Technology Enabled Data for Sustainable Transport Policy

Susan M. Grant-Muller, Mahmoud Abdelrazek, Hannah Budnitz, Caitlin D. Cottrill, Fiona Crawford, Charisma F. Choudhury, Teddy Cunningham, Gillian Harrison, Frances C. Hodgson, Jinhyun Hong, Adam Martin, Oliver O’Brien, Claire Papaix, Panagiotis Tsoleridis

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The explosive growth of New and Emerging Data Forms (NEDF) has enabled profound new insights into human behavior, especially related to mobility. NEDF are facilitated by technologies such as smartphones, sensor networks and distributed computing architectures, which are all becoming increasingly advanced and widespread. NEDF, which may offer large sample sizes of high resolution data, offer great potential for informing sustainable transport policy, as well as the development of crosssectoral policies, covering public-health, environment, land-use, and social equity. However, many challenges in exploiting NEDF exist including accessing data in public/private ownership; understanding the representativeness, measuring/accommodating biases/missing data; and the integration of traditional data with new forms to maximize overall utility. Questions remain on whether NEDF can be used to actively influence travel choice/behavior, the new skills and additional resources needed by stakeholders to realize data potential and the ethical challenges for all engaging with the data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Transportation
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-7
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780081026724
ISBN (Print)9780081026717
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Big data
  • Ethics
  • Influencing technologies
  • New and emerging data forms
  • Policy
  • Transport modeling


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