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Owning a Car Will Soon Be as Quaint as Owning a Horse

THE SHIFT AWAY FROM PRIVATE VEHICLES WILL HAPPEN FASTER THAN WE THINK.

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Kenneth Li
Media and Telecoms Editor at Reuters

If I take uber every day, it will still be cheaper than owning a car. As much as I live driving, it's clear my young son will never know what it means to drive.

Veda Cook
Founder and CEO at Pine (Stealth tech company)

Car ownership is insane -- many people go into serious debt to purchase a rapidly-depreciating asset that is at high risk of theft and accidents.

Outside of urban areas, though, it's still a sad requirement that you must own a car. It's unclear how soon autonomous cars will finally take over (I think most news coverage is far too optimistic), but when it does, car ownership will most likely collapse within years.

John Gray
Former Banker Risk Management

If you live in an environment with convenient transit and lots of shopping you don't need a car.

Most of us don't live there. There is no transit ,you can't walk to shop in short you can't go anywhere.

The loss of private vehicles would cut us off from the national parks, the beaches the small towns in effect the entire country.

We would also lose the freedom of meandering just because we can and the freedom of choice because we would be limited in our choices of theaters restaurants unless we all live in a city like New York. I like New York but I don't want to live there.

Calvin Yee
Egon Zehnder

TV is still around & car ownership will continue... We were also suppose to operate in paperless offices as I recall

Matt Wallaert
Chief Behavioral Officer at Clover Health

I like and respect @karaswisher but this headline is ridiculous. 97% of the land mass of America is rural and 20% of the population lives there. It isn’t just “easier” for urban dwellers; tech companies actively cater to them. Even autonomous driving is focused on the urban market, instead of relieving the many hours of driving that rural Americans spend just to get basics like groceries.

To call them quaint is the worst kind of snobbery. That’s like saying people who don’t have broadband are choosing slow internet, as opposed to dealing with access issues. If Kara and the NYT want to expedite the transition off car ownership, perhaps they could advocate for the infrastructure and technology investments that would unlock it for 20% of people?