Future Ride

Future Ride (2013) by Peter Wayner is 80 short chapters pondering how self-driving cars could change the way we live.

Wayner looks at how ownership could change with many people using cars as taxis rather than owning them, how self-driving cars could enhance and hinder mass transport, how they should reduce drink driving, how they could alter roads to be smaller, how jobs will go in taxi driving and delivery, how parking could become a thing of the past and how they will change commuting.

The essays are all a few pages long and the book is thought provoking. Some of the ideas are odd, such as Wayner’s idea that showers and other really heavy items will appear in cars, but who knows, perhaps showing down I95 is the future for some people. The book is worth buying and reading for anyone who is interested in the future of transport. 

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