Technology

Technology. 

Depending on who you are, it can be one of your favorite things or one of your least favorite things. 

For me today, the jury is still out. 

We’ve cut cable in our house and moved to some new TV technology – a smart TV with a Roku. It was supposed to be easy and we were supposed to be able to watch whatever we wanted. So far it’s not easy and my husband is irritated that he couldn’t watch the football game last night without some other technologically advanced equipment that we didn’t have. 

If most new technology is like our TV system – there’s always something that falls just a bit short of what was promised. And to me, that’s how all technology is. Whether it’s TVs, telephones, or Teslas, something must always be tweaked.

That’s why, when people talk about technology improvements in transportation and imply that in 5 years we will all be riding around in all electric autonomous vehicles or flying around in drone taxis, I’m a little doubtful that we’ll move that fast.

The US Department of Energy says electric cars were first developed more than 100 years ago and hybrid cars were first developed in the late 1890’s. Today in Kentucky there are fewer than 1,000 registered electric vehicles and less than 30,000 registered hybrid vehicles. Considering there are roughly 3 million vehicles registered in our state, that’s not too many. 

That’s why, when we consider all the challenges we face with funding maintenance and construction on our current transportation infrastructure, we must focus on solutions that address our immediate issues - and our current drivers.

Over time, technology will eventually change our entire transportation network. And it's important to consider these changes. But addressing the changes that might occur in the the future can not be our only focus. We must address the issues we have today - or else we will never be able to use the technology of tomorrow.