The conflict between collective good and individual utility maximization is a classical problem of "tragedy of the commons." In this paper, a study using a scenario method that can be used to limit such conflicts by increasing the knowledge of available options among policy makers and citizens is presented. The consequences on the collective good can thereby be incorporated in the public debate and taken into account in policy formation. The study focused on how transport telematics in cities could be implemented in order to facilitate a sustainable development. sustainable development was used as a high level policy goal. As such it supports the holistic, problem-oriented view that is seldom seen in the transport telematics literature. The scope involved the design of systems aimed at reaching such a goal. It was formulated as a question: "What systems should be designed to get the best out of the new technology?" The main issues here have been to suggest how functions can combine into systems, to visualize barriers to feasibility, to discuss the impact from different technologies and to investigate potential markets for different systems. A benefit of the scenario technique is that the functions dependence on their environment is emphasized. This study is expected to highlight the opportunities and risks that transport telematics entail. The study can then lay the basis for a policy formulation on future implementation strategies. The scenario descriptions can also be used as a basis for public debate on how to use information technology in the future transport system.

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    Ashgate Publishing Company

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  • Authors:
    • Hojer, M
  • Publication Date: 1999


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  • Accession Number: 00794226
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1840145064
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 27 2000 12:00AM