Next Article in Journal
Understanding Perceptions of the Bioeconomy in Austria—An Explorative Case Study
Next Article in Special Issue
Youngsters’ Opinions and Attitudes toward the Use of Electric Bicycles in Israel
Previous Article in Journal
Transient Impact Analysis of High Renewable Energy Sources Penetration According to the Future Korean Power Grid Scenario
Previous Article in Special Issue
Towards Low-Carbon Interurban Road Strategies: Identifying Hot Spots Road Corridors in Spain
Review

Technology: A Necessary but Not Sufficient Condition for Future Personal Mobility

1
School of Civil Engineering, Campus de Elviña, University of A Coruña, s/n, 15071 A Coruña, Spain
2
Barcelona Innovative Transportation (BIT), UPC-BarcelonaTech, Jordi Girona 1-3, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 4141; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114141
Received: 28 September 2018 / Revised: 2 November 2018 / Accepted: 7 November 2018 / Published: 11 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Road Transportation Planning)
Technological advances revolutionize industrial processes, science, communications, and our way of life. However, developed societies have reached a stage in which the fascination with technological innovations often results in their indiscriminate consumption. In this paper, road traffic is used as a line of argument to demonstrate that the random introduction of technology does not imply benefits to society. Particularly, it is analyzed why some of the potential benefits of technological progress are lost in fields such as traffic monitoring, data handling, and traffic management, or in sustainable mobility initiatives, such as the introduction of electric vehicles or the implementation vehicle sharing projects. The risks faced in the future advent of autonomous vehicles are also discussed, and ideas for improvement suggested. A critical reflection on other transportation modes that are expected to be realized in the near future is included as well. The performed analysis evidences that the potential improvement in personal mobility will not become a reality if it exclusively relies on the latest technological devices, in line with consumers’ fantasies or economic interests. This is a statement that could be generalized to many other fields. The implementation/consumption of a particular technology should not be an objective in itself, but a tool to bring benefits to society. View Full-Text
Keywords: future personal mobility; sustainable mobility; society-oriented mobility; technological advances; technology overconsumption; trade-off analysis future personal mobility; sustainable mobility; society-oriented mobility; technological advances; technology overconsumption; trade-off analysis
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Martínez-Díaz, M.; Soriguera, F.; Pérez, I. Technology: A Necessary but Not Sufficient Condition for Future Personal Mobility. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4141. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114141

AMA Style

Martínez-Díaz M, Soriguera F, Pérez I. Technology: A Necessary but Not Sufficient Condition for Future Personal Mobility. Sustainability. 2018; 10(11):4141. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114141

Chicago/Turabian Style

Martínez-Díaz, Margarita; Soriguera, Francesc; Pérez, Ignacio. 2018. "Technology: A Necessary but Not Sufficient Condition for Future Personal Mobility" Sustainability 10, no. 11: 4141. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114141

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Search more from Scilit
 
Search
Back to TopTop