This car is symbolic of why France and the US have completely different driving cultures
"But what struck me this time around was just how small, old, and beat-up many vehicles in Paris were.
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Mind you, having lived in New York City for over a decade (before a decade in Los Angeles), I understand that nice cars and urban streets aren't a great mix. But Paris is currently taking this to whole new levels. You just don't see a lot of subcompacts from the 1980s and 1990s on the streets of Brooklyn.
But in Paris, you see them all the time."
If you have ever spent a minute in Paris it is clear that no car can last long in this environment without being folded, spindled, or mutilated.
"I know what you're thinking: Aren't there tons of old cars in the road in the US? Sure, but here that's a cause for mild panic. The average age of a vehicle on US highways and byways is an unprecedented 11 years, a statistic that's been seen over the past few years as a clear driver of an auto-sales boom. Bottom line: American aren't supposed to drive old cars. That have been is an accident of history."
Then touch the phone, and two minutes later a nice self drive car will show up to whisk you to your destination, at less cost than your current beater, and in more comfort, and without the headache or responsibility of actual driving.
How cool will that be.
Yeah, I know, not possible! Insane! It will never happen. It is too difficult. Blah, blah, blah. But right now there are self drive buses in a couple of countries in the EU, and self drive semis are experimentally plying our roads/highways, along side of a small army of experimental self drive autos. Every time one of the big players makes an announcement, the roll out target date is a year sooner than the last.