Articles by Dan Albert

Nov 21, 2019

Consumers Fear Big Tech, Not Driverless Tech

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.

Nov 05, 2019

A Per-mile Road User Fee for Boston

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.

Oct 24, 2019

The EV Wars

EVs have reached a tip­ping point, but which way will they tip?

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.