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The Extinction of Cars

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Dinosaurs have ruled the world for a very long time. According to Wikipedia the beasts existed from the late Triassic period, about 230 million years ago until the Cretaceous, some 65 million years ago.

Although many scientists advocate the idea, that a Meteorite hit earth and caused the extinction of the Dinosaurs, some scientists also mention the possibility, that the Dinosaurs just could not adapt to a changing environment. The same danger humanity is facing today. Scientists warn, that 20% of the Plant and Vertebratespecies on earth face extintion. Such an incision into the Biodiversity on earth could mean a breakdown of the whole Ecosystem on earth. This could also mean that humanity as a whole is endangered. 

We either adapt to changing parameters in our daily life or the results might be terrible. Professor Frank Fenner (21 December 1914 – 22 November 2010), the famous Microbiologist, believed humanity is on the very brink of extinction. Mr. Fenner believes it might happen in the next 100 years, Mr. James Lovelock believes it will happen in about 40 years.

Let’s assume this warnings are exaggerated, still the danger exists. The cause for such a scenario is a simple one, nature is not able to adept to the demands of human beings. Until the year 2050 World Population will grow to be 9 billion people. About this fact nothing much can be done. No one can force people not to procreate. So something else must be done. One of the possibilities is to find a substitute for privately owned cars.

Cars demand too much resources and space. The average dimension of a Small Family Car are about 4240 mm for a hatchback and 4500 mm for a estate/saloon car. The Smart Car can be regarded as the smallest car available today on the market, the measures are 8.8 feet length and 5.1 width. The measures are of the car itself and do not tell anything about the actual space demand for the car.

The space demand for the car includes the place where the raw material is being raised, the factories where the raw materials are processed and the factories where the cars are assembled. From there the car is transported to the show room, where it is bought. Now the car needs two parking lots. One near the home of the owner and one near the destiny where the car drives to. In reality the parking lot is occupied in a rotation fashion. One car leaves the lot and another car ocupies it. But many homes and buildings have reserved parking lots which are only used by one car.

Another important fact is, that, according to Napa Valley Register, 76% of the workers using their cars to drive to work drive alone and the average commute is just shy of 26 minutes.

All this demand a lot of space and the present situation does not provide a solution, as the daily traffic jams show. More roads are not the answer, since more roads tempt people to buy more cars. Also the growth of world population must be taken into account. Each one of 9 billion people will want a car?

Just like the Dinosaurs could not adapt to the changing situation on earth so can’t the car. The question is, wha is more important, the car or the survival of humanity. Instead of wasting space for cars the space could be left to nature to regenerate.

One of the problems of abolishing cars will be, that a lot of people work, directly or indirectly, in the car industry. If we find a substitute for cars, many of those people will have to look for other jobs. It is imperative to find a solution to this problem. That is the reason Social Security is part of Nesseq. Social Security in the European sense of providing jobs and not welfare. The concept of the Ultra Light City Vehicle could help solve the problem of transportation and employment!

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