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

Aug 23, 2019

 

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.