Urbification: Taking the sub out of Calif. suburbs

Walking. Bicycling. Alternatives to Driving Everywhere. Social justice. Alternatives to suburban boredom and waste. And the infrastructure and technology needed to get there.

Monday, January 27, 2003

Ford's Model U is a tiny, tiny baby step. Here are some other things the motor vehicle industry, in conjunction with transportation agencies, ought to be doing:

1. Make automobiles that can magnetically "click" together to achieve greater fuel economy and reduce traffic conflicts.
2. Provide auto-sense overrides in vehicles that implement collision detection and avoidance. Please, don't use Windows software!
3. Provided that the first two conditions are met, then and only then give drivers the ability to take their eyes off the road so they can use all the gadgets they're now carrying around with them. Otherwise, sound alarms if the drivers' eyes are wandering down to their passenger seats or dashboards.

I'm not anti-car. I'm anti-personal-mobility-that-kills-pedestrians-and-bicyclists by design of the vehicle and the roadway. There's a big difference.

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