Transportation Trends for 2020 (And What Cities Can Do About Them)

Rush hour traffic fills the ring road in Paris during a nationwide strike by French SNCF railway workers, France, April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau - RC1569A024F0

Over the past ten years, the world has experienced a revolution in transportation. 2012 saw the emergence of Uber, Lyft, and a number of other competitors who changed the way we purchased rides. I discussed these changes in 2015, when we were only beginning to understand the implications of these platforms. Amazon also changed the logistics industry, evolving from an online bookstore to a company that delivers electronics, household goods, and even groceries, something I talked about in a 2017 post. The automotive industry has also changed, with incredible growth in electric vehicle sales and continuing integration of automated features into cars, which I have dialogued with Michael Boswell and others for Planetizen’s “Autonomous Future” series.

William Riggs

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