SUVs race to the bottom

Driving a SUV increases the energy to be absorbed in a collision—normally in detriment of the lighter vehicle. Also increases the emissions. Noise. And especially in cities, uses up more space  even in the worst case damages the infrastructure. Yet it is in cities where the need to refocus on pedestrians and bicycles, as opposite to automobiles, is the most poignant.

The driver of a SUV is, however, not made accountable for all these negative factors. Only there is a light entry barrier in the purchase price to be overcome—for the solace of the car makers.

And if theory of games tells us one thing, it is that this race to the bottom is predictable and expected, as long as accountability is not added to the rules of the game.