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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 ‘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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