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New article: Questioning mobility as a service: Unanticipated implications for society and governance

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My August-Wilhelm Scheer Visiting Professorship at TUM

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I am pleased to announce that I have been awarded the August-Wilhelm Scheer Visiting Professorship at the Technical University of Munich!
Named after Professor August-Wilhelm Scheer, a renowned German pioneer in the field of computer science,the professorship is awarded to scientists with an outstanding international reputation who wish to engage in an intensive and sustainable collaboration with TUM researchers.
August-Wilhelm Scheer professors are expected to enrich the vibrant research culture at TUM by virtue of innovative approaches and to explore new, cutting-edge research fields.
Glad that I will jointly work with Professor Constantinos Antoniou and his team at the Chair ofTransportation Systems Engineering on new insights about acceptance of emerging mobility technologies!
Also happy that I will become a member of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS) as part of my appointment at TUM. 

More inforamtion available here

Special Issue on long term implications of automated vehicles published in Transport Reviews

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The Special Issue on long term implications of automated vehicles has been recently published in Transport Reviews and is available here.

As I mentioned in my guest-editorial (available open access here): “After a long period of overly optimistic discussions and mostly technological oriented research on AVs, there are early signs that deployment of AVs will likely be much more complicated than initially expected, possibly involving adverse long-term implications for social and environmental sustainability. Early exploration of those implications and of the associated policy responses is important to not only prevent unwanted consequences but also shape development of this new mobility technology in a socially desirable way. This Special Issue served this purpose by reviewing evidence and discussing long-term travel behaviour, spatial, planning and governance implications of AVs.”

I really enjoyed guest-editing this SI for Transport Reviews! I hope these ideas will add another block of …

Call for book chapter abstracts on “Policy implications of AVs” (Elsevier)

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I am pleased to announce the Call for book chapter abstracts on “Policy implications of AVs” (Elsevier book series: Advances in Transport Policy andPlanning). Submission deadline: 15.01.2019 (max 400 words).Editors: Dimitris Milakis, Nikolas Thomopoulos, Bert van Wee.

Thus far, research on policy implications of AVs has been mostly country agnostic. In this edited book volume, we focus on country-specific and cross-country/city variations of AV implications. For more information click here.



My new position at the Institute of Transport Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR)!

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Excited to announce my new position as Head of the (new) research group on ‘Automated driving and new mobility concepts’ at the Institute of Transport Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin!

Our new article on accessibility implications of AVs is featured in Elsevier’s latest key research list on AVs

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Our new article with Maarten Kroesen and Bert Van Wee on accessibility implications of AVs is featured in Elsevier’s latest key research list on AVs and is now offered free to access until September 30, 2018 (available here)!
In this article, we applied Q-method among a sample of 17 international accessibility experts and concluded that changes in accessibility because of automated vehicles are expected to (a) be highly uncertain, (b) induce both densification and further sprawl, (c) be distributed unequally among social groups.
Here is the abstract of the article:
In this paper, possible accessibility impacts of fully automated vehicles (AVs) are explored. A conceptual framework for those impacts is developed based on the model of four accessibility components (i.e. land use, transport, temporal and individual) of Geurs and van Wee (2004). Q-method is applied among a sample of seventeen international accessibility experts to explore heterogeneity among experts with respect to the impa…

New book chapter: The case of Mobility as a Service. A critical reflection on challenges for urban transport and mobility governance

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In our new book chapter with Kate Pangbourne, Dominic Stead, and Miloš Mladenović, we critically reflect on the “(false) promise of freedom” that accompanies MaaS. We contend that MaaS could feed unsustainable travel behaviours and pose threats to transport and social resilience and we discuss the implications for governance.

Here is the abstract of our book chapter:

This chapter provides a reflective critique of Mobility as a Service (MaaS), an emerging development seeking a role within the Smart Mobility paradigm. We assess a range of its future implications for urban policymakers in terms of governance and sustainability (i.e., social and environmental impacts). We begin by describing the origins of the MaaS concept, along with the features of precursor technologies and current early examples. We then reflect on the marketing of MaaS and use it to consider how we might anticipate some potentially less desirable aspects of the promoted business models. Finally, we discuss the implica…