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Car Evolution
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cat_sanctuary From: cat_sanctuary Date: July 29th, 2016 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

If people think it through, the collapse of industries that rely on exploitative marketing measures doesn't mean the collapse of capitalism. It *could* mean the collapse of *protectionism*--which is even better.

My grandparents expected the car craze to die before they did. Well, they were mistaken. I may be mistaken too, but I'd *love* to see big clunky gas-burners go out of style in my lifetime. Existing technology is ready for a new generation of transportation; cars-as-we-know-them are still viable only because people are accustomed to them. So, if GM is determined to commit suicide by greed, that might actually be a good thing.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 29th, 2016 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

The cars are only one symptom of how the American economy is coming apart at the seams.

I don't care if the companies self-destruct. I care that the decreasing availability and usability of private cars is not matched by an increase in public transportation, walkability, and ability to afford hiring a ride when necessary. This leaves many people with reduced ability to travel, including for necessities. Since neither the government nor the corporations care about citizens right now, I expect these problems to get worse instead of better.

Alternative transportation mostly consists of hybrid or electric cars, which are more expensive and less feasible to maintain, and only have the advantage of being smaller. Human-powered vehicles are primarily useful to those in good physical condition, not anyone with impaired health. While I'm in favor of these options, I don't expect them to solve the problems I raised regarding car evolution.
cat_sanctuary From: cat_sanctuary Date: July 29th, 2016 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

I feel the impatience--sorry the Rascal, Segway, Modo technology isn't moving fast enough for those who needed them to become the dominant vehicles yesterday!

(Modo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/modobag-world-s-first-motorized-rideable-luggage-travel-technology#/ )

We can visualize better than this. We could even build something better than this. Already. The science is there; the funds and infrastructure, not yet. I want slow-traffic lanes on every road.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 29th, 2016 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

That looks insanely uncomfortable to me. Ah well, another haggis shortage averted.
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