ITS Monday: Edition 30, 2021
A small collection of curated content from the worlds of intelligent transport systems, smart mobility, and associated areas.
Included this week, 15-minute cities, peak car, electric vehicle dangers, trackless trams, trouble in hydrogen land, and more.
And just in case you hadn’t caught it yet, we have a new series of interviews with transport professionals – Effects of COVID on the transport sector – what they see now, what they would like to happen post-pandemic, and what they think will happen. If you’d like to be join this conversation, drop us a line!
This week’s articles
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“Is life under the pandemic bringing the central business district to an end? Business school professors reveal whether they think the future of post-pandemic urban life is the 15-minute city.” Quotes pertaining to the question are from Professor David Hensher, with particular focus on working from home.READ THE ARTICLE
A new article from the Social Studies of Science journal, authored by Chris Tennant and Jack Stilgoe, both of the UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies. “The ideal of the self-driving car replaces an error-prone human with an infallible, artificially intelligent driver. This narrative of autonomy promises liberation from the downsides of automobility, even if that means taking control away from autonomous, free-moving individuals. We look behind this narrative to understand the attachments that so-called ‘autonomous’ vehicles (AVs) are likely to have to the world.”READ THE ARTICLE
An excerpt from the book ‘A Brief History of Motion: From the Wheel, to the Car, to What Comes Next’, by Tom Standage. “In the 2020s there are clear signs that enthusiasm for cars is finally waning. Even some people within the industry now acknowledge that the world is now at, or has passed, “peak car” — the point at which car ownership and use level off and start to decline.”READ THE ARTICLE
Another article by Jack Stilgoe of the UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies, this time co-authored with Erik Stayton, a Doctoral Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This article discusses survey evidence suggesting that consumers are confused about whether they can currently buy a vehicle that is “self-driving”, and that to aid in lessening confusion it’s time for the levels of automation drawn up by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to be re-worked.READ THE ARTICLE
This BBC article has a UK focus, warning that with a lot of funding in the UK going toward people making the switch to electric vehicles, rather than improving air quality by lowering exhaust emissions, these incentives risk making highways far busier and even slower – as people buy so-called “zero-emission, guilt-free” vehicles. The warning is from the UK’s Institute for Public Policy Research.READ THE ARTICLE
This mode of transport, in this location, has been hotly debated since 2017, when the idea was first floated. ““Is it a good idea? Yes, we need better buses in a lot of parts of Auckland. Is it the right idea for Dominion Rd? No, it’s not because we actually have a bunch of other issues we’re trying to solve that they can’t address.”READ THE ARTICLE
Again in the UK, trouble in hydrogen land. A director of a hydrogen industry group has resigned over the rather good point that while hydrogen might be a good fuel solution in some areas of transport, most certainly not all hydrogen is created equal.READ THE ARTICLE