Jamie Lincoln Kitman

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Why is America’s biggest carmaker, General Motors, suddenly quitting Europe, dumping the German Opel and British Vauxhall subsidiaries it has owned since the 1920s? To listen to G.M. tell it, offloading the brands in a fell swoop to PSA Group — a consortium whose owners include the French government, China’s Dongfeng Motors and the Peugeot family — makes simple, financial sense.

But any benefit of the $2.9 billion sale is worrisomely short-term, an unwelcome skid away from the passenger-car technology. Any gain for G.M. in selling off the divisions known for building some of its most sophisticated small- and medium-sized passenger cars is outweighed by the real hazard to the corporation’s longer-term health as well as that of the world’s population, who most clearly don’t benefit from greater emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants associated with larger, less fuel efficient cars.…  Seguir leyendo »

Love was in the air at President-elect Donald J. Trump’s summit meeting last week with tech executives. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, was really feeling it, coming as it did a day after the company announced that its self-driving technology was ready for commercialization. The meeting was a giant green light for an industry and the multitrillion-dollar investment it will represent, the cost largely to be borne by consumers and government.

Automobile, telecom, tech and e-commerce industries, and their marketers, have spent the last decade enabling the public’s addiction to wired living, working feverishly to bring the phone and the internet into the driving environment.…  Seguir leyendo »

Las industrias automotrices, tecnológicas, de comercio electrónico y telecomunicaciones, y sus publicistas, han pasado la última década haciendo posible la adicción del público a una vida con conexiones permanentes, y trabajan frenéticamente para llevar el teléfono y el internet al ambiente de la conducción. Pero esta tendencia jamás ha sido discutida o votada seriamente por nuestros políticos.

En el futuro glorioso se nos asegura que los vehículos autónomos salvarán vidas, reducirán el número de accidentes, aliviarán las congestiones de tránsito, frenarán el consumo de energía y disminuirán las emisiones tóxicas. Estos supuestos beneficios tienen algo de verdad. Sin embargo, la información no está ni cerca de estar completa.…  Seguir leyendo »