Skip to main content
  • Book
  • © 2018

Three Revolutions

Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future


  • Offers specific policy recommendations for successfully integrated shared mobility, automated, and electric vehicles

  • Authored by transportation expert Dan Sperling with contributions from seven leading researchers, academics, and practitioners

  • Explores the positive and negative outcomes that could come from transportation revolutions

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Will the Transportation Revolutions Improve Our Lives—or Make Them Worse?

    • Daniel Sperling, Susan Pike, Robin Chase
    Pages 1-20
  3. Vehicle Automation: Our Best Shot at a Transportation Do-Over?

    • Daniel Sperling, Ellen van der Meer, Susan Pike
    Pages 77-108
  4. Upgrading Transit for the Twenty-First Century

    • Steven E. Polzin, Daniel Sperling
    Pages 109-129
  5. Bridging the Gap between Mobility Haves and Have-Nots

    • Anne Brown, Brian D. Taylor
    Pages 131-150
  6. Remaking the Auto Industry

    • Levi Tillemann
    Pages 151-166
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 297-308

About this book

For the first time in half a century, real transformative innovations are coming to our world of passenger transportation. The convergence of new shared mobility services with automated and electric vehicles promises to significantly reshape our lives and communities for the better—or for the worse.
The dream scenario could bring huge public and private benefits, including more transportation choices, greater affordability and accessibility, and healthier, more livable cities, along with reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The nightmare scenario could bring more urban sprawl, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and unhealthy cities and individuals.

In Three Revolutions, transportation expert Dan Sperling, along with seven other leaders in the field, share research–based insights on potential public benefits and impacts of the three transportation revolutions. They describe innovative ideas and partnerships, and explore the role government policy can play in steering the new transportation paradigm toward the public interest—toward our dream scenario of social equity, environmental sustainability, and urban livability.
Many factors will influence these revolutions—including the willingness of travelers to share rides and eschew car ownership; continuing reductions in battery, fuel cell, and automation costs; and the adaptiveness of companies. But one of the most important factors is policy.
Three Revolutions offers policy recommendations and provides insight and knowledge that could lead to wiser choices by all. With this book, Sperling and his collaborators hope to steer these revolutions toward the public interest and a better quality of life for everyone.


  • Transportation Revolutions
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Shared Mobility
  • Vehicle Automation
  • Upgrading Transit
  • Auto Industry
  • landscape/regional and urban planning
  • climate change

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of California, Davis, Davis, USA

    Daniel Sperling

About the editor

Dr. Daniel Sperling is the Blue Planet Prize Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy and founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS–Davis) at the University of California, Davis. He has held the transportation seat on the California Air Resources Board since 2007 (appointed by Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown) and served as Chair of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies in 2015-16. Among his many prizes are the 2013 Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation for being "a pioneer in opening up new fields of study to create more efficient, low-carbon, and environmentally beneficial transportation systems." He served twice as lead author for the IPCC (sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), has testified 7 times to the U.S. Congress, and provided 40 keynote presentations in the past five years. He has authored or coauthored over 250 technical papers and 12 books; is widely cited in leading newspapers; has been interviewed many times on NPR, including Science FridayTalk of the Nation, and Fresh Air; and in 2009 was featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Bibliographic Information