By Bethany Bella |
"Imagine this: What if you could drive a car that is so intelligent that you never, when driving in a city, come across a red traffic light? But this is possible."
At the ScienceWriters2014 conference in Columbus, Ohio, Giorgio Rizzoni of Ohio State University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering entertained the idea of automative technologies in future transportation vehicles, while also discussing the importance of sustainable transportation in megacities around the world.
"From the model T onward, petroleum is really what has fueled the automotive industry. Sustainability in transportation is not just a good idea, it’s absolutely a must. So we have to be able to achieve some degree of sustainability in transportation."
Not only are sustainable transportation technologies a critical factor in reducing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, but it’s also becoming an important component in the economies of rapidly industrializing nations.
For the New Horizons in Science Newsroom, this has been Bethany Bella.
Bethany N. Bella is currently a freshman studying journalism at Ohio University's E. W. Scripps School of Journalism with a specialization in environmental studies. She believes strongly in sustainability, enjoys writing, photographing and filming projects about the environment, and plans to contribute to National Geographic. Follow her on Twitter: @bnbjourno