No, Car Ownership Will Not Die

Last week, renowned technology journalist Kara Swisher published an op-ed in The New York Times claiming that car ownership was about to become an ancient memory, replaced by ride-hailing apps, car-sharing services, scooters, flying cars, and electric pogo sticks.

It’s a bold proclamation—one that’s sparked lots of discussion on both sides—but also one not likely to come true, at least beyond the context of urban living. As tempting as it is to trust her judgment—after all, she herself states she’s “pretty good at this guessing game”—her claims read more like those of a Silicon Valley visionary residing high in an ivory-tower, detached from the realities of not only how most Americans truly live, but also how many actually want to live. (Spoiler alert: We like cars.)