Articles by Dan Albert

Sep 20, 2019

Streetcars or Scooterville

It’s hard to imag­ine an elec­tric scoot­er in a Judy Gar­land love song. More to the point, the very flex­i­bil­i­ty of today’s micro­mo­bil­i­ty” machines means that they fol­low rather than encour­age development.

Aug 12, 2019

Road Trip: The American Car Past, Present, and Driverless

CSPAN3 coverage from the Smithsonian's S. Dillon Ripley Center

His­to­ri­an Dan Albert talked about his book, Are We There Yet?, in which he chron­i­cles the his­to­ry of U.S. autos and argues against dri­ver­less cars.

Jun 26, 2019

Driverless car proponents love this stat. Too bad it's a wreck.

I felt head­ed for a life­time of scratch­ing 94%, 94%, 94%” in tiny let­ters on the worn pages of a com­po­si­tion book.

Jun 21, 2019

Driverless cars are coming. We’ll miss the thrill of the ride.

Flirt­ing with dan­ger on the open road is as old as, well, motor­ing itself.

Jun 15, 2019

We could have had electric cars from the very beginning

... but they didn’t give riders the same illusion of freedom and masculine derring-do.

Ear­ly elec­tric cars per­formed bet­ter in cities than inter­nal com­bus­tion vehi­cles, but didn’t give rid­ers the same illu­sion of free­dom and mas­cu­line derring-do.