cities, and transport economics.


About Bestmile

Bestmile is a technology company providing distributed and highly scalable cloud technology leveraging the full potential of autonomous vehicles to tackle global mobility challenges. With offices in San Francisco (USA), Lausanne (Switzerland) and London (UK), Bestmile provides the first agnostic fleet automation platform allowing for the intelligent operation and optimization of autonomous vehicle fleets of various brands and/or types, and managing both on-demand and fixed route services.


Since its creation in 2014, Bestmile has established a proven track record as the leading company for fleet automation in the autonomous mobility industry. Bestmile was the first company to offer on-demand autonomous mobility services and is now enabling the first instance in which electric autonomous shuttles are circulating through a city center on both pedestrian areas and open roads, and servicing the public on a daily basis.


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