Driving a car, rethought

Okay, I see why driving is a really great thing to do. At the latest motor shows, there are always vehicles on display that outdo each other in terms of beauty. Having your own car is a ticket to freedom, especially for young people, and in fact it can be fun to find out what you can expect from a 20-year-old polo on a car-free country road. Nevertheless, I have to disagree with my esteemed colleague rabea grafe: a future without cars sounds like an excellent idea to me.

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future with the car: we have to rethink.

Even the biggest advocates of the internal combustion engine should be aware by now that the engine capacity mania of bygone days is over, and that even the gasoline engine itself is unlikely to have a future for too long. Together with the shift to alternative drives, not only analysts but now also the first car manufacturers see a fundamental change in the car industry, which should also bring about a rethink of traditional car ownership. Polestar, a volvo brand, for example, wants to offer its polestar 1 in a kind of subscription model that makes the driver not the owner but the user of a vehicle. The advantage: after the subscription period, you return your car and, if you want, you get a new one. In financial emergencies, you could cancel your subscription without worrying about selling your car or having to continue paying taxes and insurance. more and more car owners are realizing this and renting out their own cars to reduce their costs and use the time their car is sitting uselessly on the road.

mass transit as a solution for a car-free future?

Have you talked to anyone about driving lately?? if so, it was probably about one of these topics: you couldn’t find a parking space, your car cost you your shirt, or all other drivers are insane psychopaths who should all be locked up. In fact, the number of coercive offenses on the road has been on the rise for decades. this is mainly due to the ever increasing number of cars on german roads, because if you want to reach a destination, other drivers are more of a hindrance and therefore a stress factor. If you take the subway for half an hour in the morning, you have the opportunity to have breakfast and get more done before the start of the working day than any car driver. Nevertheless, it has to be acknowledged that public transport in many places is at least in need of major expansion.

Is the electric car viable for the future??

The electric motor is coming. There can (almost) no longer be any doubt about it. However, manufacturers such as tesla, VW and co. A fundamentally important fact that massively hinders the use of electric cars: a large proportion of all potential car drivers live in cities and do not have access to their own parking space. So where to charge the stromer? I can hardly imagine that there are electric car owners who would throw a cable drum from the seventh floor to be able to charge their car overnight.

There are many possible solutions to this problem, and one sounds more fantastic than the other. There’s talk of electric roads that charge cars by induction, or small, autonomous vehicles with massive batteries that drive through the streets at night, docking with parked electric cars. Sounds like science fiction, but it’s more like fantasy. The most sensible solution would probably be a fleet of electric cars that customers can pick up at a charging station, similar to a bus stop, and that can find their way back there autonomously after parking. These autonomous vehicles could even be ordered to your doorstep. This would eliminate the need to go to the charging station, and even rural areas could be supplied with cars "on-demand".

Can we still afford cars in the future??

Driving is getting more expensive and more expensive. What our parents still took for granted is almost a luxury for children of the 1990s, and fewer and fewer people are willing to afford it. No one will have to give up driving in the future either. But a rethink of traditional car ownership is urgently needed. As rabea grafe so aptly pointed out, "we are not soothsayers," but the prospect of cleaner, quieter city centers and better public transportation is well worth the sacrifice of owning a car.

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