Thought Leadership

We are developing and publishing insights and intelligence on the mobility transformation, including the latest thinking on technology, policy, economic, and behavioral shifts.

Why It Matters

The mobility landscape is undergoing rapid change. Every day, we see new deals and plans from automakers, mobility service providers, technology developers, and more. It’s difficult for stakeholders to understand and plan for the ever-changing environment.

What We’re Doing

We help stakeholders, both public and private, plan for the future by sharing intelligence and recommendations on the trends in the mobility space.


Peak Car Ownership report

Our Peak Car Ownership report outlines the market opportunity of electric, automated mobility services in the U.S. and finds that we could see peak car ownership as soon as 2020. The report offers guidance on what to expect so that stakeholders can prepare today, and provides potential market sizes and plausible rates of mobility service proliferation that could occur under reasonable circumstances. Washington Post, Financial Times, Fast Company, Slate, Vox, and other publications dedicated coverage to the report.

Interoperable Transit Data report

Our Interoperable Transit Data report presents a set of data requirements that addresses poor-quality and incomplete data and data-standardization barriers, and thus helps deliver a complete user experience across all modes of alternative transportation. It describes the current industry barriers and opportunities and proposes a set of both immediate and long-term next steps for the industry to achieve greater data interoperability.

Cities Designed to Shape and Enable New Mobility

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, RMI is exploring and testing industry interest in a concept we’re calling MOD Cities, where “MOD” is short for “modular” and “modifiable” and also stands for “mobility-oriented development.” MOD Cities would be living test sites where local municipal governments, developers, financiers, the vehicle-service industry, and urban designers and architects actively collaborate to co-innovate at the nexus of urban design, vehicles, and new mobility services. MOD Cities would put people first and be seamlessly integrated with the communities and urban fabric at their edges.


Robert Hutchinson
Senior Fellow

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Edward J. Klock-McCook

Lynn Daniels

Lynn Daniels

Chris Nelder

Garrett Fitzgerald

Chuck Ray

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Michael Liebman



Interoperable Transit Data, 2015


These researchers think we’re nearing ‘peak car’— and the consequences could be dramatic—the Washington Post


How Will Self-Driving Cars Change Cities?—Slate



Cities Designed to Shape and Enable New Mobility, 2018