Our planet is in peril. Our species’ dependence on fossil fuels and other things that generate greenhouse gases is causing our planet to heat up, ice caps to melt, and weather patterns to change. If we don’t change our behavior, we’ll soon find that the consequences will only get worse: populous areas will end up underwater, the strength and frequency of dangerous storms will continue to increase, and the temperature will continue to rise higher and higher.

 

A lot of factors play into this dangerous situation, but few are as large as our dependence on motor vehicles. While some large cities use public transit effectively, the sprawling and growing suburbs in places as diverse as the United States and China are fueling a demand for cars and, in turn, for gas – which, once burned in an engine, contributes to the global warming problem.

 

Fortunately, this is one area where we can really fight back against our bad habits. Technology is making it possible for us to manage cars more intelligently, saving energy and helping to save us from ourselves.

 

Cars, commuting, and greenhouse gases

 

Cars are everywhere, clogging up the road and jostling for parking spots. Many of us use them in our commutes, and each of us who do so is contributing to the problem.

 

One solution is to use public transit. Each city bus or subway car takes a large number of drivers off of the road, eliminating the pollution that each of those cars would make and replacing it with just one vehicle’s. On top of that, the reduction in traffic makes the remaining vehicles move more smoothly, quickly, and efficiently – which means each of them wastes less gas.

 

Technology is helping, too. More energy-efficient mass transit makes the solution above even more appealing. Even technology designed to help cars by creating more efficient parking (as in this example on Lintech’s website) can help, because more efficient driving means less fuel burned. And, of course, some technological advances make cars more efficient even in traffic and congestion, using electric motors and shutting off engines when cars stop (electric motors and other energy-saving motion devices are popular in commercial applications, too, thanks to companies like Power Jack Motion).

 

Hope for the future

 

These improvements are already here – and more are coming. As technology improves, we get cheaper and more efficient solutions. And if green solutions make financial sense for companies and individuals, they’re destined for widespread adoption. That’s what we’re seeing happen already, and that’s what we can expect in the future.

 

What will those solutions look like? It’s hard to say for sure. But it does seem likely that we’ll see improved fuel economy in cars, better traffic management, and more efficient mass transit options. We can hope to see green energy become increasingly viable, leading to a revolution in fuel itself. Whatever the future holds, one thing is certain: technology is our key to rolling back the impact of cars on our environment.

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