Code, vehicles and governmentality: The automatic production of driving spaces (NIRSA) Working Paper Series. No.29
Dodge, Martin and Kitchin, Rob (2006) Code, vehicles and governmentality: The automatic production of driving spaces (NIRSA) Working Paper Series. No.29. NIRSA - National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis.
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. We argue that these new systems change the governmentality of automobilities by altering the relationship between driver, vehicle and transport infrastructure. 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. We illustrate our argument with examples predominately drawn from the UK and US, though the technologies we discuss are increasingly being developed and implemented throughout Western countries and beyond.
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