Initiative on the Sharing Economy


University of Minnesota awarded federal grant to research autonomous vehicles

The University of Minnesota has received a $1.75 million grant over three years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the NSF's Smart & Connected Communities grant program. The University of Minnesota’s project is one of only 13 projects chosen by NSF nationwide. The grant, entitled Leveraging Autonomous Shared Vehicles for Greater Community Health, Equity, Livability, and Prosperity (HELP), supports fundamental research on a critical challenge facing many cities and communities—how to leverage the emergence of self-driving vehicles, also known as autonomous vehicles, to rethink and redesign future transportation services and enable smart and connected communities where everyone benefits. Initiative on the Sharing Economy director Saif Benjaafar and participating faculty member Tom Fisher are quoted.

Previous Events

Research Workshop on the Sharing Economy

November 3, 2017

Industrial Mathematics Clinic

July 24–26, 2017

Symposium on the Sharing Economy

May 16–17, 2016


To learn more about how you might participate in the Initiative on the Sharing Economy, please contact Saif Benjaafar, or Michael McCarthy of the Center for Transportation Studies,


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About the Initiative

The Initiative on the Sharing Economy sheds light on the growing trend away from the exclusive ownership and consumption of resources to one of shared use and consumption. Peer-to-peer shared mobility is a particular focus.

The Initiative on the Sharing Economy was established by the Center for Transportation Studies in partnership with Saif Benjaafar, Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, and other faculty members across the University of Minnesota and is administered by CTS.