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Autonomous Driving and the Transformation of Car Cultures

Jutta Weber and Fabian Kröger

self-driving cars—a promise made by the manufacturers and echoed in journalistic and popular culture discourse—rekindles the old familiar logic of a “technological fix”: technology is understood mainly as a tool to shape the social in a one

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Craig Horner

Automobility in the United Kingdom in the period before the First World War moved from irrelevance and ridicule to a normalized leisure activity. With particular reference to the magazines Punch and Motor, this article argues that this process was hastened by middle- and lower-middle-class consumers' receptivity to the automobile and motorcycle, particularly in the period after 1905 when a tolerable mechanical reliability had been achieved. By buying second-hand, and taking short trips and camping weekends, the self-driving, car-owning “modest motorist“ undermined the formal, club-based network of elite motorists and created their own distinct cultural model.

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Media Ecologies of Autonomous Automobility

Gendered and Racial Dimensions of Future Concept Cars

Julia M. Hildebrand and Mimi Sheller

The “premediation” 1 of self-driving vehicles as an almost inevitable future is in full swing, with repeated reports and opinion pieces as well as academic research concerned with the potential technical, legal, political, and social

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Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder

winging our way to work or using a limitless energy resource anytime soon, autonomous vehicle projects now abound. Numerous “self-driving” vehicle ventures are underway, from university-organized start-ups to large-scale corporate programs. Tesla is

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Masculinity and Autonomous Vehicles

A Degendered or Resegregated Future System of Automobility?

Dag Balkmar and Ulf Mellström

systems still be overwhelmingly male dominated, or can we anticipate emancipatory openings with regard to gender equality? As automobility changed mobility patterns and systems of transportation fundamentally in the twentieth century, self-driving cars are

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Combustion, Hydraulic, and Other Forms of Masculinity

An Essay Exploring Dominant Values and Representations of the Driver in Driverless Technology

Sarah Redshaw

of human drivers. Google cars have been involved in eleven accidents in six years, and none were the fault of the driverless cars. This has prompted headlines showing skepticism for driverless cars like “Google Blames Humans for Self-Driving Car Crash

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From the Auto-mobile to the Driven Subject?

Discursive Assertions of Mobility Futures

Katharina Manderscheid

vision that industry, academia, and the public sector pursue to address challenges of driver car traffic (in particular, road safety), fuel consumption, and urban space use and congestion. 2 The expected introduction of autonomous or self-driving cars

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Michael K. Bess, David Lipset, Kudzai Matereke, Stève Bernardin, Katharine Bartsch, Harry Oosterhuis, Samuel Müller, Frank Schipper, Benjamin D’Harlingue and Katherine Roeder

a well-informed contribution to the debate on self-driving cars that aims to demystify automated driving. The book focuses on engineering challenges regarding technological solutions and implementation that shall be beneficial in terms of traffic

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Beth Gutelius, Janet Gibson, Dhan Zunino Singh, Steven J. Gold, Alexandra Portmann, Peter Cox, Rudi Volti, Adrian Drummond-Cole and Steven D. Spalding

before” (179). The key innovations described in some detail include the production of more fuel-efficient cars and changes in the kinds of fuel that they use, the wider use of electric cars, and self-driving vehicles. Also of considerable significance are