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Sociotechnical imaginaries of connected and automated vehicle technology: Comparative analysis of governance cultures in Finland, Germany, and the UK

Mladenović, Miloš and Stead, Dominic and Milakis, Dimitrios and Pangbourne, Kate and Givoni, Moshe (2020) Sociotechnical imaginaries of connected and automated vehicle technology: Comparative analysis of governance cultures in Finland, Germany, and the UK. Bridging Transportation Researchers (BTR), 10-11 Aug 2020, Online Conference.

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Abstract

As an emerging technology, the potential deployment of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) 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 CAVs, there is a gap in understanding about country-specific governance strategies and approaches. This research aims to contribute addressing this gap by presenting a comparative analysis of CAV-related policy documents in Finland, UK, and Germany, three countries which are actively seeking to promote the introduction of CAVs 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 CAV 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/141728/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Sociotechnical imaginaries of connected and automated vehicle technology: Comparative analysis of governance cultures in Finland, Germany, and the UK
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Mladenović, MilošAalto University, FinlandUNSPECIFIED
Stead, DominicDelft University of Technology, the NetherlandsUNSPECIFIED
Milakis, DimitriosDimitrios.Milakis (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5220-4206
Pangbourne, KateInstitute for Transport Studies, University of LeedsUNSPECIFIED
Givoni, MosheTel Aviv University, IsraelUNSPECIFIED
Date:2020
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Accepted
Keywords:autonomous vehicle; smart mobility governance; self-driving vehicles; automated driving; transport policy
Event Title:Bridging Transportation Researchers (BTR)
Event Location:Online Conference
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:10-11 Aug 2020
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 - Zukunftsbilder eines automatisierten integrierten Verkehrssystems
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Mobility and Urban Development
Deposited By: Milakis, Dimitrios
Deposited On:13 Apr 2021 15:47
Last Modified:13 Apr 2021 15:47

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