If Then

When a Scooter Makes More Sense Than a Car

Horace Dediu, an expert on “micromobility,” explains why tiny forms of transportation are popping up in cities all over the world.

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In this episode, guest host Henry Grabar looks at how Zillow is trying to disrupt the real estate business—and why it might work in some cities but not others.

Then, Horace Dediu answers Henry’s questions about bikes, scooters, and other miniature contraptions that might replace the automobile in cities.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.

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If Then is presented by Slate and Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State UniversityNew America, and Slate. Future Tense explores the ways emerging technologies affect society, policy, and culture. To read more, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our weekly newsletter.