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A systemic view on autonomous vehicles: Policy aspects for a sustainable transportation planning

Bahamonde Birke, Francisco Jose and Kickhöfer, Benjamin and Heinrichs, Dirk and Kuhnimhof, Tobias (2018) A systemic view on autonomous vehicles: Policy aspects for a sustainable transportation planning. disP - The Planning Review. Netzwerk Stadt und Landschaft. doi: 10.1080/02513625.2018.1525197. ISSN 0251-3625.

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Over the past few years, many studies have provided detailed descriptions of the potential benefits associated with the introduction of autonomous vehicles, such as improvements in traffic flows, local and global emissions, traffic safety, cost efficiency of public and private transport operations, etc. Additionally, the mobilization of mobility impaired people and the independent car use of travelers without driver’s license has been identified as a potential benefit for users. However, only estimating the benefits of these direct (or first-order) effects is unlikely to show the full picture of consequences that will emerge once autonomous vehicles enter the roads. In this paper, we therefore put emphasis on discussing systemic (or second-order) effects. The paper presents a conceptual exploration of these effects based on literature and research findings to date. We show that these systemic effects – especially in urban areas and without adequate policy intervention – have the potential to eliminate at least some of the benefits initially associated with autonomous vehicles. Following this systemic view on autonomous vehicles, we finally discuss policy aspects for responsible authorities and planners on how to prepare transportation systems for the challenges related to the introduction of autonomous vehicles and conclude with areas of research that seem highly important to be investigated further in this context.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/121301/
Document Type:Article
Title:A systemic view on autonomous vehicles: Policy aspects for a sustainable transportation planning
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Kickhöfer, BenjaminUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9246-8801UNSPECIFIED
Heinrichs, DirkUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1242-2617UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:disP - The Planning Review
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:Netzwerk Stadt und Landschaft
Keywords:autonomous vehicles, systemic analysis, transportation planning, policy setting
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Urbane Mobilität (old), V - Verkehrsentwicklung und Umwelt II (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Mobility and Urban Development
Institute of Transport Research > Passenger Transport
Deposited By: Bahamonde Birke, Francisco Jose
Deposited On:07 Aug 2018 11:59
Last Modified:14 Jun 2023 16:30

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