Mobility shapes our lives. How we get around – be it on foot, by motor vehicle, bicycle, rail, in the air, or by water vessel – has become an important discussion not only in the field of engineering, but also in disciplines such as education, health, social sciences, business, and law. As a premier urban research university, Wayne State is uniquely situated to address mobility challenges at all levels. In response to the need for additional mobility research and varying mobility needs, the Wayne Mobility Initiative (WMI) was established in February 2020, led by a steering committee. The vision of the Wayne Mobility Initiative is to improve quality of life for individuals and communities through excellence in mobility-related research, teaching, and service. This vision will be realized through coordination, collaboration, and innovation.
WMI is excited to announce the launch of the Mobility for All Competition, a three-phase event that will take place between October 2020 and October 2021. The objective of the competition is for interdisciplinary student and faculty teams to develop innovative, impactful, and accessible solutions to real mobility challenges.
Team led by WSU students, faculty, or staff
Team includes at least one WSU student
Team is interdisciplinary
Team includes at least one community partner
Based on feedback from community partners and leaders in the Detroit Metropolitan Area, the following mobility challenge areas have been identified:
Challenge Area # 1 – Public Transit – The planning, design, and operation of a reliable, efficient and useful public transit system.
Challenge Area # 2 – Bicycle Infrastructure – The encouragement of alternative modes of transportation such as biking with improved planning and infrastructure
Challenge Area # 3 – Walkability – Developing stronger and healthier communities, by promoting walking through planning, design, and education
Challenge Area # 4 – Connected & Autonomous Vehicles: Technology and Applications – Solving mobility issues using forthcoming CAV technologies
Community Health & Planning
Challenge Area # 5 – Public Safety – Providing people safe and comfortable mobility options
Challenge Area # 6 – Access to Food – Providing people access to food using mobility solutions
Challenge Area # 7 – Access to Healthcare – Providing people with access to healthcare using mobility solutions
Challenge Area # 8 – Access to Education, Employment and Community Engagement (e.g., civic, cultural, religious, etc.) – Providing people with access to life using mobility solutions
The competition will have three phases. Each phase is defined below. Problem statements recommended by the community are also available here. Please submit the proposals and queries to MobilityForAll@wayne.edu.