Transportation technologies, sharing economy, and teleactivities: Implications for built environment and travel

This paper reviews how teleactivities, the sharing economy, and emerging transportation technologies – components of what the authors could call the “App City” – may influence travel behavior and the built environment. Findings suggest that teleactivities may substitute some trips but generate others. Telework and teleconferencing may reduce total travel. Findings on the sharing economy suggest that accommodation sharing increases long-distance travel; bikesharing is conducive to more active travel and lower car use; carsharing may reduce private car use and ownership; ridesourcing (ridehailing) may increase vehicle miles traveled; while the implications of e-scooter sharing, ridesharing, and Mobility as a Service are context-dependent. Findings on emerging transportation technologies suggest that private autonomous vehicles and urban air mobility may increase total travel, whereas autonomous buses may lead to reduced car use. Implications of App Cities for the built environment include new transport systems and land use changes due to behavioral changes.


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  • Accession Number: 01769179
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 2021 4:25PM