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Car-Sharing Project a Finalist in Discover Magazine Innovation Awards


Car-Sharing Project a Finalist in Discover Magazine Innovation Awards

(July 3, 2001)

A team of engineers that developed IntelliShare, an automated electric car-sharing program at the University of California, Riverside, has been named a finalist in the Discover magazine 2001 Innovation Awards.

The awards, highlighted in the current issue of Discover, honor scientists whose cutting-edge innovations have the potential to become common technologies. Awards and finalists are named in the categories of aerospace, communications, electronics, entertainment, environment, health and transportation.

IntelliShare, named a finalist in the transportation category, is a fleet of 15 Honda electric cars used by some 300 UCR faculty, students and staff for short trips around and near the campus. The Bourns College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) developed the system in cooperation with Honda R&D in 1999 to demonstrate the potential of car-sharing for easing traffic congestion and reducing air pollution.

The vehicles are currently available at three locations on campus. Members of the system use an automated, touch-screen computer and smart card to check out a vehicle for travel to another station or to do an errand. Use of the vehicles is free for the first 15 minutes, with nominal per-minute charges accruing after 15 minutes. More than 37,000 trips have been completed to date, with the system averaging about 100 trips per day.

CE-CERT engineers, led by Matt Barth, UCR associate professor of electrical engineering, plan to expand the system to include 25 cars and five stations.

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