Mobility data for academic and industry research

StreetLight’s academic research program has three goals:

  1. Help train future transportation experts in using big data. 
  2. Fulfil the StreetLight mission by allowing academic and non-profit researchers to explore climate change, health, and social equity.
  3. Make room for innovation and inspiration from the research community.

We offer free and heavily-discounted licenses to students, professors, and researchers who qualify to use our data for teaching and research.



Non-Traditional Vehicle Volume and Class Data | FHWA ⟶
Mobility Energy Metrics | National Renewable Energy Lab ⟶
Impact of Adverse Weather on Freight Movement | TRB ⟶
Crowdsourced Monitoring Data for Safety | TTI-TAMU ⟶
Impact of Recurring Flooding on Roads | Natural Hazards ⟶

We can’t meet the “new New Deal’s” equitable, sustainable transportation goals until we “grade” our progress. Therefore we created the Impact Studies Fellows program to promote a data-driven understanding of the impact of infrastructure and policy decisions on greenhouse gas emissions and social equity.

Laura Schewel, CEO StreetLight Data

Our Metrics support a wide range of research topics

Current Collaborations

Current Collaborations

StreetLight Data was awarded an FHWA Pooled Fund grant for “Exploring Non-Traditional Methods to Obtain Vehicle Volume and Class Data,” with 16 states participating. We partnered with the Washington State Transportation Research Center at UW, and MS2. The study will test different methods for estimating volume and class data, as well as share guidelines for validation practices. For more about this study, results of which will be published in mid-2021, see this page.


StreetLight Data is collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Lab to further the development of their Mobility Energy Productivity Metric — a new way of balancing the energy impact of multi-modal transportation options with accessibility, affordability, and travel time. Building on previous work in accessibility, the team was awarded a Technology Commercialization Fund grant, with in-kind cost share from StreetLight. This study is on-going and agencies interested in learning more may contact us


Ensuring equity in public spaces

StreetLight gave free metrics to a team at Macalester College studying who has access to and uses public space. This knowledge informs subsequent efforts to understand how public spaces function to include and exclude people, and enhance efforts to build inclusive public spaces in diverse settings.


Unequal impacts of traffic on pregnancy

Exposure to traffic during pregnancy has been linked to adverse health outcomes including preterm birth, a primary predictor of infant mortality.  African American women and other women of color are at increased risk. Researchers at the University of California, UCLA and UCSF campuses are using free traffic metrics provided by StreetLight Data to better understand the risks of traffic-related air pollution to pregnant women and their babies, and the extent to which traffic may contribute to inequalities in adverse birth outcomes.  



“There are a lot of traffic pattern changes that occur during floods, and they are not necessarily a similar pattern. Localized impact on traffic is far greater than a citywide impact on traffic during floods, even in heavy storm situations.”

Shdraddha Praharaj, PhD Candidate

“Insights derived from StreetLight align with our hypothesis that certain areas of the city see more traffic than others, and provide additional granular metrics that we can join with data from other [public] sources.”

Charles Liu, Masters Student

“If fleets serve a high percentage of travel demand and the fleet is operated efficiently, deadheading becomes small, such that shared automated vehicle fleets could provide a high level of service at very low cost, even in more rural areas.”

Gorden Bauer, PhD Student

Representative Research

If you wrote or know of a published paper we haven’t included please email to share it.


Hyun, K et al. The Impacts of Increased Adverse Weather Events on Freight Movement
Bourassa, K. State-level Stay-at-home Orders and Objectively Measured Movement in the U.S.
Turner, S. et al. Exploring Crowdsourced Monitoring Data for Safety
Praharaj, S. et al. Estimating impacts of recurring flooding on roadway networks....
Yang, H. et al. Guidelines for Using StreetLight for Planning
Ong, P. et al. COVID-19 Impacts on Minority Businesses and Systemic Inequality
Lee, K, and I N, Sener. Emerging data for pedestrian and bicycle monitoring...
Bappee, F et al. Impact of Foursquare and Streetlight Data with Human Demographics...
Gao, J. et al. Toward the "New Normal": A Surge in Speeding, New Volume Patterns...
Sheppard, C. et al. Private Versus Shared, Automated Electric Vehicles for US Personal Mobility...
Hyun, K et al. The Impacts of Increased Adverse Weather Events on Freight Movement
D'Agostino, M, et al. Mobility Data Sharing: Challenges and Policy Recommendations.
Roll, J. Evaluating Streetlight Estimates of Annual Average Daily Traffic in Oregon
Monz, C. et al. Using mobile device data to estimate visitation in Parks and protected areas...
Kawahara, T. et al. Moving from Walkability? Evaluation Traditional and Merging Data Sources...
Bauer, GS, et al. Electrifying urban ridesourcing fleets at no added cost through efficient use...
Sheppard, C et al. Joint Optimization Scheme for Planning, Ops of Shared Autonomous…
Wang, F. et al. Extracting trips from multi-sourced data for mobility pattern analysis...
DenBleyker, A. et al. Using Telematics Data to Improve the National Emissions Inventory
Chiang, S, et al. Privacy and Security Issues in Urban Mobility. New Urban Mobility Ecosystem: 93
Turner, S. et al. Using Mobile Device Samples to Estimate Traffic Volumes
Campanelli, F, et al. Estimating the effective population of nantucket.
Lee, Kyuhyun, and Ipek N. Sener. "Emerging Data Mining for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Monitoring...
Kressner, J. Synthetic Household Travel Data Using Consumer and Mobile Phone Data


Transportation Research Board
Psychosomatic Medicine
Texas A&M University
Natural Hazards
TRB and Virginia DOT
UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge
Elsevier Transportation Research...
16th Intl Conf. on Data Science (ICDATA20)
Environmental Science & Technology
LSU Digital Commons
UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environ…
TRB and Oregon DOT
Journal of Park and Recreation Administration
Mineta Transportation Institute Publications
Transportation Rsrch Part C: Emerging…
Transportation Research Record
Transportation Research Part C
TRB 97th Annual Meeting
New Urban Mobility Ecosystem
Minnesota DOT
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
National University Transportation Ctr, UTC
Transportation Research Board

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