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Ralph Panhuyzen, PhD (Leyden University) has been involved with the scientific study on 'auto-mobility' in the Netherlands (one of the most densely populated countries in the world) which was held under the auspices of the NWO, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. His vision and concept of a new type of vehicle is partly based on his logistical experiences. As a former managing director of a major multi-modal transportation center for freight, linking terminals for sea ships, inland barges, trucks, trains and warehousing, Panhuyzen is experienced in joint ventures combining public domain interests and private enterprise.

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Untapping the trillion-dollar market of autonomous, electric vehicles

Tesla was the first to put an electric motor in a car a lot of people were willing to buy. But it took a huge gamble as far as governments willing to spend billions on EV tax credits. Time to make the EV more widespread, cheaper, widen its appeal by ‘reformatting’ the EV. The inspiration for this actually comes from Silicon Valley, which is constantly working on smart devices, user formats and networks. Road infrastructure is much like discussing networks and bandwidth. With fossil-fuels gone, the EV can become a Smart-Mobility device - the equivalent of what the smartphone is for personal communication. But it needs work. Just putting an electric motor in a BEV or FCEV which isn't that much different from a conventional car, won't do. Apple's former CEO Steve Jobs made the effort to dramatically improve the mobile phone in all respects. The Next-Gen EV should be treated likewise.

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eVTOL challenges to rethink the EV (2)

Battery power and autonomous technology may work like a miracle lubricant in making personal transportation work more efficiently...

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eVTOL challenges to rethink the EV

Is personal mobility, with the arrival of the eVTOL (i.e. electric aerial vehicle capable of taking off and landing vertically) and car-sharing, on the brink of the same sort of disruptive change as personal communication was with smartphones and social media? If there is to be some sort of device, what would such a 'Fly & Drive' APParatus be like? And could this form the basis for a post-UBER business model?

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Vertiport and logistics practically beg for Flying Car - Part 2

It seems that I am no longer the only one who is advocating the idea of a 'command module' which is meant to be driven and airlifted! A reputed developer is now considering a modular flying car system, indicating "that rooftop real estate will not be that easy to acquire and vertiports will be farther apart than UBER envisages. This will require (...) a seamless way of transporting passengers longer distances on the ground".* 'Remain seated' is also better from a real estate point of view.

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Vertiport and logistics practically beg for Flying Car - Part 1

eVTOLs need vertiports. And you need a car to get there. Land that has to be allocated, constructing and equipping vertiports, altering rooftops, etc. require major investments. The quicker a vertiport can handle in- and outgoing traffic, the better it is. Directly connecting eVTOL and car helps in this respect. 'Remain seated' is better from a logistics point of view.

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EV, eVTOL and the Flying Car - The Bigger Picture

Have you ever, while stuck in traffic, looked upwards and thought: now there's enough space to get me where I need to be? That's one. Two. Have you ever speculated: if my electric car would not weigh 20-30 times as much as I do, it could do with a lot lighter battery pack? Range would be better too. The curious thing is that established OEMs are slow to respond. The good thing is: now 'others' can step up to the plate. Since 1. and 2. are pretty much related, there's an interesting window of opportunity to act upon them simultaneously. What you're about to read, may be seen as nothing less than an industrial strategy.

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Anatomy of an eVTOL modular Flying Car

Lots of text in my previous two blogs to contour the prospect of a flying car that can takeoff and land vertically, with the use of battery power. Time to recap what's essential. 'New iSetta' offers pictural suggestions how an eVTOL modular Flying Car concept might work by taking 'elements' separately (anatomy), instead of claiming that a certain eVTOL design -will- work.

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Will the electric car 'really take off' this time? Part 2

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Four developments are quintessential to the eVTOL: -1- the progress in the development of durable, lightweight, stress-resistant materials, -2- battery and electric motor technology that is rapidly advancing; there's already talk about 10 kW (13.4 hp) yield per 1 kg own weight, -3- the possibility of guided transit that will 'denecessitate' the need for a driver or pilot (license), and -4- the trend toward what I call seamless '2D and 3D' transit, probably run by a TNC, a Transportation Network Company.

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Will the electric car 'really take off' this time? Part 1

Uber says it will launch flying taxis in Texas and Dubai by 2020. It announced this at the Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas, Texas. Uber would need “between 500 and 1,000 flying cars for every big city... a multi-billion dollar market”. ** No wonder that aircraft builders committed themselves to developing eVTOL craft, electric aircraft that can takeoff and land vertically - among them: Airbus, Bell, AgustaWestland, Aurora, Embraer and 'newcomers' such as Lilium, Volocopter, Joby and Terrafugia.

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'iPhone anniversary' - Is there a lesson to be learned?

This week Steve Jobs’ legendary Apple product was introduced 10 years ago. To say that it proved to be a game-changing, new 'product format' in the telecom/internet business is an understatement. Personal transportation needs a revolutionary, 'wanna-have device' too that is sleek, versatile, flexible and tool-like to use - particularly if it is supposed to benefit from self-driving technology. How would Jobs have introduced an "iPhone On Wheels"?

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Automotive Icons

Iconic cars can reincarnate... Or they can inspire to reinvent the car. Automakers see self-driving technology primarily as a way to prolong shelf life of the cars as we know them today. Robotics should actually challenge us to rethink 'auto-mobility' altogether.

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Ride hailing and the prospect of self-driving

Why would you use a (autonomous) vehicle that weighs 20-30 times more than the person behind the steering wheel, that is wider than he or she is tall, if the vehicle typically carries only one passenger? Particularly if you expect the vehicle to drive autonomously through dense city traffic.

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Urban Transit (2) ~ The Intermodal Mix

APTA researchers looked at the traveling habits of 4,500 people in seven U.S. cities (Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C) and found that the more people use shared services like Lyft and Uber, the more likely they will use public transportation.

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Urban Transit (1)

Will ride sharing overtake car sharing? Will the both of them undermine public transport? Will ride- and car sharing reduce car ownership and lead to dwindling car sales? Trends and paradoxes - the findings presented below were all taken from surveys conducted this year.

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Will the car come full circle... turn in an Auto-Mobile?

Car sharing, ride-haling, carpooling on demand, self-driving taxi's, frustrated automakers, shuttle services, railway companies eyeing the possibility of door-to-door service, "skip ad to continue driving"... Time to put some developments into perspective, and extrapolate.

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