Four wheels good, two legs bad. For a hundred years, the gas-guzzling car has been king. But its days are numbered – no-one seriously disputes that – and what comes next will determine the scale of biospheric butchery in the post.

But what if The Car 2.0 turns out not to be flying cars, autonomous cars, or Richard Branson Cars, but instead a happy mishmash of whizzy things and old-fashioned things that you don’t own? Y’know, bikes, e-bikes, scooters & hire cars all available at the swipe of an iphone, and all beautifully integrated with public transport that arrives punctually and isn’t piss-stained.

That’s the dream of this week’s guest, deputy editor of the Economist and author Tom Standage, whose exhaustive new book a) explains how the car came to occupy such economic, political and sociological dominance, and b) devotes a pleasingingly large number of pages to actual horse shit.

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