TELEMATICS, TRAVEL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED OF TRAVEL SUBSTITUTION

The paper examines whether and how far telematics can be expected to replace travel, and investigates the role of telematics as an environmental policy measure. A behavioural approach to the study of the substitution of various types of travel indicates that telematics seems likely to have only a limited role for environmental policy. The desired environmental impacts of telematics are outlined. Three major types of teleactivities, which could reduce travel, are defined: (1) telework; (2) teleshopping; and (3) teleconferencing. Naive models of telematics effects on transport are criticised. A more 'scholarly' model of telematics must consider: (1) the direct impacts of a single activity; (2) the indirect impacts of a single activity; (3) the aggregation of benefits and costs; and (4) long-term synergistic effects of changes in telematics, land use, and activities in a computerised society. The author discusses the potential impacts of teleactivities, although not convinced that telework will have profound effects on transport, but sees a clear trend to encourage shopping as a leisure activity.

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    Alexandrine Press

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  • Authors:
    • Salomon, I
  • Publication Date: 1995

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 214-22
  • Serial:
    • BUILT ENVIRONMENT
    • Volume: 21
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Alexandrine Press
    • ISSN: 0263-7960

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00723173
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 26 1996 12:00AM