After the Car Pdf Book
It is difficult to imagine a world without the car, and yet that isexactly what Dennis and Urry set out to do in this provocative newbook. They argue that the days of the car are numbered: powerfulforces around the world are undermining the car system and willusher in a new transport system sometime in the next few decades.Specifically, the book examines how several major processes areshaping the future of how we travel, including:
• Global warming and its many global consequences
• Peaking of oil supplies
• Increased digitisation of many aspects of economic andsocial life
• Massive global population increases
The authors look at changes in technology, policy, economy andsociety, and make a convincing argument for a future where, bynecessity, the present car system will be re-designed andre-engineered.
Yet the book also suggests that there are some hugely bleakdilemmas facing the twenty first century. The authors lay out whatthey consider to be possible ‘post-car’ futurescenarios. These they describe as ‘localsustainability’, ‘regional warlordism’ and‘digital networks of control’.
After The Car will be of great interest to planners,policy makers, social scientists, futurologists, those working inindustry, as well as general readers.
Some have described the 20th Century as the century of the car.Now that century has come to a close – and things are aboutto change.