Is 'smart mobility' sustainable? Examining the views and beliefs of transport's technological entrepreneurs

Kfir Noy*, Moshe Givoni

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One of the main evolving trends in the transport system is the assimilation of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) and other sophisticated hi-technology innovations into it. Those processes and practices are increasingly referred to as the "Smart Mobility" paradigm. In this paradigm, 'smart' and 'sustainable' are often considered synonymous, or at least complementary to each other. This research aims to examine the extent to which 'smart' and 'sustainable' are aligned with each other by conducting a survey amongst the main actors within smart mobility. These actors are referred to as transport innovators or entrepreneurs. The survey of n = 117 entrepreneurs shows that there is a mismatch between interpretation and understanding of what is 'smart' and what is 'sustainable'. It is clear that the concern of those transport entrepreneurs is primarily with commercial considerations and that their appreciation of what it takes to advance towards a more sustainable transport system is lacking. The belief amongst those entrepreneurs, it emerges, is that technological developments alone, specifically with respect to autonomous and connected vehicles, can lead to sustainable transport. This should be a real concern if those same actors are the ones who lead and pave the way forward for transport planning.

Original languageEnglish
Article number422
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number2
StatePublished - 6 Feb 2018


FundersFunder number
Ministry of Health, State of Israel
Office of the Chief Scientist, Ministry of Economy


    • Smart mobility
    • Sustainability
    • Technological entrepreneurs
    • Transport entrepreneurs


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