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Americans devote an enormous amount of energy and resources to their cars. But what we want isn’t the car itself, but the services provided by the car. As we move towards a world where computing is essentially free, bandwidth is essentially infinite, and sensing is ubiquitous, our transportation system will change dramatically, says Michael Webber, deputy director of the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. Webber believes we have already seen the first glimpses of this in the DARPA Grand Challenge for autonomous vehicles and Google's driverless cars. Privately owned, dumb cars that we use a fraction of the time will be replaced by smart mobility services that are in perpetual use, tapping into this powerful information technology to drive down costs and improve the value of mobility. Webber is a general expert on a wide range of areas related to energy.

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