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

Uber says it will launch flying taxis in Texas and Dubai by 2020. It announced this at the Uber Elevate Summit that is taking place right now in Dallas, Texas. People have been fantasizing about flying cars for ages. Seamless transit through the air or by road, whichever suits your needs, is the huge, unexplored void between regular air travel and using passenger cars. Talking about potential...

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iPhone 10 year Anniversary

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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The Greening of Technology Push and Market Pull

What became known as 'Dieselgate' is a remarkable case of a huge conglomerate getting caught 'cheating on their exams', therefore having to face the dire consequences. The American EPA is to collect billions from Volkswagen, whereas the EU (European Union) simply cannot, since it bears responsibility for the manipulated testing methods with which Volkswagen thought it was in the clear.

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There's more to personal transportation than making cars (electric)

The gap between the car industry's 'transportation-as-a-product' business model and transportation-as-a-(community)service will narrow. Reduce footprint will be key. Here are some conclusions from 'City Of The Future - Technology & Mobility', which was issued last year by the Center For City Solutions & Applied Research. Much of what is stated is a confirmation of what I have been blogging.

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New iSetta ~ Why would you? Why should you?

And now for that quintessential, all-encompassing question most commentators have asked me: "why would I, why should I buy... rent... or share-use a reduced footprint vehicle?"Most cars carry only one occupant, the driver. How would a three-seater fit in demographically? It may fit two out of three types of households - a HUGE market. Check below what type of household you represent.

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Electric drive? Great! What's next?

Car makers like Tesla managed to change the public's attitude towards more eco-friendly ways of propelling the car, electric drive in particular. But they did little to change our favorite personal transportation mode itself. It doesn't look like newcomers such as Faraday Future, Atieva and Apple will either.

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The ‘Climate control’ Auto-mobile

Will the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris bring car makers to look for new ways? Some say that trillions of dollars in the 'conventional carbon economy' will evaporate when governments take measures to curb global warming. Can the car do both: keep what's good and reverse what's bad?... It can do way more!

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Coming full circle?...

What started out with an APP to order a ride, may come full circle when a new APPliance-like transportation mode is inserted into the process of moving people. The car is the app.

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Are Tesla, Google, Apple, Atieva, Faraday F. all wrong?

A 'next-generation personal transportation device' ought to incorporate more environmental considerations than zero emissions. Lose the car's self-serving nature, for instance. If Apple, which is feverishly recruiting people from the auto industry, fails to think outside the (car) box, another company should.

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How Daimler Smart could have made billions (2)

The magic word is reinvent! No better example than Apple's reinvention of the good ol' phone. Its design and functionality turned out to be such a hit, that usage and ownership of the Apple iPhone was taken to a whole new level. Why not do the same to that four-wheeled box that has been around for more than a century?

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