Americans are waking from a long-cherished dream of car ownership, as driverless, autonomous vehicles become ubiquitous. Author Ed Finn, leader of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, envisions a world where personal travel amounts to a service contract accessing fleets of shared vehicles. He thinks car-centric businesses like dealerships, service shops, auto parts stores and car washes will be centralized, as urban planners re-imagine greener infrastructure. Such changes could result in less pollution and traffic congestion, but people will have to relinquish their love affairs with cars. This article will inspire anyone concerned with both the economic and social aspects of moving toward a greener future.
About the Author
Ed Finn runs the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University and is the author of What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing.