Over recent decades, the UK’s transport system has undergone radical changes as a result of increased investment, the growth of population centres and technological advancements. In Driving Change: Travel in the Twenty-First Century, David Metz examines the role new business models and government policies have played in these changes, highlighting many of the unforseen consequences for transport development and for future outcomes.
Part 1 presents a nuanced overview of the modern transport system’s evolution and current state in the UK as well as offering comparative detail from other parts of Europe, North America, China and India. Part 2 examines ongoing developments and the impact of electric propulsion, digital geography and platforms, and autonomous vehicles. Considering the impact these advances will have on transport policy and business, the book explores some of the risks these raise, such as the likely revenue gap accompanying a switch to electric cars, and how they might be mitigated in order to maximize the benefits of these emerging technologies. Further, Metz illustrates how proactive policy-making can achieve a balance between industry and societal needs.
A rich analysis of the modern state of transportation, Driving Change is a key resource for students of transportation studies and policy professionals tasked with both developing infrastructure and the growth of the transportation industry.
David Metz is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Transport Studies, University College London. He was formerly Chief Scientist at the UK Department for Transport. His books include Travel Fast or Smart? A Manifesto for an Intelligent Transport Policy (2016) and Peak Car: The Future of Travel (2014).