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Governance Cultures and Sociotechnical Imaginaries of Self-Driving Vehicle Technology: Comparative Analysis of Finland, UK and Germany

Mladenović, Miloš and Stead, Dominic and Milakis, Dimitrios and Pangbourne, Kate and Givoni, Moshe (2020) Governance Cultures and Sociotechnical Imaginaries of Self-Driving Vehicle Technology: Comparative Analysis of Finland, UK and Germany. In: Policy Implications of Autonomous Vehicles Advances in Transport Policy and Planning, 5. Academic Press (Elsevier). pp. 235-262. doi: 10.1016/bs.atpp.2020.01.001. ISBN 9780128201916.

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Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2543000920300019


As an emerging technology, the potential deployment of self-driving vehicles (SDVs) in cities is attributed with significant uncertainties and anticipated consequences requiring responsible governance of innovation processes. Despite a growing number of studies on policies and governance arrangements for managing the introduction of SDVs, there is a gap in understanding about country-specific governance strategies and approaches. This chapter addresses this gap by presenting a comparative analysis of SDV-related policy documents in Finland, UK, and Germany, three countries which are actively seeking to promote the introduction of SDVs and which have distinct administrative traditions. Our analytical framework is based on the set of premises about technology as a complex socio-technical phenomenon, operationalized using governance cultures and sociotechnical imaginaries concepts. Our comparative policy document analysis focuses on the assumed roles for SDV technology, the identified domains and mechanisms of governance, and the assumed actors responsible for steering the development process. The results highlight similarities in pro-automation values across three different countries, while also uncovering important differences outside the domain of traditional transport policy instruments. In addition, the results identify different types of potential technological determinism, which could restrict opportunities for responsiveness and divergent visions of mobility futures in Europe. Concluding with a warning against further depolitization of technological development and a dominant focus on economic growth, we identify several necessary directions for further developing governance and experimentation processes.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/135859/
Document Type:Book Section
Title:Governance Cultures and Sociotechnical Imaginaries of Self-Driving Vehicle Technology: Comparative Analysis of Finland, UK and Germany
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Mladenović, MilošAalto University, FinlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Stead, DominicDelft University of Technology, the NetherlandsUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Milakis, DimitriosUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5220-4206UNSPECIFIED
Pangbourne, KateLeeds University, UKUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Givoni, MosheTel Aviv University, IsraelUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:27 January 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Policy Implications of Autonomous Vehicles
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 235-262
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Milakis, DimitriosUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5220-4206UNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Academic Press (Elsevier)
Series Name:Advances in Transport Policy and Planning
Keywords:automated vehicle; smart mobility governance; connected vehicles; automated driving; transport policy
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 - UrMo Digital (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Mobility and Urban Development
Deposited By: Milakis, Dr. -Ing. Dimitrios
Deposited On:28 Oct 2020 23:23
Last Modified:18 Oct 2023 13:51

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