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University of Leeds

Transport Systems: Global Issues and Future Innovations

University of Leeds via FutureLearn


Explore how and why transport systems must change in the 21st century

What are the challenges faced by today’s transport sector? How can transport professionals develop systems that meet the needs of the 21st century?

Get answers to these questions and more with this course exploring the future of transport. You will learn about effective transport planning and modelling, considering how transport solutions can become sustainable, reduce pollution and improve the health and safety of people across the world.

You will also consider how technologies such as connected and autonomous vehicles and high-speed rail might address global issues.

This course has been ranked as one of the best online courses of all time by online course aggregator class central.

This course is for undergraduate students and mid-career professionals interested in a career in the transport industry.

It will be especially useful for undergraduates studying engineering, urban planning, mathematics, economics, geography and psychology. It will also be useful for mid-career professionals already working in the transport sector or considering a move to the transport sector from other areas such as engineering, scientific research, local and national government policy making, construction and logistics.


  • Transport in the 21st century
    • Welcome
    • Challenges and opportunities
    • Improving the enabling infrastructure
    • The role of transport professionals
    • Summary
  • Shaping the future of transport
    • About Week 2
    • Paying for transport: What are the costs?
    • How can emerging technology overcome transport challenges?
    • What does the future look like?
    • Summary

Taught by

Yue Huang


4.8 rating, based on 78 Class Central reviews

4.8 rating at FutureLearn based on 44 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    Transport Systems: Global Issues and Future Innovations course review This course focused on outlining the key issues and principals of transportation engineering. It was split into 6 main learning segments with a written and multiple-choice assess…
  • Anonymous
    A good accessible and useful course and I did enjoy doing it. It covers all aspect of transport from high speed rail to potholes.

    It explains the transport design process and the issues that the public face regarding the environment and how modern transport can help in improving this situation.
  • Anonymous
    The mentioned course was excellent, useful and complete. It covered almost all aspects of the main subject. Also, very interesting statistics were raised in the steps. While thanking the producers of this course, I suggest updating the statistical data.
  • Anonymous
    Learning about transport systems has been mind blowing. More importantly is the future innovations needed to meet future demands as transportation is a key indicator of economic growth and stability for any country. I really enjoyed this course.
  • Anonymous
    A clear and informative coverage of a really important and complex subject. Clearly only scratching the surface but nonetheless very interesting and useful.
  • Virender Singh
    In this course I learned about transport facilities, roads , infrastructure and health hazards due to emission. its great to know about this through future learn
  • Anonymous
    Honestly, I gained a lot from this course - Transport System: Global Issues and Innovation. As a practicing logistics and transport management person for a multinational oil and Gas company, there are things I have not learn before which I learnt from this course. They will definitely help me to plan and safely manage movement of personnel, material and manage available transport infrastructure more efficiently.

    I encourage that are stepping into the logistics and transportation career to do this course. It's rewarding, worth the time and money.
  • The course met my all learning expectations.

    I was able to learn;

    The challenges facing transport and how to mitigate them

    The role of transport in today’s society; the social economic impact of transport

    Designing major highway links and how to improve the efficiency of road intersections

    Mitigating the environmental impact of transport by adopting green logistics

    The use of connected and autonomous vehicles, and the challenges facing their use

    Redesigning future cities and transport systems to support these cities.

  • Anonymous
    A very interesting course which gives a reasonable detailed introduction to Transport Systems. The material is well presented in an attractive manner with slides and videos. The comments section at the end of each presentation was very helpful and provided additional insights. The course involved three assignments which were an important learning opportunity to develop understanding of the challenges planners face. A little more detail in some areas might have been useful. Overall a good course for the beginner.
  • Anonymous
    This course was well planned especially all the required stuff was well presented in terms of videos and articles. The vital thing of this course was the sequence of information. We started with the transport problems at the global level and then started thinking of practical examples of such problems around us. After we have enough understanding on severity of these problems, possible solutions through future innovations were presented. Adequacy of these innovations for specific nature of problem was also reviewed. This course taught us various dimensions of technology associated with future vehicles and tracks.

    I am grateful to Dr. Yue Huang and the team for arranging such complete course.
  • Anonymous
    The course covered a broad range of topics within the field of transport. Helpful videos, diagrams and extra material available for download. I was only working through this out of general interest, with no intention of making this a career (too late for that!). Very enjoyable course.
  • Anonymous
    Well worth the 8 hours

    I work in an active travel background and was looking for a course that would give me a better insight into the world of Transport Planners and particularly how they might view the non-active aspects of Travel. The course has delivered.

    The pace of the course seemed about right and it covered a wide range of subjects with sufficient information to allow me to start to understand some of the main considerations and with the opportunity to delve further using the supporting materials. From my knowledge of active travel, I knew the information provided in that area to be accurate which gave me confidence in the accuracy of the course across the board.
  • Bora Guyo Sarana
    This is one of the best courses I had ever come across.It captures Global issues and future innovations which key to future development and changing world.It is highly marketable and improve infrastructure which a component of economy and Sustainable Development goal(SDG)
  • Anonymous
    Good explanation by professor
    The material is interesting and clearly structured
    The video in the lectures is very helpful and very effective. The lecture notes are also very good. The way of explaining things is also good. The lecturer is just excellent in everything.
    The case study are with real-time examples so I am able to understand better"

  • Anonymous
    the course met my expectation in the field of transportation. it tackled day to day challenges and provided feasible solutions to the problems.
  • Anonymous
    I thoroughly enjoyed this course. All aspects of the course targeted key issues within the transport industry as well as what to focus on in terms of transport in the future. All information in this course is highly transferable throughout the transport industry across the world, whether in Australia or the UK or anywhere inbetween. I most definitely learned heaps from all topics covered in this course. I absolutely encourage anyone who is at least slightly interested in transport to partake in this amazing and insightful course.

    Cheers. :)
  • Anonymous
    If you are someone who wants to pursue further study or career in the transport sector, this course is the right preparatory platform for you! It gives you a holistic ideas on what challenges the transport sector is facing and introduces you to a wide range of transport innovations that can tackle the challenges. It highlights the importance of having transport-related professionals in your country to ensure that we are able to live in a clean, green, inclusive, vibrant and sustainable places.
  • Anonymous
    It was very en lighting with the right content and knowledge. It would have been good to offer a certificate (Not tagged to payment)because of the amount of time it requires to go through it all. However, all in all the course was wonderful.
  • Anonymous
    The course provides a great insight into the Transport Industry and should spark interest in anyone who may be considering a career in Transport.
  • Anonymous
    The course is excellent for people looking into learning about the transport sector.

    The course starts out with a very simple yet informative introduction the eases you into the main information. It goes ahead to present and explain the problems and also relate them to the current and proposed solutions.

    The course is also very interactive and gives practical examples and very informative videos and other materials.

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