Peter Phleps is a senior researcher and futurist at the Institute for Mobility Research (ifmo), a research facility of BMW Group. He has a doctoral degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Technische Universität München (TUM). Before joining ifmo he worked as a Research Associate at the TUM Institute of Aircraft Design, where he focused on the combination of scenario analysis and technology evaluation, applied for different aspects of the air transport system. At ifmo he deals with future developments and challenges relating to mobility across all modes of transport, with automobility being only one aspect among many. Taking on an international perspective, ifmo’s activities focus on social science and sociopolitical, economic and ecological issues, but also extend to cultural questions related to the key challenges facing the future of mobility.
To drive or to be driven? How self-driving vehicles might impact our mobility behavior
Although it is still uncertain how fast and how strong self-driving cars will diffuse in the transport system, high impacts on mobility are very much likely in the next decades. Self-driving cars promise increasing safety and energy efficiency, less traffic issues in cities and especially higher comfort for people who don’t want to drive on their own. Nice prospects, but who are the persons benefiting most from autonomous vehicles? And how could those people change their travel behavior in case they don’t drive anymore but are driven by a computer?