What if the Car Had Never Been Invented?

May 1st, 2013 by

Middletown HondaI love driving and I love my car. Imagining life without it would be difficult, but not unbearable. I’m an avid biker, so I think that I would be able to complete much of my errands fairly easily. Most of them at least: grocery trips would need to be paired down to a manageable size, or I would need to get one of those bike carriers you use to two your children.

And while I don’t feel things would change much for me during the warmer months, winter would create huge problems. Biking in the snow is fun, but it is often impractical or dangerous. Picking up your date on your bike during a snowstorm is a sure way to lose any chances of a second date.

Condensed Society

But imagine how different life would be if the car was never invented in the first place. No buses or trucks, either. While we don’t often consider it, “travel-anywhere-at-will” is a vital pillar of our modern western social and economic systems. It dictates how we design our days, how we operate our social lives, even how we build our cities.

Without cars, our cities and suburbs would be much more condensed. Most areas would be made up of tall apartment buildings rather than rows and rows of single family houses. Assuming that trains had still been invented, most cities would have at least some form of metropolitan rail network.

Even more interestingly, what if the car was invented tomorrow? Would it be a welcome integration into our society, or would it hit some roadblocks? (No pun intended.) What kind of complaints would people would people make? Would they say it was too dangerous? Would getting a license to drive one of these machines be more difficult, or would you give most anybody the chance to try it out?

Honda and the Future of Cars

Honda is working at making vehicles that are more intelligent about how they spend fuel, not only helping drivers to save on fuel bills, but reducing atmospheric admissions. Safety has also always been a top priority for Honda, with many current models available at Middletown Honda recognized as Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Beyond that, Google is testing cars that can pilot themselves, with a zero accident rating so far. Who knows what the future of cars will hold?

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