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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.



America’s car culture still defines daily lives, and drives the country’s economy – but times are changing.

The automobile represents the thriving heart of many communities, which are currently designed around individual car ownership by planners, politicians and business owners. Autonomous, driverless vehicles challenge that dynamic, disrupting an established system of cultural norms.

Future vehicles will be designed for utility, not people.

Phoenix, Arizona citizens can already schedule driverless car rides, as testing of such systems continues apace. In the future...

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