History records an American public quite willing to embrace new technology. But recent history also shows a growing distrust of Big Tech — from app-enabled mobility monopolies to social media giants.
A better solution would use GPS technology to price all roads according to the value that drivers place on them at a given time. Such a market-based system would replace gasoline taxes and capture the marginal costs drivers impose on others when they use the roads.
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.