SILICON PRAIRIE INSIDERS: KANSAS CITY STAYS LOSING WITH OLD SCHOOL TOY TRAIN STREETCAR WHILST EV & AUTONOMOUS CARS ARE NEW HOTNESS!!!
These week the Chevy Bolt shocked the world with it's new design, usability and cost while Kansas City remains stuck in the past chasing toy train streetcar visions of downtown economic development . . . As the rest of the world teleworks, shares cars or uses the Internets to hitch a ride.
Accordingly . . .
LOCAL TECH EXPERTS DEMAND KANSAS CITY START EXPLORING MORE CITY HALL COOPERATION TO IMPLEMENT ELECTRIC, AUTONOMOUS AND RIDE SHARE TECH INTO LOCAL GOVERNMENT RATHER THAN RAMMING THE TIRED OLD STREETCAR DOWN EVERYONE'S THROAT!!!
Bottom line . . .
WOULD YOU RATHER RIDE A TESLA, BOLT, UBER OR HOP ON THE 2.NOTHING MI. FILTHY KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR?!?!
Here's the word . . .
The world is moving right past the quaint streetcar that serves a narrow corridor to real transitThe Chevrolet Volt is getting outstanding reviews. Pool buying should begin immediately, or would if any well lead complete approach was working towards electric and autonomous vehicle advancement.
Uber begins autonomous rides in Pittsburgh today, planners should have this emphasized, this is now.
Range is great on Chevrolet, what Carnegie Mellon and Uber have done is fantastic, compare that with KC Mayor's rant on Uber last year. Uber since bought Otto, the most advanced over the road autonomous trucking firm, which has huge implications for this region. Uber also bought into Didi for huge investment into China and settling a competitive quagmire. Uber also partnered with four or five different entities to be among the first autonomous tech companies on the planet really offering product to the market.
This dual salvo from Uber and GM is outstanding, but there will be many more tech advances over next year. It is time for action now. The industry did it's job, now where is the supportive movement in local government?
Federal program design should have required it. Norway showed how to get it done."
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