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Towards Innovative Transport Systems

Evolution and Ground-Breaking Developments

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  • Explains the evolution of transport systems and extrapolates to make predictions about the future
  • Conceptualizes innovation policy for the transport sector
  • Provides a thorough overview of evolutionary economics and the sociology of transport technology
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This book supports companies in the transport sector, political decision-makers, transport engineers, planners and scientists doing fundamental research who are confronted by growing challenges in transport. These challenges arise from a number of powerful socio-technical trends, including: digitalisation, globalisation, urbanisation, and the requirements of individual users and the increased need to reduce environmental impact of transport. Providing the innovations required to cope with these challenges is not a simple matter.

Towards Innovative Transport Systems structures and compiles theoretical foundations from evolutionary economics, the sociology of technology and innovation research in a way that provides a broad understanding of innovation processes without demanding prior knowledge. Using the Concept of Transport System Evolution (CTSE), it explains in depth the economics of innovation in the transport sector, thus contextualising processes, drivers and obstacles at work in current practice; among such processes are the changeover to electric mobility, the realization of autonomous cars, the revival of railway by innovations and dealing with disruptive innovations in transport. The CTSE is an approach to making concrete the multi-level perspective for the transport sector introduced by Frank Geels. On the basis of the CTSE, the author proposes principles for a novel innovation policy in transport that can serve the reader as a guide when making strategic decisions.


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Table of contents (5 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Transport Research, German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Berlin, Germany

    Stephan Müller

About the author

Dr Stephan Müller gained his PhD from Technical University Berlin in 2012, and then became a research associate at the German Aerospace Center, where he is currently employed. He has published numerous articles, several book contributions, and has spoken at various industrial, political and scientific events.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Towards Innovative Transport Systems

  • Book Subtitle: Evolution and Ground-Breaking Developments

  • Authors: Stephan Müller

  • Series Title: Lecture Notes in Intelligent Transportation and Infrastructure

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Engineering, Engineering (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-08571-0Published: 25 August 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-08574-1Published: 26 August 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-08572-7Published: 24 August 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2523-3440

  • Series E-ISSN: 2523-3459

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIII, 215

  • Number of Illustrations: 33 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Transportation Technology and Traffic Engineering, Industries, Business and Management, general

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