"The Golden Age of Motoring is Over"

According to this article in The Guardian U.K., fewer and fewer young adults age 17-20 are seeking a driver's license and car ownership, signalling "peak car".
September 26, 2011, 2pm PDT | Tim Halbur
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Only 35% of British youth age 17-20 have a driver's license, down 13% from the previous year. Road traffic figures for cars and taxis has fallen continuously since 2007.

One theory for this is that a generation raised with cloud computing and disposable cell phones have less of their status wrapped up in their car. Car sharing programs make sense to these "digital natives":

"They don't care about owning things. Possession is a burden, and a car is a big investment for most people – not just the vehicle, but the permits, the parking space," says Stefan Liske, a German entrepreneur (as interviewed by Alex Rayner).

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Published on Sunday, September 25, 2011 in The Guardian U.K.
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