This article in The Atlantic Cities compares the car to older technologies such as the steamboat.  At one point, it may have been hard to picture a society without these vessels, which played a huge role in the transportation of freight in the 1800’s.  However, thanks to technological developments since then, the steamboat has become all but obsolete.  Thus, it may be difficult to imagine a world where the car does not play such a central role, but current “socio-technical transitions” may indicate that we are already on the road (no pun intended) to a different sort of transportation future.

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