There was a huge environmental challenge (PDF) – a challenge so big that some thought that if nothing were done, it would be a disaster for humanity. Disease and foul air were some of the byproducts of a mobility solution that often resulted in a messy gridlock in the urban areas. In rural areas, the natural ecosystem was altered to provide fuel to feed the engines of transport. And, this mobility solution was a killing machine with a per capita death rate in Chicago seven times greater than its replacement. For decades, experts couldn’t agree on a solution.
Then, seemingly out of nowhere, a technological innovation came along that changed everything; and it changed everything in a short period.
With the advent of autonomy, always on connectivity, electrification and sharing, is the transport system poised for a similar revolution?