I’ve been following your blog for a while and I agree with most of the things that you are saying. I travel a lot and so I’m exposed to lots of rental vehicles and am increasingly unimpressed with all the new features. It wasn’t until you described ASS, that I realized that was actually a feature and not a bug, although I would debate the feature/bug aspect of it. I have no interest in purchasing any of these new vehicles. I drive an older car (’99 3000GT) and will probably continue to do so for some time. At least until I can’t get parts for it anymore. Just wanted to let you know that I enjoy your articles. Keep up the good fight.
My reply: New York City is to cars what the Vatican is to stag parties. So it doesn’t surprise me that the New York Times would talk up the end of cars; it’s already happened there. Most people who live there don’t own or drive cars, for the reasonable reason you can usually walk to where you’re going faster – and finding a place to park is all but impossible. Ride-sharing will work there for the same reason taxis work there. It just means cutting out the taxi driver and replacing him with software – in the case of automated cars.
But what sells in the city won’t sell elsewhere, especially the farther away you get from the city. The distances are too great; the wait too long – and that’s not even getting into the automated aspect, which also won’t work absent a technical miracle bordering on the magical.
This is a frenzy, like Orange Man Hatred and the EV Obsession. It is an affliction of elites in DC, LA and NY.
Unless they intend to go full Stalin – and exterminate us Kulaks – this is never going to fly. At least, not for a very long time.
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