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Implications of mobile devices on ITS freight roadmaps ahead

Implications of mobile devices on ITS freight roadmaps ahead Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the growing importance of generic mobile computing for ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) development and governance. Specifically, building on theories of open innovation and pertinent examples, the paper aims to inform future ITS policymaking. Design/methodology/approach – Using a wide range of national, regional, and industry roadmaps together with scientific reports on the impact of specific ITS services, conclusions for ITS governance and policymaking are drawn. Findings – This paper finds that it is imperative to proactively embrace the rapidly expanding generic mobile computing service industry and critically reassert investments in dedicated ITS‐infrastructure. This is of equal importance for developed and developing countries. Research limitations/implications – Previous literature has mainly dealt with ITS in terms of mobility of people. This paper addresses ITS in a freight context, an area that has received scarce attention in the literature. Practical implications – This paper presents important insights for infrastructure policy makers on opportunities to take advantage of freely available data in improving freight mobility. Social implications – The trend of producing and consuming data simultaneously (so called “prosuming”) is currently re‐shaping the ITS landscape and will in the near future affect millions of daily commuters. Originality/value – The paper gives an account of current worldwide ITS policies in context. The assessment of services is intended to inform both industry and policymakers. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development Emerald Publishing

Implications of mobile devices on ITS freight roadmaps ahead

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2042-5945
DOI
10.1108/20425941311323154
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the growing importance of generic mobile computing for ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) development and governance. Specifically, building on theories of open innovation and pertinent examples, the paper aims to inform future ITS policymaking. Design/methodology/approach – Using a wide range of national, regional, and industry roadmaps together with scientific reports on the impact of specific ITS services, conclusions for ITS governance and policymaking are drawn. Findings – This paper finds that it is imperative to proactively embrace the rapidly expanding generic mobile computing service industry and critically reassert investments in dedicated ITS‐infrastructure. This is of equal importance for developed and developing countries. Research limitations/implications – Previous literature has mainly dealt with ITS in terms of mobility of people. This paper addresses ITS in a freight context, an area that has received scarce attention in the literature. Practical implications – This paper presents important insights for infrastructure policy makers on opportunities to take advantage of freely available data in improving freight mobility. Social implications – The trend of producing and consuming data simultaneously (so called “prosuming”) is currently re‐shaping the ITS landscape and will in the near future affect millions of daily commuters. Originality/value – The paper gives an account of current worldwide ITS policies in context. The assessment of services is intended to inform both industry and policymakers.

Journal

World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable DevelopmentEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2013

Keywords: ITS; Policymaking; Mobile computing; Transportation; Mobile technology

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