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Vulnerable Users’ Perceptions of Transport Technologies

Sochor, Jana and Nikitas, Alexandros (2016) Vulnerable Users’ Perceptions of Transport Technologies. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Urban Design and Planning. ISSN 1755-0793 (In Press)

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As the global population continues to grow, age and urbanize, it is vital to provide accessible transport so that neither ageing nor disability constitute barriers to social inclusion. While technology can enhance urban access, there is a need to study the ways by which transport technologies - real-time information, pedestrian navigation, surveillance, and road pricing - could be more effectively adopted by users. The reason for this is that some people, and particularly vulnerable populations, are still likely to reluctantly use (or even avoid using) technologies perceived as 'unknown' and 'complicated'. Based on evidence from British and Swedish case studies on older people's perceptions of the aforementioned transport technologies, as well as on a Swedish case study of visually impaired people's perceptions, this article makes the case that technology is only one tool in a complex socio-technical system, and one which brings challenges. The authors also suggest that although vulnerable populations are not homogeneous when expressing attitudes towards transport technologies, their assessment criteria tend to be 'pro-social' as they usually consider that the societal benefits outweigh the personal benefits. Emphasising aspects linked to the technologies' pro-social potential or relevance to the individual user could increase acceptance.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Schools: The Business School
Depositing User: Alexandros Nikitas
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2016 10:46
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2016 11:20


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