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Automated and Autonomous Spatial Mobilities

Aharon Kellerman, University of Haifa, Israel
This ground-breaking book explores a rapidly developing aspect of contemporary life: automated and autonomous spatial mobilities and their social and urban implications. Presenting a wide-ranging discussion on autonomous vehicle (AV) development and its future adoption, this highly topical book points to the emergence of autonomously mobile cities and the new mobility landscapes they will present. Academics, as well as practitioners, in the fields of mobility, transportation, urban planning, geography and sociology will find this an essential read.
Extent: c 232 pp
Hardback Price: $120.00 Web: $108.00
Publication Date: February 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78643 848 5
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In this ground-breaking book Aharon Kellerman explores a rapidly developing aspect of contemporary life: automated and autonomous spatial mobilities and their social and urban implications. Distinguishing between automation, or self-doing, and autonomy, or self-government, at both the conceptual and practical levels, this book also draws a distinction between spatial mobility and automated spatial mobility. Automation processes for transportation and communications media and their controls are discussed in light of these differences.

Presenting a wide-ranging discussion on autonomous vehicle (AV) development and its future adoption, as well as of social and spatial dimensions of the AV-age, this highly topical book points to the emergence of autonomously mobile cities and the new mobility landscapes they will present. Academics, as well as practitioners, in the fields of mobility, transportation, urban planning, geography and sociology will find this an essential read.
‘This is a very welcome book that treats the issue of automated and autonomous mobility in the mind-set of the book series in which it appears. It deals with transport, mobilities, and spatial change, with a strong historical, transport geography, technical, economic and social component. Kellerman has the gift of disentangling complex topics into very comprehensible, structured, and well-written research issues, whereby attention is paid to definitions, conceptualizations, social meanings, and interpretation. An excellent contribution!’
– Frank Witlox, Ghent University, Belgium

‘No matter how we swing it, automated driving terminates the modern love affair with auto-mobility as we know it. Again, Aharon Kellerman is at the forefront of analyzing contemporary mobilities. He makes us understand the deep and silent metamorphosis of the modern system of (auto)mobility. A must-read for mobilities scholars, cultural geographers as well as practitioners, planners and engineers.’
– Sven Kesselring, Nürtingen-Geislingen University, Germany

‘This is the most comprehensive and thorough study of the relation between automation and mobility. By bringing together the development of automation in both physical and virtual mobilities, Kellerman is not only able to offer a new history of the emergence of automated vehicles in relation to information technology, communications, and artificial intelligence, but also provides well grounded predictions for the future of automation and its social impacts in many forms of mobility. This book will be a crucial resource for mobilities scholars.’
– Mimi Sheller, Drexel University, US
Contents: Preface 1. Spatial mobility, automation, and autonomy 2. Automated and autonomous self-moving/mobility 3. Automated and autonomous traffic control 4. Automated and autonomous public transportation 5. Automated and autonomous information transmission 6. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) 7. The geography of intelligent transport and communications 8. Summary and conclusion References Index