Article ID: CBB041327262

A Sustainability Interrogation of the Autonomous Vehicle at Its Society-Technology Interface (2019)


This analysis of the emergent automated vehicle technology focuses on the friction at its interface with society, clouding its future. The sequential focus of development → deployment is reconfigured as reciprocal: society ↔ technology. A best path forward is presented that incorporates environmental and social sustainability factors as they relate to climate change and public health. The path’s signpost is automated electric vehicles deployed in public and private fleets. This course has promise to recover automobility from the damaging, unsustainable legacy of personal internal combustion vehicles—highlighted by their toxic and carbon emissions, and road casualties.

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Authors & Contributors
Volti, Rudi
Elias, Jamal J.
Gangloff, Amy Beth
Tomes, Nancy
Maria-Katharina Lang
Baatarnaran Tsetsentsolmon
Technology and Culture
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
The Journal of Transport History
IEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Technikgeschichte: Beiträge zur Geschichte der Technik und Industrie
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Berghahn Books
Land transportation
Technology and society
Technoscience; science and technology studies
Users of technology
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
United States

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