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Who Needs A Car When You Have a Smartphone?

The reasons to not own a car continue to grow for urban dwellers, including food trucks, virtual supermarkets, and carshare programs.

Published: 07-Jan-2013

Smartphones are changing how businesses reach out to consumers. This is beginning to affect the physical shape of the cities we live in. Need proof? Take a look around your city.

These days, owning a smartphone is increasingly becoming an expectation. A recent study by J.D. Power and Associates shows that 54 per cent of wireless customers in Canada use smartphones, a market share that continues to grow. Logging on to the Internet anywhere, anytime, has never been easier.

The implications of this reach far and wide. The advent of the automobile resulted in sprawling cities and big box stores. Smartphone users, too, enjoy unparalleled freedom and connectivity. But they demand much less physical infrastructure. Quite the opposite: the rise of the smartphone is making cities more dense and accessible. Here are some examples:


BRABUS-tune smart e-bike.

The Smart Brabus ebike features a 500 watt electric motor – twice as powerful as the standard smart ebike’s electric motor.

Award-winning smart electric bicycle now being delivered.

smart electric bicycle uses Pedelec pedal sensing system as required in Europe. Prices start at €2,849.

smart electric scooter will join smart car and smart electric bicycle.

Financial woes are forcing the company to look for affordable ways to expand its brand, and e-bikes and e-scooters is one of its strategies.


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