The Future of Cars–our smart, connected, clean automotive overlords of Tomorrow

I’m not totally sure how it happened, but I’m writing for Creative Loafing Atlanta now and I’m as happy as a clam. Below are the first few paragraphs of my debut piece, “Metro Atlanta’s cars one day will ‘talk’ with each other, probably plot our ultimate downfall,” about what leading automotive tech industry leaders and big wigs think the future of driving will be. Notably lacking from the conversation was any discussion of the technological implications for transit, but there was heavy emphasis on the need for denser development and “connected communities.”

Of course, writing for CL Atlanta doesn’t mean I’ll stop writing The Suburban City (I’ve been working with contributors over the past month or so and we’ll actually have our first pieces from them soon!), so fret thee not. Give it a read and let me know what you think!


As Friday morning traffic chugged along just down the block, guests gathered in the lobby of Georgia Tech’s Research Institute around coffee and light breakfast. They then filed into an auditorium to learn about the future of transportation.

On this November morning, the future was not about innovative transit or bike lanes. The crowd had gathered to hear about the evolution of something used by millions of metro Atlantans every day: a car that can do everything from warning a motorist about upcoming fender benders to picking the driver up on request, and even taking the wheel and driving itself.

That’s the view of Margo Oge, former Director of the EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, and author of “Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars.” She told the crowd at the Technology Association of Georgia gathering that a huge revolution in the technology of automobiles is coming and will lead to cars becoming “smart, clean, and connected.”

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