Information & Communication Technologies - Panacea for Traffic Congestion?

Deutsche Bank Research, Dept. of Economics Working Paper No. 43

12 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2004

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S. Heng

Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University

Date Written: December 11, 2002

Abstract

As road pricing, telematics and logistics evolve, information and communication technologies (ICT) aim directly at making traffic flow more efficiently in a given infrastructure. Furthermore, the virtual world gives rise to new business fields and decentralised structures which affect the development of transport indirectly. While technological progress continues to drive qualitative improvements in traffic conditions, e-business and telework in particular have, for structural reasons, a much less pronounced effect on traffic than widely presumed. ICT helps in organising traffic flows more efficiently and plays a supplementary role as transport-relevant instrument, but it is not a panacea for traffic congestion.

Keywords: Traffic, cogestion, Information technology, road pricing

JEL Classification: E22, K23, L92, O32, R4

Suggested Citation

Heng, Stefan, Information & Communication Technologies - Panacea for Traffic Congestion? (December 11, 2002). Deutsche Bank Research, Dept. of Economics Working Paper No. 43. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=550701 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.550701

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