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Automotive regions in transition: preparing for connected and automated vehicles

Michaela Trippl, Simon Baumgartinger-Seiringer, Elena Goracinova and David A. Wolfe

PEGIS from Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Abstract: The advent of ‘connected and automated vehicles’ (C/AV) is posing substantial transformation challenges on traditional automotive regions across the world. This paper seeks to examine both conceptually and empirically how automotive regions reconfigure their industrial and support structures to promote new path development in the C/AV field. Drawing on recent conceptual advances at the intersection of evolutionary economic geography and innovation system studies, we develop an analytical framework that casts light on how regional preconditions provide platforms for asset modification that underpin different routes of transformation. We distinguish between a reorientation route and an upgrading route. The framework is applied to a comparative analysis of industrial path development and system reconfiguration towards C/AV in two automotive regions, namely Ontario (Canada) and the Austrian automotive triangle.

Keywords: regional restructuring; new path development; asset modification; innovation system reconfiguration; connected and automated vehicles (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O33 R11 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 22 pages
Date: 2020
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-ino, nep-tid and nep-ure
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