Notes from the Electronic Cottage 5/6/21: Cars Today and Tomorrow, Part 1

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Lately, we’ve been seeing car makers stopping or slowing down production lines because of a lack of critical components – computer chips! As auto technology changes, there are lot of new issues that need to be addressed and sorted out: for example, what happens when gas tax revenue disappears because virtually all cars are electric? This is only one of many big questions facing us as our cars become more and more “computers on wheels.”

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.