Project 1-1

Project 1-1: Designing Tools for Assessing Readiness of Rural Communities for New Technologies 

Exhibit D - Research Project Requirement: PDF Link

Principal Investigator: Jerry Everett (University of Tennessee)

Other Investigators: Asad Khattak (UTK); Sudhagar Nagarajan (FAU); Venktesh Pandey (NCAT)

Project Partners: Florida Atlantic University (FAU), North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT), University of Tennessee (UTK) 

Is any participating institution a Minority Institution? Yes — North Carolina A&T State University and Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

Research Project Funding: Year 1: $321,847 (Federal: $208,230; Non-Federal: $113,617) 

Project Status: Active

Project Start and End Date: 08/01/2023 to 07/31/2025

Project Summary: Rural communities present unique infrastructural, cultural, institutional, and social challenges that must be integrated into transportation planning and the implementation of emerging transportation technologies. The objective of this project is to develop a novel classification system that can comprehensively assess the readiness of different types of geographical regions found in Region 4 for technological transportation innovations. Building from engagement with Region 4 stakeholders, researchers in this project will review classification systems developed for similar applications, document potential interactions between emerging technologies, and investigate key issues regarding classification criteria.