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Keywords:

  • mobile methods;
  • automobility;
  • non-verbal;
  • video;
  • audio;
  • methodology;
  • driving

Abstract

Personal transport choices are under increased government scrutiny as private cars are attributed with exacerbating carbon emissions. This paper appraises the value of mobile methodologies for researching transport choices through paying closer attention to life-on-the-move. Drawing on key debates within geography regarding the ‘new’ mobilities paradigm that challenge ideas which render drivers as lifeless, this paper illustrates the merits and challenges of designing a project that embraced mobile methodologies to explore the unwilled and unforeseen aspects of driving. Examples are drawn from a project conducted in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.