December 27, 2016

NOR THE DRIVERS (self-reference alert):

Automakers Prepare for an America That's Over the Whole Car Thing (NEAL E. BOUDETTE, DEC. 22, 2016, NY Times)

FOR decades, automakers have been able to count on a fundamental fact of American life: You pretty much need a car to get around.

But lately, novel technologies, including ride-hailing services like Uber and advances in self-driving cars, are creating new alternatives for commuting, shuttling children and going to the store -- particularly in urban settings.

There are also demographic and economic trends in play. Many younger Americans do not consider owning a car a goal or necessity -- or a necessary expense. So carmakers are looking ahead to a day when the automobile plays a smaller role, or even no role at all, in many people's daily routines.

We used Uber for the first time this weekend and it was indistinguishable from magic.

Posted by at December 27, 2016 5:30 PM

  

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