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PostSubject: Automakers Prepare for an America Thatís Over the Whole Car Thing   Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:53 pm

FOR decades, automakers have been able to count on a fundamental fact of American life: You pretty much need a car to get around.



But lately, novel technologies, including ride-hailing services like Uber and advances in self-driving cars, are creating new alternatives for commuting, shuttling children and going to the store ó particularly in urban settings.

There are also demographic and economic trends in play. Many younger Americans do not consider owning a car a goal or necessity ó or a necessary expense. So carmakers are looking ahead to a day when the automobile plays a smaller role, or even no role at all, in many peopleís daily routines.

ďThe historical model is you buy a car and itís in your garage most of the time,Ē said Glen DeVos, vice president for engineering and services at Delphi Automotive, a big developer and supplier of automobile technology. ďItís the second-most expensive thing you buy after your home, so if you can get around without owning a car, there are a lot of economic reasons people may not own a car, or own only one instead of two.Ē

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/22/business/automakers-prepare-america-fewer-cars.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-4&action=click&contentCollection=Business%20Day®ion=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=article
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