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New chapter on rural public transport and new technologies

2020-08-26

Jamil Khan and Fredrik Pettersson-Löfstedt have published a chapter in the new anthology "Shaping Smart Mobility Futures: Governance and Policy Instruments in times of Sustainability Transitions". The chapter is titled "Smart public transport in rural areas: Prospects, challenges and policy needs". It investigates the prospects of addressing the challenges for public transport in rural areas through new information and communication technology (ICT) solutions and autonomous vehicles (AVs). For more information on the book see this link

On September 2 at 12.15-13.00 there will be a lunch seminar hosted by K2 where the anthology will be presented. See further here

Abstract
There is a heavy dependence on cars for people living in rural areas and small towns. The countryside has so far been left out of the transition to carbonfree transport, and public transport shares are low in rural areas. New information and communication technology (ICT) solutions and autonomous vehicles (AVs) have the potential to improve the conditions for public transport in rural areas, as they may increase efficiency and reduce costs. Still, these technological novelties are rarely tested in rural settings and policy focus and pilot tests have occurred almost exclusively in cities. The aim of this chapter is to explore the conditions and challenges for public transport in rural areas through ICT and AVs. The authors will discuss how policy focus needs to change to increase attention to rural areas and give suggestions on concrete policy measures that can be used. In the chapter, the authors draw empirically on results from two research projects in Sweden about the conditions for public transport in rural areas and ongoing tests with new ICT solutions.