The Metro Board now has a historic opportunity to fix Metro's ridership slump by providing real leadership for the benefit of all the residents in LA County; not surprisingly, it involves more -- much more -- than simply trying to get us all to pass another transportation tax.
Driverless cars are undoubtedly big news, and the UK is aiming to ensure it stays at the forefront with the announcement of eight new projects receiving a total of £20 million in funding to develop various driverless technologies.
With driverless cars, no longer will families have to do interventions on 92-year-old Dad and wrest the driver's license out of his aging paw. People will remain independent until they can transfer lanes to that wide highway in the sky.
Of course, not all "smart" cars are being created equal. Nor will they do the same things. Different companies are taking different approaches, and most are keeping their cards extremely close to their vests. So what do we know?
Every robot, like every person, is autonomous within a social setting, and must navigate its relationships to others. Working in isolation is conceivable, indeed appealing to a certain mindset, but unrealistic in the human world.
There will be continued carnage on our roadways, unless we succeed at promoting a social norm that stigmatizes distracted driving. State and local laws can't solve this problem alone, but they have a key role to play.
Robots taking human jobs means that those humans can spend their time doing higher-valued work that will drive even more progress, which is especially good news for less-desirable professions like long-haul trucking, which is actually facing a worsening shortage of workers.
Rents are higher in Los Angeles than in any other major U.S. city, according to several recent studies. There is wide agreement that the city is facing a huge affordability crisis. But far less consensus on the solutions.