Re: [carfree_cities] Hard Drive
- Endless silliness and stupidity.
We've spent untold billions of dollars, devoted decades of research and the
entire professional lives of thousands of researchers, crafted model after
model and tested innumerable permutations of possible solutions to the
problem of congested urban auto traffic.
Total progress? None. At all. It's been getting steadily worse every day.
When, one is entiled to wonder, will it occur to these intellectual giants
that they never get good answers because they persist in asking the wrong
Ishi, California's "last wild Indian," was perplexed and amused at much of
western technology. Generally, it seemed to him to be more trouble than it
was worth. He thought Europeans were "clever children."
He did approve of matches, though.
Dawson sent us:
> April 2001 Los Angeles Magazine
> Imagine a traffic jam. It is ten o'clock on a Thursday evening and you
> are stuck somewhere on the south face of the Sepulveda Pass, stuck behind
> what must be the mother of all accidents.
- The long article is intended to show that people need to be replaced as
but only on the parts of the road system that the most efficient
cyclists and walkers -- are banned (but, then, that requires drivers
emerge from their vehicles until they exit the freeways).
The vision of automated highways is not costed out; we are only assure
are plenty of pent-up demand for driving: further, faster,
"frequenter." It is
assumed that there is no higher state than traveling from one place to
occupying a footprint a thousand times larger than if one traveled by
foot. Is a
car trip more valuable or more important than a foot trip?
What it inadvertently shows is how much of today's road system is based
understanding about the behaviour of drivers, individually and
And the remark that the computer running the hundreds of thousands of
cars that their drivers turned over to is control will need to make sure
the driver is ready to re-assume control as it nears the driver's
prefered exist ramps suggests that, if the driver is not ready, the
computer would just keep the car on the road until he/she responds.
That could be forever, if the driver died; it would turn the freeway
system into portable cemetaries. Los Angeles would be the appropriate
place to have the world's first.
- Chris Bradshaw wrote:
>And the remark that the computer running the hundreds of thousands ofOr at least until it ran out of gas, then what?
>cars that their drivers turned over to is control will need to make sure
>the driver is ready to re-assume control as it nears the driver's
>prefered exist ramps suggests that, if the driver is not ready, the
>computer would just keep the car on the road until he/she responds.
>That could be forever,
>if the driver died; it would turn the freewayDrivers wanted? Dawson
>system into portable cemetaries. Los Angeles would be the appropriate
>place to have the world's first.