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Connections: are cars in America reaching the end of the road?



Since the 1980s, car culture has triumphed and we now drive more miles than ever before – but are we reaching the end of that road?

That’s the question posed in a new book from author Dan Albert, who writes, “Fewer young people are learning to drive. Ride hailing is replacing car buying, and with electrification a long and noble tradition of amateur car repair―to say nothing of the visceral sound of gasoline exploding inside a big V8―will come to an end. When a robot takes over the driver’s seat, what’s to become of us?” 

Albert’s book is called Are We There Yet? The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless. We’ll discuss what the future holds for an America that has seen the automobile as part of its cultural fabric.

Guests: Dan Albert and Howard Decker, architect and board member of the Community Design Center of Rochester.

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.