After the Car by Kingsley Dennis

By Kingsley Dennis

It truly is tricky to visualize a global with no the automobile, and but that's precisely what Dennis and Urry got down to do during this provocative new e-book. They argue that the times of the automobile are numbered: robust forces worldwide are undermining the auto approach and should herald a brand new delivery approach someday within the following couple of a long time. in particular, the ebook examines how numerous significant methods are shaping the way forward for how we commute, including:
• international warming and its many worldwide consequences
• Peaking of oil supplies
• elevated digitisation of many points of monetary and social life
• big international inhabitants increases
The authors examine adjustments in expertise, coverage, economic climate and society, and make a resounding argument for a destiny the place, by way of necessity, the current vehicle approach should be re-designed and re-engineered.

Yet the publication additionally means that there are a few highly bleak dilemmas dealing with the 21st century. The authors lay out what they give thought to to be attainable ‘post-car’ destiny situations. those they describe as ‘local sustainability’, ‘regional warlordism’ and ‘digital networks of control’.

After The Car should be of significant curiosity to planners, coverage makers, social scientists, futurologists, these operating in undefined, in addition to basic readers.

Some have defined the 20 th Century because the century of the auto. Now that century has come to a detailed – and issues are approximately to change.

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So just how did it come to be? \Vhy and how did the twen­ tieth century become the century of the car? This chapter accounts for why the steel-and-petroleum car came to be the dominant mode of mechanized transport in Europe, the US and then throughout the world. Such a system consists of cars made of steel and weighing about 1 ton, powered by petrol, each seating at least four people, personally owned, and each driven independently of others. This chapter examines how this car system overcomes a public timetable by enabling car drivers to develop their own timetabling of social life.

The next step within this automotive system was for car manufacturers to start sharing car parts with one another, resulting in larger production volumes at lower costs. The automotive industry has since developed its interrelated network system as part of a global strategy. This is how a complex system best operates (see chapter 3). The steel-and-petroleum car was also aided by extensive government policies, initially in North America and northern Europe, to build complex networks of paved roads.

Such jumps result from processes of positive feedback in response to unexpected small events. They escalate change through a 'lock-in' that over time takes systems away from 'equilibrium'. As outlined in the previous chapter, once established, the petrol-based car system got locked in. Small causes occurring in a certain order at the end of the nine­ teenth century turned out to have irreversible consequences for the twentieth century. 28 It achieves this through its superior capacities to adapt and evolve by comparison with other mobility systems.

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