The 20th century was all about the automobile as a personal tool for transportation.
The car did a great job but left us with many negative consequences, too.
It's time for self-driving, computer-guided "smart cars" that can help us with our transporation needs but with fewer side effects on our cities, neighborhoods, and lifestyles.
The New York Times' Nick Bilton has a great article about the current forecast for robocars:
"As scientists and car companies forge ahead — many expect self-driving cars to become commonplace in the next decade — researchers, city planners and engineers are contemplating how city spaces could change if our cars start doing the driving for us...
Imagine a city where you don’t drive in loops looking for a parking spot because your car drops you off and scoots off to some location to wait, sort of like taxi holding pens at airports. Or maybe it is picked up by a robotic minder and carted off with other vehicles, like a row of shopping carts.
Inner-city parking lots could become parks. Traffic lights could be less common because hidden sensors in cars and streets coordinate traffic. And, yes, parking tickets could become a rarity since cars would be smart enough to know where they are not supposed to be."
Read the full article (and don't miss the many great comments below also) here:
What do you think?
Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future for self-driving cars?
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