‘No parking here’ by Clive Thompson. Summary and Reflection

This is the revised blog entry for Clive Thompson’s article, ‘No parking here’. In this blog post, I observe the authors opinion about the advantages of transition of society from self – driven cars to smart vehicles.

The week’s article ‘No Parking Here’ by Clive Thompson introduced us to a concept of using self-driving vehicles and modern smartphone transport software instead of owning their own and the benefits that urban citizens will be gaining from such transition. The author observes the situation that contemporary drivers have to face while maintaining a car, as well all the negative externalities that come from it. Among the most conspicuous facts that the article gets us concerned about is the inefficiency of cars. It appears to be that today a car holder spends more time on average being stuck in a traffic or searching for a parking spot rather than actually travelling. That, of course, has a negative impact on the environment and puts pressure on the government to spoil the infrastructure by building countless inefficient parking lots, causing irrational management of urban space.

 Thus, the author states that increased use of self-driving vehicles service may be the most effective solution. I came to accept this viewpoint as the article presents us with some convincing facts that prove the author’s suggestion to be right. “A group of MIT scientists found out that if 50 percents of drivers in Boston – area switched to ride-sharing, one of the features of using smartphone driving services, it would reduce traffic congestion by 37 percent”, reducing the greenhouse emissions. I can also understand the authors perspective on the economic aspects of accelerating of smartphones use. Even though it may increase unemployment among taxi drivers, it will also free a lot of people from the dependence on volatile gas prices, which is an important part of a middle-class household’s income spending.

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