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Published: 18 March 2024

Commentary: Sustainable transportation tech must maximise benefits and minimise risks for users

The following expert comment below was written by Dr Nikolas Thomopoulos, Associate Professor in Transport at the University of Surrey and Programme Co-Lead for Sustainable Transport and Mobility at the Institute for Sustainability, about the potential of new technologies in achieving sustainable transportation goals:

Dr Nikolas Thomopoulos

“Automated and Connected Transport (ACT) has been featuring as a promising technology-based option to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This technology includes self-driving cars, electric vehicles, car-sharing services, smart roads, and options like bikes and e-scooters.

“The problem is, transportation currently creates a lot of pollution, and it's only going to get worse. We must consider how this new technology affects everyone. We need to integrate these new solutions in a cohesive and accessible system to maximise benefits and minimise risks for users.

“The key is to make sure this new system works well for everyone and is fair. Our newly published book, Sustainable Automated and Connected Transport, based on contributions by the international WISE-ACT network and beyond, illustrates how ACT can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”

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