Driving Change

Travel in the Twenty-First Century

David Metz

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ISBN 9781788211208
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224 pages   |  234 x 156mm   |  31 August 2019


"Economic, demographic and technological changes point to the need for our transport system to evolve substantially in future, raising questions of how best to achieve this given the legacy of costly past investments. In this book David Metz offers new insights into how the system as a whole needs to adapt, and wise advice about how to bring this about. Efficient, clean transportation is fundamental to a healthy economy and society; anybody with an interest in it ought to read Driving Change." – Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy, University of Cambridge

"This timely and excellent book draws out the lessons of the important changes in travel behaviour which others appear not to have noticed. We have stopped travelling further and faster as we continue to use the same amount of time. So it is digital platforms and transport management that are the challenges of the future, rather than the traditional models of how to save time." – Bridget Rosewell, Chair, Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)


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.



Part I Transport Legacy
1. A system under stress
2. Twentieth-century travel

Part II Twenty-first century technologies
3. Electric vehicles
4. Digital navigation
5. Digital platforms
6. Autonomous vehicles
7. Trains, planes, buses and roads
8. Twenty-first century travel

Author Information

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).

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