Automated and connected? Smartphones and automobility through the global south

Sarah Pink, Alex Gomes, Renata Zilse, Rosamaria Lucena, Jananda Pinto, Angelica Porto, Camille Caminha, Geraldina Maria De Siqueira, Mariana Duarte De Oliveira

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In this article, we propose a research agenda that re-thinks the future of automated and connected automobilities through the prism of the global south. Dominant English language discourses about future automobilities focus on purported benefits and dangers of the growing levels of automation and connectedness
associated with the introduction of autonomous driving vehicles in the global north. We argue that in a context of global inequalities and diversity these narratives need to be redefined. In doing so, we draw on our research into car–smartphone configurations in Brazilian commuting experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-70
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Mobilities
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • automobility
  • smartphones
  • global south
  • automation and connectivity
  • autonomous driving
  • futures

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