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What is Smart for the Future City? Mobilities and Automation

Department of Planning, Aalborg University, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark
Faculty of Economics and Law, Nürtingen-Geislingen University, 73312 Geislingen, Germany
mobil.LAB Doctoral Research Group, Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning & Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS); Technical University Munich, 80333 Munich, Germany
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Sustainability 2019, 11(1), 221;
Received: 26 November 2018 / Revised: 11 December 2018 / Accepted: 14 December 2018 / Published: 4 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Mobility for Future Cities)
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Cities have changed their pulse, their pace, and reach, and the urban scale is an interconnected element of the global “network society” with new forms of social, cultural and economic life emerging. The increase in the amount and speed of mobilities has strong impacts on ecological conditions, and, so far, no comprehensive sustainable solutions are in sight. This paper focuses on the discussion around smart cities, with a specific focus on automation and sustainability. Discourses on automated mobility in urban spaces are in a process of creation and different stakeholders contribute in shaping the urban space and its infrastructures for automated driving in the near or distant future. In many ways, it seems that the current storylines, to a high degree, reinforce and (re)produce the “system of automobility”. Automobility is still treated as the iconic and taken-for-granted form of modern mobility. It seems that most actors from industry, planning, and politics consider it as being sustained through smart and green mobility innovations and modifications. The paper discusses the implication of these techno-policy discourses and storylines for urban planning. It presents preliminary results from ongoing research on policy promotion strategies of automated driving in the region of Munich, Germany. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobilities; smart cities; sustainability; discourses; automated driving; Munich mobilities; smart cities; sustainability; discourses; automated driving; Munich
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Freudendal-Pedersen, M.; Kesselring, S.; Servou, E. What is Smart for the Future City? Mobilities and Automation. Sustainability 2019, 11, 221.

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