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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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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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How Daimler Smart could have made billions (1)

Instead of hemorrhaging billions. In my previous blog I mentioned the need for an automotive equivalent of Apple's reinvention of the (mobile) phone, since driverless and car-sharing make it possible to steer away from the been-there-done-that four-wheeled car. In my opinion it already could have been, should have been picked up by brands that focus on city vehicles, like Smart Car.

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Re:Thinking the Auto-Mobile

Over the past 50 years the U.S. auto industry has faced multiple existential crises, mainly a downward spiral of lost opportunities and lack of innovation. Detroit's market share in the U.S. alone shrunk from a little over 90% in 1965 to less than half of that in half a century. Seems like another, bigger existential threat is about to hit Detroit: driverless and the car-sharing trend. Will the industry face what Frost & Sullivan consultant David Frigstad calls 'the Kodak moment'? "Buying a car could soon be a thing of the past, and Ford is desperate to find what’s next" according to a Washington Post article, published June 24.

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