Sparked by this post: I've seen this quoted a number of times, and it definitely seems true from my own anecdotal experiences. My own opinion is that with the internet, social media, cell phones, video games etc, this generation pretty much has all they want at their finger tips and don't really need to travel for it. Perhaps in the past, they had to bug mom or dad for a ride somewhere -- lacking the desire to go somewhere, why need a car? Anyone see the movie "Chronicle"? Notice how, even among real life friends, the kids seem glued to their cell phones? I see it happen in real life all too often (heck, even I do it). If we end up in a world like Asimov wrote about, we might not even need cars in the end: The Naked Sun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia *edit* I also think that with all you can do in the palm of your hand right now, driving is boring. People (myself included) likely prefer to be driven somewhere so they can tinker on their devices on the way. I know I'm guilty of it too. If we're going somewhere and my wife decides to drive, I bring my iPad so I can surf on the car's wifi. Perhaps as cars become more connected (safely), people won't mind as much.