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Governance of transition to autonomous vehicles in the UK lacks inclusivity and openness

A new article, written by Dr Debbie Hopkins and Dr Tim Schwanen, argues that the way the transition to automated vehicles (AVs) is governed in the UK lacks inclusivity, democracy, diversity and openness. The paper critically examines the governance of the transition to automated mobility in the UK and calls for a greater consideration of the political dimension to innovation and transition processes, including AV innovation.

The researchers carried out empirical analysis based on qualitative interviews with a diverse set of stakeholders including government departments, industry organisations, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, NGOs and charities; as well as conducting a stakeholder workshop on automation in freight transport in 2017.

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