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The societal dimension of the automated vehicles transition: Towards a research agenda

Milakis, Dimitrios and Müller, Stephan (2021) The societal dimension of the automated vehicles transition: Towards a research agenda. Cities, 113, p. 103144. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2021.103144. ISSN 0264-2751.

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Abstract

Automated vehicles (AVs) represent a socio-technical transition of the mobility system. Thus far, research has focused predominantly on the technical dimension (i.e. technology development and operation, short-term impacts) of this transition. This paper presents a research agenda that contributes in rebalancing the focus from the technical to the societal dimension of the AVs transition. We adopt the social construction of technology approach, suggesting that technology and society are involved in a dialectical process over time that constructs each other and we identify three key dynamics of the societal dimension of AVs transition based on the multi-level perspective of technological transition. After reviewing the scholarly literature, we suggest an expansion of the research focus in three key research areas: societal acceptance, societal implications and governance of AVs to account for the societal dimension of the AVs transition. In the first area, we suggest an expansion of the research focus from consumers' adoption to citizens' acceptance of introduction of AVs. In the second area, we suggest an expansion of the research focus from short-term to long-term societal implications of AVs. In the third area, we suggest a shift from exploratory scenarios to participative anticipatory governance of desirable AVs futures.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/141377/
Document Type:Article
Title:The societal dimension of the automated vehicles transition: Towards a research agenda
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Milakis, DimitriosDimitrios.Milakis (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5220-4206
Müller, StephanStephan.Mueller (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:2021
Journal or Publication Title:Cities
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:113
DOI :10.1016/j.cities.2021.103144
Page Range:p. 103144
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0264-2751
Status:Published
Keywords:Automated vehicles, Socio-technical transition, Citizens' acceptance, Long-term societal implications, Anticipatory governance, Research agenda,
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, V - Zukunftsbilder eines automatisierten integrierten Verkehrssystems
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Mobility and Urban Development
Institute of Transport Research > Commercial Transport
Deposited By: Milakis, Dimitrios
Deposited On:13 Apr 2021 15:42
Last Modified:13 Apr 2021 15:42

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