CAVs, Electric Scooters and Their Implications for the Road Network Design

The world of mobility is changing, new technologies are transforming some vehicles in radically new ways. Cars might drive themselves in the near future and e-scooters are carrying commuters in busy city centres around the world. Despite the uncertainty, people need to plan for the future of the road network and make decisions today for the infrastructure of tomorrow. The study of history might help us uncover some of the complex processes at play. By doing a historical analysis of the development of Paris and London road networks, it is possible to capture what mattered and what did not to matter in shaping their road network differences. The landscape, the climate, the level of economic and demographic development cannot explain why Paris has a lot of urban motorways and London does not. It cannot explain the differences in traffic signal systems or why Paris does not have a congestion charge. It cannot explain the differences in traffic enforcement technology. From technological innovation to administrative law and organisational structures, historical consistencies in system behaviours are remarkable and provide useful clues as to what is likely to be the impact of new technologies. Some characteristics of technology and the legal system have been shown as having a consistent impact on the road network development. A system thinking approach to the evolution of the road network has been developed in this research. The testing of this analytical framework to both London and Paris for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and electric scooters are presented in this article.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: European Transport Conference 2019

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  • Accession Number: 01749308
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2020 11:08AM