June 01, 2018 Feature

The Uneven Rise of Autonomous Vehicles and the Isolation of Rural America

By Adam Brumage

When futurists and technology business spokespersons speak of self-driving cars, it is usually in terms of a rosy future where no one need drive ever again. They conjure strangely empty city streets with shiny glass-walled RoboTaxis moving about. They invoke images of luxury mobile offices for the on-the-go businessman and family trips with everyone gathered around a table as they are chauffeured to the ski resort for a healthy day’s outing. These pictures are all very Disney with hints of The Jetsons and may happen eventually, but the interim reality will be very different.

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