Cruise, GM-backed self-driving company, teases life ‘beyond the car’

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Cruise, the self-driving car company backed by General Motors, is teasing an “alternative” to pollution-spewing, congestion-causing motor vehicle traffic. In a Medium post published on Wednesday, Cruise president Dan Ammann said it was time to “move beyond the car.”

Ammann, the former president of GM who now leads the autonomous vehicle firm in San Francisco, lays out the ills of our car-centric world — congestion, carbon emissions, underutilization, and tens of thousands of deaths annually — before pondering “alternatives that are superior to the status quo in every way.”

“The status quo of transportation is broken,” Ammann writes, “and … our need to find better solutions grows more urgent every day.”

Taking a step back, Ammann’s…

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