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The impact of automated and connected transport on urban development in Europe


An interdisciplinary research project AVENUE21 (funded by the Daimler and Benz Foundation) conducted last year a survey on the effects of connected and automated vehicles. The project recently published (as Open Access book) its results in which more than 300 international experts were interviewed. The book is published by Springer Vieweg as an open access publication (in German, with an extensive summary in English). “AVENUE21. Automatisierter und vernetzter Verkehr: Entwicklungen des urbanen Europa” explains the findings of the survey and contains scenarios that show how the future of connected and automated vehicles can be created by local stakeholders. It also introduces the basic principles for local governance and planning which are essential in creating a more sustainable and liveable urban future with connected and automated vehicle technology.

The results of the survey show that respondents have great confidence in the public sector and policy measures are called for at local and regional level. They also desire stronger participation by political actors and civil society in the disclosure surrounding CAV’s. According to the experts assessment, automated means of transport is expected to have a high potential to displace non- automated means of transport. The highest pressure comes from automated car – and ride sharing services, 97.6% of respondents believed these applications will displace non-automated means of transport .

The book is written in German, and it contains an extensive English summary and references. To read the book, click here.

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