@Tel @Aleums That's why I've always hated all this self-driving car bullshit. First, we're over 15 years away from autonomous cars. Second, bumper to bumper going at 100kph, 4 lanes of autonomous vehicles wouldn't even come close to the capacity of 1 train at 4 minute intervals. For the price of autonomous research (which is tax payer subsidized) we could literally just put rails in the street for individual autonomous rail transport.
I wrote a whole post on it:
@Hyolobrika @Aleums electric cars may be strictly better for fossil fuel emissions by moving the power generation to power plants with here efficiency, but they still require elements mined in extremely destructive ways, in countries that get couped by the US on the orders of companies like Tesla.
But these memes are concerned with congestion which is not helped by electric or self driving cars and it's in fact exacerbated by them. That's all.
@Hyolobrika @Aleums one of"features" touted by self driving car companies is that the car will drive around the block while waiting for you so you don't have to pay for parking. And they'll come pick you up from places. So instead of the road being full of mostly empty cars it will be full of entirely empty cars
Besides classical line based public transportation is not standing, also moves with no passengers. Whereas autonomous cars can go wherever they are needed. Instead most cars are standing and falling apart quite soon these days. And those materials you talk about can be recycled already with a rate of more than 90% today instead of being taking from the earth all the time like fossil fuels; there still is quite some room for improvement.
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