International Handbook on Mega-Projects
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International Handbook on Mega-Projects

Edited by Hugo Priemus and Bert van Wee

This comprehensive and accessible Handbook presents state-of-the-art research on the decision-making processes in the deliverance of mega-projects – large infrastructure projects for the transportation of people and/or goods.
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Chapter 19: Road vehicle automation: elephant in the infrastructure room

Richard Gilbert


The idiom ‘elephant in the room’ refers to an obvious truth, problem, challenge or risk that is being ignored. In this chapter’s title, the elephant is the progressive automation of the control of road vehicles. The ‘infrastructure room’ is the metaphorical space that contains academic and other discourse about transport infrastructure including mega-projects, discourse that has mostly not addressed the potential impacts of road vehicle automation.

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