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CE-CERT Director Dr. Matthew Barth Featured in Climate Lab Video Series

CE-CERT Director Dr. Matthew Barth Featured in Climate Lab Video Series

November 27, 2017

Barth VOXCenter for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) Director Dr. Matthew Barth shared his views about how the use of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies can help to mitigate the environmental impact of 2-Day Shipping in the latest episode of the Climate Lab video series.

The Climate Lab video series represents a partnership between the University of California and Vox, a news website that addresses a broad range of topics from science and public policy to pop culture and sports. The Climate Lab series features conversations with subject matter experts, scientists, and activists around topics such as nuclear power, food waste, and online shopping with the goal of making these topics more accessible to the general public, and therefore, more actionable. The series has been very well received by the public, with over 12 million views to date.

BoxesThis episode addresses the environmental issues associated with rush shipping logistics, where in many cases partially-filled trucks result in a higher number of trips and an increased carbon footprint. According to Dr. Barth, research conducted by his Transportation Systems Group at CE-CERT has shown that the use of technologies that allow communication between trucks and traffic signals, as well as truck platooning to reduce drag, can result in a 15-20% savings in fuel.

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