self-driving cars and lane splitting
Posted Feb 23, 2013 21:14 UTC (Sat) by khim
In reply to: self-driving cars and lane splitting
Parent article: ELC: Google learns to drive
Regardless of exactly date very early prototypical automobiles were first made, it's utterly irrelevant to the question of the transport commonly available to people.
Ok. So now we redefine terms to mean "transport commonly available to people". Got that. No problem, you still lose: typical daily distance for novices in bicycle touring is 50km and unless you are professional (which should be excluded by your definition as irrelevant aberration) weekend tour distance is recommended to be 80-100km. Pretty close to this 72km stretch which was discussed above, isn't it?
The bicycle was in mass use *long* before cars were ever produced commercially (and then, in small numbers to begin with, available only to the very rich). The bicycle continued to be more available to the masses for quite some time after.
Depends in the country, really. China and Vietnam used bicycles extensively in XXI century (that means: they still use them today), but in US they were only popular as a tool for transportation for a couple of decades at the end of XIX century. 72km was, indeed, something you needed the whole day to travel back then (bikes from light allows and paved roads everywhere was not something which was common back then) and it's still not something people in poor countries do twice per day on bicycle.
Technology which makes bicycle capable to making at least couple of 72km trips per day don't come before car no matter how you twist it.
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