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Do Traffic Controllers Dream of Electric Cars?

Taylor, N; (2015) Do Traffic Controllers Dream of Electric Cars? Opticon1826 , 17 (4) pp. 1-17. 10.5334/opt.cm. Green open access

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Abstract

Traffic congestion is not a modern phenomenon, but the growth of motor traffic driven by the supply of petroleum is. This coincides with concern about climate change caused by carbon emissions to which transport makes a substantial and increasing contribution. It seems that private cars in particular cannot be useful without coming to dominate human activity and even whole economies, creating dependence, congestion and severance which paradoxically negate many of the benefits of mobility. Electrification may reduce carbon emissions, but is unlikely to support the same weight of motor traffic, and will not reduce its other effects. It is doubtful that sustainability, however defined, is compatible with current high and increasing levels of motorised movement, so a culture change will be needed.

Type: Article
Title: Do Traffic Controllers Dream of Electric Cars?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/opt.cm
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/opt.cm
Additional information: © 2015 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY 3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/. Opticon1826 is a peer-reviewed open access journal published by Ubiquity Press OPEN ACCESS
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1469940
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