Two announcements this past week indicate the pace of innovation in transportation is about to accelerate drastically. On Monday, Waymo (of Google) announced the opening of its self-driving car program to the public in Phoenix. Secondly, Uber announced that it was aiming to launch a network of small, vertical-takeoff electric aircrafts.
Uber's Jeff Holden said that these kinds of flying taxis represent "the pinnacle of urban mobility - the reduction of congestion and pollution from transportation, giving people their time back, freeing up real estate, dedicated to parking and providing access to mobility in all corners of a city."
As we look back at Robert Gordon's arguments, will these innovations actually succeed? Are we witnessing the birth of more great inventions? Or are these innovations premature and need more R&D? Will there be failed launches like Tesla had with its Autopilot?
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