Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Has the automobile jumped the shark?

I'll start by saying I really enjoy the automobile, but C'mon Son!

It has 24 speakers, two 12.3 inch high resolution displays, hot stone massage chairs, 156 buttons and switches, and built in perfume dispenser. What I am describing is not a man cave, home theater, nor a boutique spa, it is the 2014 Mercedes Benz S Class.


Has the driving experience in urban areas gotten that bad? Infotainment systems that allow drivers to receive audible updates from Facebook, Twitter, and email  have gone too far. Instead of numbing ourselves to the congestion around us let's relieve the congestion. Get out of the car and on a bike.

With the recent resurgence of the utility bike in the U.S. we have to question the value of the car for city dwellers. Automakers know the jig is up when they are installing an entire living room of technology for driver access on the road. According to the NHTS survey of 2009 the average car trip for shopping and errands is 6.75 miles, totally bike worthy. With in 7 miles of home the bike should be your first transportation option.

Do you think car technology has gotten out of hand? Where does the bike fit into your transportation toolbox?

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