April 12, 2004

Concept cars from the 37th annual Tokyo Motor Show These little cars should be handy as drivers become lazier, according to the US Department of Transportation.
  • I'm not sure "lazier" is the right word. Maybe "more preoccupied" (cell phones and the like) or "older" (on the average (the population-dense boomers are advancing quickly, and age indesputably is a factor.) Take it frome one who is older than the boomers, anything which can keep me driving longer without menacing the rest of the traffic is to be lauded.
  • Terrific link, thanks. Shame there wasn't more information on the cars. Still, at least one of them has made it to the real world, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
  • Good link, Although, I found no rocket cars or jet packs. I want my jet pack!
  • path, the "lazier" part I was referring to was the section around the middle of the article where the interviewee says, "We are much more willing to drive down to the corner store to buy a loaf of bread, go back home and return again to buy ice cream..." I remember a while back -- three or four years -- hearing that the maximum distance people will walk before deciding to drive instead was something like 400 metres, or a quarter-mile. After that, people are more inclined to hop in their car. Wish I could remember where I heard it, though.