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About the Author

Peter Wayner writes frequently on technology for publications like the New York Times, InfoWorld, Wired and others. He is the author of more than a dozen books on topics like digital cash, privacy-enhancing technology, and open source software.

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  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484123336
  • Publication Date: July 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DUDE3TI
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A veteran journalist, Peter Wayner writes frequently for the New York Times, Infoworld, Wired, Car & Driver and numerous other publications. He wrote more than 15 books on a wide range of topics, including how technology is changing the economy, and our lives. He is often found in the audience of the theater and backstage where the magic begins.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sien on September 20, 2013
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Future Ride (2013) by Peter Wayner is 80 short chapters pondering how self-driving cars could change the way we live.

Wayner looks at how ownership could change with many people using cars as taxis rather than owning them, how self-driving cars could enhance and hinder mass transport, how they should reduce drink driving, how they could alter roads to be smaller, how jobs will go in taxi driving and delivery, how parking could become a thing of the past and how they will change commuting.

The essays are all a few pages long and the book is thought provoking. Some of the ideas are odd, such as Wayner's idea that showers and other really heavy items will appear in cars, but who knows, perhaps showering down I95 is the future for some people. The book is worth buying and reading for anyone who is interested in the future of transport.
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"Future Ride" makes no claims of omniscience, but the slim volume make this much clear: The transition to autonomous vehicles may be the most important change to motoring since asphalt began taking covering dirt roads in the 1930s.

It can all happen, Peter Wayner assures us, but only if we make some important and -- in many cases -- difficult choices first.

Full disclosure: I'm a friend of the author and read an early draft. I have not made and will not make a penny from it.

Wayner covers a panoply of opportunities and risks in 80 chapters, almost all of which are just two or three pages long. Yet brevity in this case hardly equals superficiality. Nearly every chapter leaves the reader with numerous issues to ponder. No matter; as Wayner puts it, when it come to transport, we may all soon be as wealthy as Scrooge McDuck.

Some examples:

* Current designs suppose that all autonomous cars will know where all the others are. Stipulate that, and traffic jams all but disappear.
* Intelligent networks will allow for sharing on a massive scale. With time, most people will have no need for their own cars; why buy when the network will allocate you an auto in a matter of minutes for a very small fee?
* Self-driving cars will make not just for dramatically reduced traffic jams but much faster travel times -- and speeds.
* Car networks could -- and almost certainly should -- charge higher rates during times of peak congestion to encourage ride sharing.
* Drunk driving will simply go away.
* Streets could be much narrower and parking lots tiny compared to today.
* Distinctions between private and public transit could blur, even to the point of making traditional buses and money-sucking rail systems obsolete.
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I was disappointed . I had expected a significant amount of detailed information related to the implications of the technology that will result in future cars driving themselves. This book gave a "shotgun" pattern of estimates and prognostications that, while likely to be accurate, lacked significant supporting research and bibliographic notations. My expectation for this book was unfulfilled.
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By Mahree on March 9, 2014
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What if? Almost anything is possible. Cars can affect our daily lives. Imaginative and thought provoking. Change is on the horizon every second.
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By Amazon Customer on November 10, 2013
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Very interesting read. Covers all the possibilities of what will happen as transportation advances. I think the arthor is a little too hung up on his fleet system but he still covers all other avenues as well. Can't recommend this book enough
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