“When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars, people said ‘nah, what’s wrong with the horse?’ That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.”
— Elon Musk


Cars increased our range of movement. They allowed us to cover greater distances in lesser time. They enabled our cities to expand and flourish. They became a symbol of freedom. Car ownership was something to aspire towards for what it represented. It created much of our modern transportation network that supports so much of our commerce, industry, and life.

But like all things, car ownership is a concept that has outlived its usefulness. Cars are a mode of transportation from one point to another. There is no intrinsic need for that movement from one point to another to require ownership of a vehicle. The future belongs to car sharing, peer-to-peer services, and autonomous pods. Car ownership is already becoming an anachronism.

When one truly thinks about how much time, space, and resources are wasted in maintaining our present system of car ownership, the mind boggles. The time, space, and resources freed up by removing the shackles of the past and incorporating new means of getting from one place to another will allow us to better direct our energies to creating a more vibrant and sustainable future.