Our SCALINGS partner, Mathieu Baudrin from CSI/Mines ParisTech, shared his SCALINGS research at an Urban Experimentation Webinar Series organised by Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS. You can find the original post here.

The puzzling road toward Connected and Automated Driving (CAD) future: an inquiry into the geographical and historical situatedness of mobility technological changes

For several decades, the increase of traffic on roads generated different global and local issues such as traffic jam, climate change, public health problems, and sustainability dead ends. To face those issues United States and European governments have taken a series of actions going from considerably basic strategies like building more roads, to large innovation project in favor of more elaborate technological solutions to optimize the use of road infrastructures like telecommunication systems, AI software development, driving assistance and recently Connected and Automated Driving (CAD) technologies. If the former policy option mainly concerned industries in the infrastructure sector, the latter option opens up the spectrum to a large and ever evolving coalition of industries such as car builders, transportations, IoT companies and telecommunications. States are competing to address the issue related to mobility while fostering innovations. The development of CAD technologies is paradigmatic of this phenomenon. We argue in this article that the competition among states and industries is rooted at the core of the technologies themselves and that these messy technological changes do not happen in a vacuum but are thoroughly situated in regional context and their history. This situatedness thus creates what we call the puzzling road toward CAD future.

Speaker: Mathieu Baudrin (Mines ParisTech, CSI)
Discussant: Alexandre Faure (FFJ, EHESS)
Production/Post-production: Céline Caliaro, Fabien Michel