For those of you who didn't attend Bill Mitchell's lecture, you missed out... He introduced his research for the city car being developed at MIT. I really sustainable solution to transportation within cities. A few comments (or problems) I had with his lecture are:
- He mentioned the implemenation of this vehicle could advocate for more people to move to cities, creating a more dense population.... I guess in theory that sounds good because it would create a smaller footprint for a larger portion of population, but many other problems would be introduced if cities continued to grow.
- There is an inherent problem with these being owned by the public at-large... people want to own things and assert there status. With the use of bikes (as he mentioned is currently being done in Paris) this seems less important than with a motorized vehicle... so I feel that argument was flawed.
- I honestly think these would be better utilized in suburbia to supply transportation TO the city (not within it)...
- I wonder how safe these are? He mentioned no safety was "compromised" in the design, but what does that really mean?
Anyway, for the most part I thought this was a really cool idea and would love to see them utilized in the near future.