Report from Santiago protests and thoughts on mass protest in a robocar world
I just got back from Santiago, Chile, which was brought to a standstill this weekend by mass protests over economic conditions. Once out, I started thinking how mass protest (and even riots) might change in a world where robocars are providing the transportation, instead of the private cars and transit systems which were central in these protests.
It's a very mixed bag, with good and bad for both the city and the protesters. At some levels, a highly distributed transportation system can be more robust, but the nature of robots means it could be very easily to choke most of the streets quickly.
Read my new Forbes.com article Santiago Protests Shut Down Transit - what happens in the robocar world?
I am curious as to reader views on these issues, and what solutions might exist to them.