4-wheeled future

Posted Saturday, Jul. 13, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Ben Wear’s opinion on July 11 (See: “Are cars a passing fad?”) speculates that the downward trend toward fewer miles driven by all of us may only be due to the recession.

My prediction, partly due to my recent purchase of the total electric Tesla S automobile, is that more miles will be driven in mid-America.

Even 20 years from now, our homes will still be spread out, making public transportation desirable but inefficient. The convenience of getting into a vehicle and arriving at your destination will be difficult to change. Imagine an electric vehicle with automatic controls that takes you to a programmed destination while you read the newspaper.

The automatic controls on vehicles will allow vehicles to run 70mph, almost bumper to bumper, on freeways, doubling or even tripling the number of vehicles on the road. Stop lights will be programmed to improve efficiency. All this will reduce the need for highways with more lanes. It is all technically possible right now.

— Jim Beckman,

Fort Worth

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