In this episode, I connect once again with
Professor Peter Norton, author of the books Fighting Traffic and Autonorama

We discuss in detail Autonorama: The Illusory Promise of High-Tech Driving and what we, as a society, really want our future to look like.

Show Notes:

In Autonorama: The Illusory Promise of High-Tech Driving, technology historian Peter Norton argues that driverless cars cannot be the safe, sustainable, and inclusive “mobility solutions” that tech companies and automakers are promising us. The salesmanship behind the driverless future is distracting us from investing in better ways to get around that we can implement now. Unlike autonomous vehicles, these alternatives are inexpensive, safe, sustainable, and inclusive.

I’m excited to have Peter back on the Podcast for a second time. We not only dive into the sales pitch being served up to us about autonomous vehicles and a utopian world of car dependency, but we talk about the real-life pragmatic solutions that we should be focusing on such as a sustainable safety approach to mobility network design and the example provided in The Netherlands in the Dutch cycle path and transit network integration. And specifically the power of mobility choice.

I hope you enjoy it.

Helpful Links:

Autonorama: The Illusory Promise of High-Tech Driving published by Island Press

Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City published by MIT Press

How did the Dutch get their cycle paths video by BicycleDutch

The Best Country in the World for Driving – The Netherlands a video by Not Just Bikes

My first podcast episode with Peter – Highlighting the Fighting Traffic book

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Background: Hi Everyone, my name is John Simmerman. I’m a health promotion professional with over 30 years of experience and my area of concentration has evolved into a specialization of how the built environment influences human behavior related to active living and especially active mobility.

In 2012 I launched the non-profit Advocates for Healthy Communities as an effort to help promote and create healthy, active places.

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