Disruptive Transport: Driverless Cars, Transport Innovation and the Sustainable City of Tomorrow, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Disruptive Transport

Driverless Cars, Transport Innovation and the Sustainable City of Tomorrow, 1st Edition

Edited by William Riggs


234 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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With the rise of shared and networked vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and other transportation technologies, technological change is outpacing urban planning and policy. Whether urban planners and policy makers like it or not, these transformations will in turn result in profound changes to streets, land use, and cities. But smarter transportation may not necessarily translate into greater sustainability or equity. There are clear opportunities to shape advances in transportation, and to harness them to reshape cities and improve the socio-economic health of cities and residents. There are opportunities to reduce collisions and improve access to healthcare for those who need it most—particularly high-cost, high-need individuals at the younger and older ends of the age spectrum. There is also potential to connect individuals to jobs and change the way cities organize space and optimize trips.

To date, very little discussion has centered around the job and social implications of this technology. Further, policy dialogue on future transport has lagged—particularly in the arenas of sustainability and social justice. Little work has been done on decision-making in this high uncertainty environment–a deficiency that is concerning given that land use and transportation actions have long and lagging timelines.

This is one of the first books to explore the impact that emerging transport technology is having on cities and their residents, and how policy is needed to shape the cities that we want to have in the future. The book contains a selection of contributions based on the most advanced empirical research, and case studies for how future transport can be harnessed to improve urban sustainability and justice.


"Billy Riggs has pulled together a talented team of cutting-edge practitioners and applied academicians to tackle a very timely topic: the paradigm shift already underway in transport. Much of the world is moving from a state of hypermobility to an even more seamless suite of travel options, thanks to self-driving vehicle technology. This book keeps the reader focused on ‘which way to go?’, as we arrive at this point of inflection: to more coordinated, affordable and efficient transportation systems, or more congested, more costly, less sustainable, and less healthy communities. Land development policies, vehicle ownership decisions, goods delivery, public and private budgets, and the sharing economy are central ideas here."Kara Kockelman, Dewitt Greer Centennial Professor of Transportation Engineering, University of Texas, USA

"This book offers a great spectrum of insights and is an invaluable piece of thought-leadership in an era when everything seems to be possible but nothing is certain. Billy Riggs ensures we stay abreast of the different trends and perspectives, and makes city planning a very fun topic and an adventure into our own future!"Sven Beiker, Lecturer in Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA and Managing Director, Silicon Valley Mobility, LLC

"This volume holds the latest thinking from key leaders at the forefront of understanding the impacts autonomous vehicles will have on cities and regions. The approach is smartly broad, covering a wide range of issues we should all be considering - from land use and street design, to finance, municipal budgets and equity. Autonomous vehicles are much broader than a transportation issue and this book helps us all understand their far-reaching effects and how we can best prepare and shape the future ahead of us."Nico Larco, Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Oregon, USA

"Disruptive Transport provides a great overview of the changes happening in today’s transportation world, and the opportunities to harvest the benefits from new technologies while limiting the potential negative impacts on our cities. Ridehailing, electric scooters, app-based shared mobility services and, in the near future, self-driving vehicles are quickly reshaping mobility, as well as individuals’ relationship with car ownership, activity scheduling and trip patterns, and the use of public space. Billy Riggs and his colleagues provide a deep dive into these topics, starting from the big picture of the changes already under way, to later explore the change at the city scale, before going back to "think big" in the final book section that focuses on opportunities for livability and sustainability of our communities. Featuring the contribution of many experts and real-world practitioners, the book is a very pleasant read – a fascinating trip into the future – which lays out important issues to consider in planning and policy making, and stimulates the readers to think at the future opportunities we have to change (in better) our cities and communities."Giovanni Circella, Director, 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program, University of California, Davis, USA

Table of Contents

Part I - The Big Picture

1. Introduction William Riggs

2. The Promise of Seamless Mobility Melissa Ruhl & Will Baumgardner

3. Balancing Promise with Peril Ron Milam

Part II - Going Small: Changes at the City Scale

4. Shaping Urban Environments Around Transportation Innovation Michael Johnson & William Riggs

5. Transforming Street Design: Approaches to Reengineering Our Neighborhood Streets William Riggs, William Riggs, Elizabeth Shay Adam Millard-Ball

6. Real Estate & New Mobility: Streets as Real Estate Deborah Stamm, William Riggs

7. Future Transport and City Budgets: Getting Bottom-Line Savvy In An Uncertain Future Ben Clark & Rebecca Lewis

8. Policy and Program Innovation in the New Mobility Future Josh Karlin-Resnick, NelsonNygaard

9. Think Different. Reframing Jobs & the Economy Shivani Shukla & William Riggs

Part III - Going Big: Changes at the Regional Scale

10. Co-Producing Mobility Greg-Griffin

11. Accessibility and Equity: Can a Shared and Electric Future be Socially Just? Stephen Zoepf

12. Exploring the Environmental Ramifications of Future Transport Frank Petrilli

13. Climate Change and Automation: Do we have an emissions problem? William Riggs, Michael R. Boswell, Louis Yudowitz & Matt Kawashima

Part IV - Conclusive Directions

14. A Vision for Livability Bruce Appleyard & William Riggs

15. Learning from the Past and Avoiding Future Mistakes Andrea Broaddus

16. Conclusions: Time for Action in the Era of Disruptive Transport William Riggs

About the Editor

William Riggs is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco, USA

About the Series

Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City series

This series positions equity and justice as central elements of the transition toward sustainable cities. The series introduces critical perspectives and new approaches to the practice and theory of urban planning and policy that ask how the world's cities can become ‘greener’ while becoming more fair, equitable and just.

Routledge Equity Justice and the Sustainable City series addresses sustainable city trends in the global North and South and investigates them for their potential to ensure a transition to urban sustainability that is equitable and just for all. These trends include municipal climate action plans; resource scarcity as tipping points into a vortex of urban dysfunction; inclusive urbanization; "complete streets" as a tool for realizing more "livable cities"; the use of information and analytics toward the creation of "smart cities".

The series welcomes submissions for high-level cutting edge research books that push thinking about sustainability, cities, justice and equity in new directions by challenging current conceptualizations and developing new ones. The series offers theoretical, methodological, and empirical advances that can be used by professionals and as supplementary reading in courses in urban geography, urban sociology, urban policy, environment and sustainability, development studies, planning, and a wide range of academic disciplines.

To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan ([email protected], twitter: @BrennanRebecca1), or the Series Editors, Julian Agyeman ([email protected], twitter: @julianagyeman) and Stephen Zavestoski ([email protected]).

Julian Agyeman, Tufts University Boston-Medford, USA

Stephen Zavestoski, University of San Francisco, USA

Editorial Advisory Board:

Dr Antwi Akom, Professor & Founding Director, Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab, University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco State University, USA

Dr Jayne Engle, Director, Cities, McConnell Foundation, Adjunct Professor, McGill University, Canada

Dr Ayona Datta, King’s College London, UK.

Dr Jenia Mukherjee, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India 

Professor Cheryl Teelucksingh, Ryerson University, Canada

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development