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Assessment of Transport Technologies: A Multi-Criteria Framework for Decision Making

Höltl, Arne (2013) Assessment of Transport Technologies: A Multi-Criteria Framework for Decision Making. NECTAR 2013 - Dynamics of Global and Local Networks, 16.-18. Juni 2013, Ponta Delgada, Portugal. (Unpublished)

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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions has constantly been an objective in transport policy making. One possible approach to reach this goal is to increase fuel-efficiency. Restrictive emission policies have already led to vehicle technology improvements and thus reduced fleet emissions. Another possible way to reach emission reduction goals is to increase traffic efficiency by means of information and communication technologies. Smooth traffic, less stops and constant speeds are indicators for higher traffic effectiveness and decreasing transport emissions. Certain changes in traffic behaviour are necessary to reach these goals. The potential of fuel efficiency increase through changed driver behaviour is significant and advanced assistant systems can play an important role to improve it on a sustainable level. In several research projects assistant systems which help drivers to reduce their personal fuel consumption and thus lower the overall traffic emissions are evaluated. The type of recommendation given to the driver (e.g. about speed adjustment) relies here on the current traffic situation and is provided via visual, acoustic or haptic messages. The assessment of new technologies includes the evaluation of all kinds of effects a certain technology such as the driver assistant system may provoke. In several technology assessment approaches the conclusion has been that there is not a single best procedure that could be applied to any assessment objective. It is rather intended to consider all relevant effects and reduce the probability of wrong judgements about the outcome. Helpful for those making decisions later on whether these technologies should be realized or not can be a multi-criteria framework which includes technical and non-technical information retrieved during the assessment process. Such a framework is based on available data – which may be qualitative (user perception, expert judgement) or quantitative (traffic simulation, field test measurement) – and used to compare alternatives and assist in decision making. The multi-criteria analysis as a feasible method for technology assessment and aspects of uncertainty will be discussed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/83086/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Assessment of Transport Technologies: A Multi-Criteria Framework for Decision Making
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:18 June 2013
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Technology Assessment, Multi-Criteria Analysis, Decision Making, Driver Assistance
Event Title:NECTAR 2013 - Dynamics of Global and Local Networks
Event Location:Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:16.-18. Juni 2013
Organizer:University of Azores
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 - Verkehrsentwicklung und Umwelt II (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Passenger Transport
Deposited By: Höltl, Arne
Deposited On:26 Jun 2013 11:15
Last Modified:13 Sep 2017 22:15

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