Special Issue on "Identifying the Impact of Shared Autonomous Mobility onto Urban Transport System and Land Use Patterns"


Shared autonomous vehicles (SAVs) will be part of people’s lives in the next 10-20 years. The technology is developing rapidly, but questions for academia and decision makers about whether and how SAVs will be beneficial to the development of a sustainable society still remain.

On the one hand, SAVs have been found to have potentially positive effects on improving traffic efficiency, increasing road capacity, and enhancing road safety. On the other hand, it has been pointed out that SAVs can reduce people’s marginal travel cost and thus encourage people to undertake longer drives and more trips. The increase in the overall vehicle miles travelled will trigger urban dispersion and low-density urban growth in the long-term and hinder the sustainable development of cities, which is similar to the influence of motorization (mass diffusion of private cars) on urban expansion in the United States. In addition, most of the existing literature is focused on deriving the short-term influences of SAVs on transportation systems, whereas the potential long-term land use effects of SAVs have not yet been fully explored. Urban land use and transportation systems are closely connected.

Under the existing research framework, it can be difficult to distinguish the long-term influence of SAVs on urban sprawl and sustainable development of cities. Considering that the time horizon for many transportation planning forecasts is around 20-30 years, it is likely that SAVs will be commonplace well within that time span. With this in mind, we need to begin to examine the potential long-term impact of SAVs on urban systems now.

This special issue invites contributions to address research problems related to sustainable development and SAVs. It aims to help decision makers to understand the potential effects of SAVs, recognize the negative effects of SAVs, and provide strategies to address them. The scopes and topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

(1) Short-term and long-term effects of SAVs on travel behavior and transportation system

(2) Long-term effects of SAVs on location choices and land use

(3) Long-term effects of SAVs on energy consumption, air pollution, and social equity

(4) Implications and strategies for relevant decision makers

To facilitate debates on related topics, we are planning for one special session on SAVs at the 5th International Conference on Integrated Land Use Transport Modeling (ILUTM), which will be organized by Tongji University and Wuhan University of Technology in May 2019.

Key Dates

Initial paper submission via the JTLU website: December 1, 2019

Feedback of the first-round review: March 1, 2020

Feedback of the second-round review: June 1, 2020

Final paper submission: August 1, 2020

Online first: October 1, 2020

Publication Costs

All articles in this special issue will be open-access articles. The publication costs for each article in this special issue is $1,000.

Guest Editors

Dr. Shaopeng Zhong Associate Professor, School of Transportation and Logistics, Dalian University of Technology
Email: szhong@dlut.edu.cn

Dr. Ming Zhong Professor, Intelligent Transport Systems Research Center, Wuhan University of Technology
Email: mingzhong@whut.edu.cn

Dr. John Douglas Hunt Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Calgary
Email: jdhunt@ucalgary.ca