The world of car insurances is about to change dramatically, Carlo van de Weijer writes. But this is not because of the growth in autonomous driving.
Carlo van de Weijer
The newly planned rail connection to the Northern part of the Netherlands, Lely Line, is expensive. The government has to add €75 per one-way trip. There are alternatives, says Carlo van de Weijer.
Range anxiety, a common feeling among drivers of electric cars, will soon be over for good, Carlo van de Weijer claims in his new column.
To improve safety for cyclists, we don't need a helmet obligation, Carlo van de Weijer says in his column. More and wider bicycle paths would be a better solution.
Elon Musk's achievements contribute a lot to a better mobile future. But that won't be a future with lots of robotaxis.
The traffic jams and full trains will probably return. But now that we have all learned that things can easily be done in a much smarter way, we, as a society, should stop thinking that's a bad thing.
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"You will have to be very sure that electric flying will not succeed to invest now in any other form of medium distance transport."
"For years, pedestrian bottlenecks have been insufficiently addressed by politicians. In urban areas, in particular, the capacity of the sidewalk and footpath has reached its limit."
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"The old top-down traffic management has changed into a self-managing system of well-informed individuals."
"For the time being, the choice is between fantastic software with clumsy hardware or fantastic hardware with clumsy software"
"Automation of cars requires that all sensors stay clean. Cameras, radars, infrared sensors, lidars, all have their own problems with insects, rain, frost, snow, or mud"
"People want less aviation, but are not planning to fly less. That sums it all up"
"The economic damage caused by the impact of new infrastructure to landscapes will outweigh the benefits of better accessibility"
"When it comes to our future prosperity, safety comes a long way before accessibility"
"We are approaching the point where driving becomes cheaper than public transport, not only for the government but also for the user."
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