What’s going on everyone? Welcome back to my blog. Let’s get into it.
Firstly, I would like to just take a second to say thank you to anyone who has kept up with my posts. I have tried my best to provide valuable information about the future of the automotive industry and how it pertains to the economy. I hope you have enjoyed reading just as much I have enjoyed writing.
I plan on tightening some loose ends from previous posts and wrapping up my blog with this post as well as introducing some new topics.
Although automotive technology is changing every day, it has become increasing difficult to find new material to post about. I do however, for my last post, feel I have found a sufficient topic. For the automotive world to continue to grow, regardless of whether the future is autonomous, electric, or petrol fueled, there must be improvements within the roads department.
As I have discussed in other posts, Automotive companies have big plans for both autonomous and electric vehicles. This is largely in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint. Road surfaces made of asphalt are currently responsible for 1.6 million tons of CO2 emissions per year. It is also believed that more than half of major rural roads are either in “fair” or “poor” condition. I stumbled upon a company called VolkerWessel, who plans to reduce this carbon footprint by replacing current asphalt roads with recycled plastic ones. Although they are still in their conceptual stages of development, the idea goes hand in hand with the automotive industries push toward a smaller carbon footprint.
Like I usually do with my blog posts, I would like to spend some time on what the potential economic effects of plastic roads could be. Firstly, a lot of jobs are going to be lost. The need for repairs and road construction is going to go down drastically. If a piece of the plastic road becomes too worn, it is simply replaced by another piece. It really is that simple. This means that a lot of the jobs in road repair will become obsolete. It also means that the average American will no longer have money taken out of their pay check to fund such programs. United States drivers pay about $450 a year in taxes for road repairs. I would also expect new tire technology to assure safe travels. In all honesty, I believe that plastic roads would negatively impact for the economy. Sure, people would have more money, but the amount of jobs lost would outweigh this benefit. On the other hand, I believe that the function the product serves may perhaps make this a very viable solution regardless of its economic impact.
As someone with a background in physics, I have some worries about the all-around safety of such a design. However, I also believe that as human beings, we have an obligation to take care of our environment. Because of the current environmental situation that the world is facing, I support VolkerWessel. We need more creative idea’s like this to get ourselves out of the pickle we have put ourselves in.
That’s pretty much all I have for now guys. Again, thank you guys for reading. Take care and God Bless.