Autonomy for Whom? Towards Understanding Socio-spatial Implications of Emerging Autonomous Vehicle Technologies
This half-thesis takes the form of a research proposal for a project which seeks to understand why Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) have emerged in the second decade of the 21st century, and to examine why their materialization at this time is important from a socio-spatial perspective. It is comprised of five (5) sections. Firstly, an introduction which outlines the topic and defines the scope of the half thesis. Secondly, a statement of the research problem which provides background information, explains the central problematic, and states how this research project seeks to address the research problem. Thirdly, a substantive literature review which overviews and critiques existing literature on the topic, identifies knowledge gaps in the field, and explains how this proposed research seeks to help fill specific gaps. Fourthly, a conceptual framework which overviews which theories will be used to link empirical data to broader analytical schools of thought, and provides a justification for these choices. Finally, a research design which explains the chosen research methods for data collection and analysis, and provides a rationale for these methods.