November 2, 2010
The most important external effect of (urban) traffic is congestion. In cities larger than about one million inhabitants, the cost of congestion far outweighs the combined costs of pollution, traffic accidents, noise and climate change.
Transporting people one by one in a tonne of steel is extremely stupid. With intelligent solutions for instant ride-sharing offered by smartphones and the Internet, the number of vehicles can be at least halved, with the same or better transportation standards as today. The technical systems already exist. All we need are social, juridical and economic incentives.
SwedenAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor