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Gaze into a crystal ball with Volkswagen tomorrow at "Mobility 2030: Transportation Technologies & Lifestyles of the Future." We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.

And apparently we are going to be spending it worring about policy changes in California, vehicle technology, carbon, green goods movement, and neighborhood structures. Those are among the topics that will be tackled by an "international panel of experts." There'd better be jetpacks involved.

This 2030 event, incidentally, is not to be confused with the MTC's Transportation 2030 Plan, or the MTC's Transportation 2025 plan. But it will be interesting to see if any of these fancy-talking prognosticators are aware of each other. Will tomorrow's VW-sponsored talk acknowledge local transit planning? That would be nice, but we won't hold our breath.

Also, just wondering -- exactly how much is that Examiner paying its scriveners to copy and paste press releases? Seems like a pretty good racket, at least until the repetition and loneliness starts driving the "authors" mad. Ah Examiner! Ah humanity!

· What will the year 2030 look like for Californians? [An Examiner]
· Experts to Address the Future of Transportation, Technology and Lifestyle in the United States [SF Business Times]
· Volkswagen Group of America Sponsors 'Mobility 2030' [The Auto Channel]
· Mobility 2030: Transportation Technologies & Lifestyles of the Future [Bay Area Science]