Imagine how many more cars could use the road if cars all travelled bumper-to-bumper, full speed all the way!
Existing roads could transport many times more cars than they transport right now, moving more people than if the whole width of the road were given over to bus lanes and bike lanes. Images like this…
…would be interpreted quite differently, for no longer would we even know the concept of cars stuck in traffic. In the public imagination, roads would be like giant conveyors.
If by chance you have been fooled by propaganda promoting self-driving cars as a good thing for pedestrian and bicyclist safety, it’s time you asked yourself why auto makers are investing in this technology. To increase the safety of those not buying from them? Of course not.
What they’re doing is guarding their bogus claim upon public space. They see public transport and bicycling lobbies winning more space and more patrons with arguments based on the movement of people to jobs and to shops. Autonomous cars are their counter offensive. They’re hiding behind companies like google and pay-pal that have already insinuated themselves into our lives, while at the same time wowing us all with gee-wiz technology. What they’re not showing us is what it might feel like travelling to work on a giant conveyor…
or what it might be like crossing that road or trying to ride a bike there: like putting your fingers into a fan.