Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Transportation -

1> While LEVS are of­ten in­tended for ‘last mile’ trans­porta­tion – from the sub­way to your des­ti­na­tion, say – the con­ver­gence of elec­tric mo­tors, pop­u­la­tion den­sity, and ap­a­thy to­ward cars is giv­ing us ve­hi­cles that do more.

2> Ease of use has made scoot­ers a pop­u­lar shared ve­hi­cle – and scooter-share com­pany Bird a uni­corn.

3> With more types of non­cars on the road, peo­ple like Terenig Topjian of haveago.city (a search en­gine for LEVS), who helped us with this list, have pro­posed streetscapes with lanes sep­a­rat­ing ve­hi­cles by size and speed.

4> There is no way of do­ing this with­out cre­at­ing both noise and air dis­tur­bance. Imag­ine if each of the eight and a half mil­lion res­i­dents of New York City took one flight a month. That’s a big in­crease from nor­mal traf­fic, enough to make the city un­liv­able. – Carlo Ratti, for­mer head of CRA de­sign and then direc­tor of the MIT Senseable City Lab

5> Think about São Paulo: Wealthy peo­ple hop around by he­li­copter. They never have to touch the ground. Air taxis are within our grasp, but I think it’s go­ing to be used ex­clu­sively by wealthy peo­ple avoid­ing the streets. – Adam Green­field, se­nior ur­ban fel­low in the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics Cities pro­gramme

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