In partnership with the World Resources Institute, a global research organization that works on issues such as energy efficiency and climate change, we examined vehicle usage in developing countries. There is often a lack of critical data for developing countries on vehicle purchases and usage patterns, which is a significant gap in sustainability research. 

Master’s student Tanmay Agrawal and doctoral student Bob Muhwezi in our Data Science for the Common Good program developed a tool to analyze aerial images to determine vehicle usage and density. Using this tool, researchers can draw conclusions about the environmental impact of vehicle usage and support electric vehicle programs.