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Travel information systems of the past – and of the future

Published Apr 09, 2014

Carlos Cano Viktorsson presents his licentiate thesis 14 April 2014.

Carlos Cano Viktorsson

In recent years there has been an increased focus on facilitating sustainable travel through internet-based public information services. So called “smart services”, provided through websites and mobile apps, can help users to make well-informed travel decisions. The belief is that such services can increase the overall efficiency and sustainability of the overall transportation system.

Cano Viktorsson broadens the perspective regarding this development by describing two historical case studies within recent Swedish history. His case studies concerning Stockholm’s local traffic radio of the 1970s and onwards together with the more recent Swedish internet service “” demonstrate that socio-technical systems rely on a broad set of factors in order to succeed (and survive). He identifies adaptive design and management such as organizing collective intelligence as a contributing factor for success.

Cano Viktorsson also addresses the role of media use and technologies for the development of future travel planners. Given the possibilities of social media and real-time data provisioning, he expects better means of making visible the effects of one's travel choices. These changes in media practice may in turn support a more reflexive governance of the transport system that may lead towards a sustainable transition. 

Licentiate seminar

14 april, 10.00, Room E3, Osquars backe 14, KTH main building
Supervisor: Professor Anders Gullberg, Opponent: Professor Oskar Juhlin

Licentiate thesis

Cano Viktorsson, Carlos (2014)  From Vision to Transition: Exploring the Potential for Public Information Services to Facilitate Sustainable Urban Transport .  Licentiate thesis. KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

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