We Can't Have The 'City Of Tomorrow' Or Autonomous Cars Until We Fix Our Garbage Roads http://jalopnik.com/we-cant-have-the-city-of-tomorrow-or-autonomous-cars-un-1791037657 Ryan Felton | Jan 10, 2017 5:52 pm Besides the bonkers official announcements from Ford about a new Bronco and Ranger, the automaker made waves at this week’s Detroit Auto Show with a TED talk-like event about how to transform cities of the future with the technology we’re enraptured with today—electric and autonomous vehicles, all that good stuff. But without a significant influx in infrastructure investments, the warm and fuzzy picture of a Smart City is a pipe dream. . . . As we reported last year, the feds describe the state of our transportation system as f*****g bleak: There’s something else we’re going to have to do to avoid a future crisis with our transportation system, and that’s spend money on it. Foxx said that we basically called it a day with our highways around 1992 or so; investment in transportation continues to decline. The report says that we need to spend $120 billion on highways and bridges between 2015 and 2020, while spending at all levels of government is just $83 billion; we need $43 billion for public transit, while it’s currently at a dismal $17 billion. Today, our road system scores a mere “D+” grade when compared to the rest of the world. Surely, America can do better.. . .