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158. Elon Musk’s Wrong, Driverless Cars Make Things Worse and Buses are the Future of Transportation | Jarrett Walker

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Jarrett Walker (@humantransit) is an international public transit network design and policy consultant and the author of popular public transit blog, and the book Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives. This book is a friendly, non-technical introduction to transit’s underlying geometry and the real value judgments that must be explored to make both transit and development policy.

His background integrates an arts and humanities Ph.D. with long technical experience in all aspects of transit and its role in city-building. He is a frequent keynote speaker, teacher, and facilitator of decision-making processes.

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In today’s episode we discuss:

  • How to engineer cities so ALMOST everyone wins
  • What does the future of urban transit look like
  • Why autonomous vehicles actually lead to more traffic
  • The reason Uber and Lyft are part of the problem
  • The geometric test to any transportation claim
  • Why the Boring Company is bogus
  • The law of induced demand and its implications
  • How tech marketing twists issues and creates bigger problems
  • What Jarrett thinks about electric scooters and micro-mobility
  • Where we’re at in the IoT hype cycle
  • Thoughts on regulating and market distortions
  • Why cars are a dead-end future

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