Gregory Erhardt, assistant professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Civil Engineering, was recently quoted in an article about telecommunications and transportation. The newspaper, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, interviewed Erhardt about ways telecommunications technology might adequately replace transportation for fulfilling particular functions.
“Telecommunications technology is changing faster than transportation in general,” said Erhardt, “Transportation, historically, has moved very slowly, but it’s something that affects our daily lives. The sort of directionality is twofold: Can we use new telecommunications technology to improve traffic? And in some cases, that may be cheaper or more cost efficient than actually putting pavement down. And then there’s sort of how does it affect what we decide to build?”
Erhardt’s research specialties include activity-based travel models, application of big data to travel forecasting and transportation forecast accuracy. He joined the Department of Civil Engineering in 2016.