By on February 2, 2012

“In 1909, people shifted from the horse carriage to the automobile, and horses retired from the world of mobility. What happened to the horses? We still have horse races. People love horses. People support horses and horse racing. As long as car enthusiasts exist, motor sports will continue.”

Akio Toyoda, February 2, 2012, at the hachi-roku launch party

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13 Comments on “Quote Of The Day: Toyoda Prepares For When Cars Retire From The World Of Mobility...”

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    I have a feeling this is what will happen to ICE cars.

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    I could see cars being phased out in a country like Japan: Small with an extensive public transit infrastructure. Not going to happen any time soon here. We’re too spread out with no real national public transit to speak of (excluding a few major cities). Of course having to drive instead of wanting to has probably helped lead to the appliances on the road today. If not for a long rush hour freeway commute I’d probably have something interesting to drive.

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    Darth Lefty

    Didn’t most of the horses get turned into glue?

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    30 years from now when everybody is driving plug-in this and hydrogen that,and gasoline is 10 dollars a gallon, people will go out for Sunday drives in their “classic Prius” and say, “I only drive this gas guzzler on weekends, it uses waaay to much gasoline.”

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      As previously mentioned the gas is now 7,96 usd/gallon here in Sweden. With a 63 mi commute every day to work I’m spending 30 usd only for gas all other costs excluded. I am considering to take a job closer to where I live. It would be great to sell the car, I live in the city here so I could manage to take the cab or rent cars when I need one. You can rent cars from the carpool a lot for +1000 usd/month a car cost!

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    I agree with the statement that one day automobiles as we know them will no longer be a part of mobility, especially ones that run on fossil fuels and are driven by humans. It is hard to imagine but that is the future.

    Driving is an inconvenient, boring chore to most people. In the future, I envision a highly efficient, networked, automated infrastructure designed for the chore of driving. All road design features that are geared towards humans will be designed out – traffic lights, lane markers, signage, etc. Due to inefficiencies and safety, it will no longer be normal (or perhaps no longer legal) to drive yourself around in public. Those wishing to shift gears and turn a wheel will need to go to a track or extremely rural roads.

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      I hope I’m long dead when that day comes.

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        Me too, but think about how many equestrians you know. I’m guessing 0-1 if you live in a big city, perhaps more if you are in the country. Go back 120 years and nearly everyone knew how to handle a horse.

        Hard core enthusiasts will simply be displaced. There will always be places to drive, just not on public roads.

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        Chicago Dude

        “Me too, but think about how many equestrians you know. I’m guessing 0-1 if you live in a big city, perhaps more if you are in the country.”

        I’d bet that you’ll find a far higher concentration of equestrian complexes within an hour or so of a big city than any rural area.

        Keeping horses for pleasure is expensive. Big cities have lots of people with lots of money and extremely diverse interests. I know of four equestrian riding & boarding places INSIDE Cook County, and I probably don’t even know about all of them since I don’t really care about riding horses.

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        Robert Gordon

        I enjoy driving, but if driverless cars and so forth means that in future nobody is killed and injured on the roads isn’t that something to be embraced and look forward to?

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    So, what’s next Toyoda-san? Transporters ala Star Trek? I wouldn’t put it past the Japanese…

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    There’s an easy way to enjoy horses on the cheap. Move out into the countryside.

    I agree completely with Toyoda’s statement. Automobiles will go that way. Perhaps even up to the point where you have to join an expensive club which has its own closed road for you to drive your old machine on without worry about registration costs or emissions regulations (“off-road use”, doesn’t count). Where you can actually push your car to its limits, something that’s illegal out on a road covered in lightweight electric mobility devices, enclosed bicycles and low-speed road-trains.

    Wait… that sounds just like a track-day club. The future is here!

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