Transportation and the Internet

The diffusion of information and communications technologies (ICTs) has resulted in several economic and social impacts, especially for activities depending on information processing. This has in turn affected both the service and the manufacturing sectors. This entry examines how transportation networks intersect with ICTs, specific sites of impact (including personal, consumer, and business relations), and the impacts of ICTs on mobility.

The Transportation-Information Connection

Transportation is a service that requires and processes a large amount of information. For instance, transportation users make decisions about where and when to travel, which mode to use, and, if they are operating their own vehicle, which route to take. Inversely, the providers of transportation services must manage their assets, so that they effectively match the demand signals (information) sent by ...

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