Intersecting Our Mobilities: Path Dependence from Manually-Operated Semaphore to Self-Driving Vehicles?

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Research units

  • Virginia Tech


Potential disruption stemming from self-driving vehicle (SDV) technology may change not just vehicles, but the foundations of our mobilities. As an example of analysing SDV technological development, this paper focuses on SDV intersection control. The starting premise is that technological development requires an understanding of previous developmental trajectories and potential future needs, rather than simply addressing present shortcomings. In order to investigate potential traps of technological path dependence, the paper examines the developmental trajectory of conventional traffic control technology. In addition, the paper contrasts stateof-the-research efforts for development of intersection control
principles for SDVs. Finally, conclusive parallels are drawn for
guiding the further development of SDV technology. Conclusions
highlight the need for a wider deliberation and expansion of the
criteria for foresight of mobility futures.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society - Trivandrum, India
Duration: 20 Oct 201622 Jan 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Symposium on Technology and Society
ISSN (Print)2158-3404
ISSN (Electronic)2158-3412


ConferenceIEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society
Abbreviated titleISTAS

    Research areas

  • self-driving vehicle, autonomous vehicle, connected automation, traffic management, technology ethics

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