How The Pandemic Has Restored Our Relationship With Cars

putri titian

CTO and Executive Vice President at NXP Semiconductors, a leader in Automotive, IoT, Industry 4.0, Mobile and Connectivity technologies.

The changes brought by the pandemic are reinforcing all of the reasons people fell in love with cars in the first place and distancing us from some of the car-sharing ideas that were prevalent as recently as last year. They have brought us full circle to the car as a refuge and a way to get away, like the young people in post-war America once believed, with the added twist of providing a safety bubble.

The hint of this latest transformation may hide in the data on traffic. While vehicle use plummeted at the start of the Covid-19 crisis, according to the EPA, it has been on the rise lately despite the fact that many shelter-at-home orders are still in place.

Intriguingly, the actual data collected from vehicles shows

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