Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for June 20, 2018

In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup

–New Yorkers are ditching the subway for Uber—
–China builds solar roads—
–UK cities wants gas cars to end earlier

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NMA Car of the Future Story of the Week

Stop Trying to Get Workers Out of Their Cars
Alas, there are inherent flaws in the “smart growth” approach—beginning with the idea that it makes sense for everyone to live and work in the same small area. In fact, that idea flies in the face of what economists call urban agglomeration. Urban agglomeration is why there are more jobs in and around big cities. Job seekers have access to a large number of potential employers, which increases each person’s likelihood of finding one that can make the best use of her unique talents and skills. The same is true for business owners, who have a much better chance of finding people in a large populous urban area who match their needs.

New Yorkers Are Ditching the Subway for Uber, Study Shows
Half of New Yorkers who use ride-hailing apps said they ordered a ride instead of taking public transit, a new city report says.

Report Claims Self-driving Cars Will Make So Much Money, No One Will Care about Employment Losses
There’s been plenty of discussion about how autonomous vehicles will effectively annihilate the trucking and taxi industries. We’ve certainly discussed it — in addition to concerns that self-driving vehicles may not reduce pollution and traffic congestion as promised. Fear not, claims a recent report sponsored by Securing America’s Future Energy. The problem of self-driving cars displacing huge numbers workers is apparently overblown when compared to the economic impact as a whole. According to the study — “America’s Workforce and the Self-Driving Future” — the loss in employment opportunities should be offset by the potential advantages in safety, cheaper transportation, mobility, air quality, and individual productivity.

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