Reducing dependence on automobiles
Synonyms: Reducing reliliance on internal comustion engines
Context: The internal combustion engine provides the power train for much of our current stock of personal transport. It influences automobile production and design; the broader system of transport and transport infrastructure; the design of houses and the layout of towns and cities, including the location and design of retailing; the movement and sale of oil products; the nature of leisure activities and lifestyles; and many other aspects of contemporary life.
Claim: Attempting to reduce our dependence on the automobile encounters social and institutional rigidities and technological lock-ins. These include the capital stranded in transport infrastructure, the redundancy of knowledge that provides the basis for competence across the whole array of automobile/transport/urban designers, suppliers and users and the altered economic position and power of actors.
Type Classification: D: Detailed strategies