The automatic management of drivers and driving spaces

Dodge, Martin and Kitchin, Rob (2007) The automatic management of drivers and driving spaces. Geoforum, 38. pp. 264-275. ISSN 0016-7185

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In this paper we examine the development and implementation of new technical systems designed to more effectively manage and produce driving, drivers and driving spaces. These new systems change the governmentality of automobilities by altering the relationship between driver, vehicle and transport infrastructure and produce new subjects and spaces. They do this principally through the process of automation, creating a system of regulation that we term ‘automated management’. Automated management consists of two interlocking sets of regulatory technologies: automated surveillance that seeks to enforce more effective (self)disciplining and capture systems that actively reshape activity. We argue that these work together to alter the automobilities landscape creating new socio-spatial arrangements with respect to access, movement, flow, and behaviour. Some of these arrangements are benign and empowering to individuals, others enhance the power of state and corporations. We illustrate our argument with examples predominately drawn from the UK, though the technologies we discuss are increasingly being developed and implemented throughout Western countries and beyond.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Preprint version of original article. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keywords: automobile; software; surveillance; space; transport;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 2750
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2006.08.004
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 14:25
Journal or Publication Title: Geoforum
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: No

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