By Andrea Requier and William Davis
It’s 7 a.m. on a Monday morning in 2037.
As you start your 60-mile commute, you wonder if there’s enough time to get everything done — meeting prep, scheduling your kid’s appointment, expense reports — and still sneak in a nap. Since the U.S. car fleet went fully automated a few years ago, the speed limit has increased and congestion has eased, so your trip will take less than an hour.
Today’s cars and trucks aren’t just faster and more efficient. Their very shapes have changed, turning them into spaces to work or rest as you travel.
They’re also safer — so much so that municipalities have cut police and first responder budgets in half. Auto insurance costs a few dollars a year. And many people now use shared “transportation as a service” networks instead of owning a vehicle, saving them thousands.
But some of the automated revolution’s most profound impacts aren’t about transportation at all. How and where Americans live — their homes, communities and housing markets — have also been transformed.