Article Title: How Self-Driving Cars Could Ruin the American City
This is a fascinating (but long) read. The author of the passage is sharing his experience of self-driving cars. He describes his visits to Google and his experiences with the self-driving cars. Searching for a metaphor to define these cars, the author comes with an expression: the self-driving car is an equivalent of a highway.
The author delves into three reasons with respect to the evolution of these cars and how these cars can solve problems:
– deaths caused by negligent driving
– wasted spaces in cities (by virtue of single driver cars)
– amount of money spent on cars
The author then discusses (with mention of others) how automobile industry needs a transformation and how these cars can come into the picture. The author mentions how these problems can be solved with these self-driving cars. He then introduces a note of caution and how these cars can become a problem in themselves. Then the author delves into possible scenarios and how these cars can be efficiently used to solve transportation related problems. Overall, the passage discusses a wide variety of issues and if not anything else, think about the future.
Words to learn from this Article:
Echolocation: Determining the location of something by measuring the time it takes for an echo to return from it
Tedious: So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
Autonomous: Existing as an independent entity/ not controlled by outside forces
Fleets: Group of motor vehicles operating together under the same ownership
Unambiguous: Having or exhibiting a single clearly defined meaning
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