TATuP on automated driving
Blessing or curse for a sustainable mobility system? In its current issue 2/2018, the Journal on Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice examines the societal, social, and ecological aspects of self-driving cars.
Automated or even autonomous driving has become the main topic of the industry, politics, science, and the media. All the major car manufacturers, prominent IT companies, and research institutions are working on such technologies and concepts – either making the promise of a vehicle as feel-good location between work and home or promoting the vision of a self-driving robot taxi, which makes private cars redundant. Transport policy concepts are hardly able to keep pace with these dynamics so far, concepts for embedding the technology into a sustainable transport system are still missing.
The authors of the TATuP issue 2/2018 are looking for answers. They explore, among other topics, to which extent self-driving cars can contribute to the prevention of traffic jams and accidents, examine the possibility of rebound effects due to “empty runs”, or present their empirical results on how automated driving is perceived by the public. In the INTERVIEW, Torsten Fleischer and Jens Schippl (both from ITAS) discuss the development perspectives and possible impacts of automated driving with Moshe Givoni, mobility researcher at Tel Aviv University.
Also in the summer issue 2018: An article on a newly developed method to include citizens in the design of research and innovation with a standardized process, a critical examination of the integrative concept of sustainable development, as well as reviews, conference proceedings, and news from the European TA community.