Transportation, Space, and Technology Program

Technological innovation is central to counterterrorism, critical infrastructures like transportation and energy systems, space enterprise, and nearly every other aspect of society. The Transportation, Space, and Technology Program manages research on new technologies and their implications for the nation and the world. Projects in this program focus on transportation systems and regulation, ports, space exploration, information and telecommunications technologies and regulation, federal research and development allocation, and social implications of emerging technologies.

  • Exploring the Future of Driving in Developing Countries

    Jul 15, 2014

    The level of automobility, or travel in personal vehicles, varies among countries. By determining the factors besides economic development that have affected automobility in developed countries, researchers can predict how automobility might evolve in developing countries.

  • Driving in the Future in Developing Countries

    Jul 15, 2014

    Income is not necessarily destiny when it comes to how many people drive their own cars. Nine additional factors affect the likelihood that people will drive.

  • A New Way to Pay for Transportation: Exploring a Shift from Fuel Taxes to Mileage-Based User Fees

    Jun 26, 2014

    Increasing fuel efficiency and the rise of alternative fuel vehicles that do not use gasoline have led to growing shortfalls in federal and state funding for surface transportation programs — shortfalls that are likely to become even more acute in coming years. In this Congressional Briefing, Liisa Ecola will discuss innovations in the use of mileage-based fees.

  • Securing America's Ports by Better Measuring Capabilities

    Jun 13, 2014

    Funding for improving U.S. port security has declined from $389 million in 2008 to $100 million in 2014. This makes it more important than ever to ensure the highest possible return on investment from grant funding.

  • A Vision for Qatar's School Transportation System

    Feb 21, 2012

    Considering the challenges associated with continued growth and demographic changes, the government of Qatar is interested in updating its school transportation system (STS). This volume assesses the perspectives of parents and school administrators, identifies a vision for the STS, and discusses strategies to achieve it.

  • Extending Copenhagen's Traffic Model May Help Reduce Congestion

    Feb 9, 2012

    RAND Europe is expanding the original traffic model it developed for Copenhagen to include time-of-day choice for car drivers. Doing so will allow city planners to assess the effectiveness of different charging policies aimed at reducing congestion levels.

  • How Will Migration Impact UK Transport and Congestion?

    Jan 10, 2012

    The UK Migration Advisory Committee asked RAND Europe to examine how migration is likely to impact transport networks and congestion. The resulting research is one of the first studies using UK data to provide an empirical evidence base about migrants' travel behavior and impacts.

  • Is the United States Losing Its Edge in Science and Technology?

    Jan 6, 2012

    On May 14, 2009, Titus Galama discussed the reality of U.S. competitiveness in science and technology and whether gains by China, India, and other nations are affecting America's chances of remaining a scientific leader.

  • The Characteristics of Cyberspace Pose Challenges to Those Who Seek to Defend It

    Dec 22, 2011

    It has become clear that Stuxnet-like worms pose a serious threat even to critical U.S. infrastructure and computer systems that are not connected to the Internet. However, defending against such attacks involves complex technological and legal issues.