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Asymcar 3: Road Trip

Horace Dediu and Jim Zellmer discuss the pleasures of traversing continents by road. This leads to a grand tour of powertrains, composites, fuel efficiency, regulation and Tesla’s luxury market entry. Which naturally leads to a conversation on emerging auto modularization, apps and ecosystems and where value will accrue.

via AsymCAR 3: Road Trip | Asymcar.

  • eN

    You guys need to reconsider discussing an overhaul of the system itself rather than just the evolution of cars. At this point, who cares about apps and ecosystems in a car. You should talk about privatizing roads to make them exclusively for automated vehicles, legal frameworks, performance and safety benefits, cultural changes, etc.
    The car, like television, is an industry that has lagged by decades. But it’s about transportation, not about the cars themselves. When we talk about the new iPhone, it’s not about the processors and geekbench scores but rather the potential for new services (i.e. fingerprint sensor + payments).
    Automated vehicles is a game that MANY companies will get in on, not just Google. Some tech companies have the cash and technology chops to buy a toll highway and implement their own solution in house. Hrmm… what’s the name of that company that has a ton of capital to experiment with…

    • http://www.asymco.com Horace Dediu

      This is exactly the sort of intractability which prevents change.

      • eN

        I listened to the second half of the show, and things got much more interesting. Patience is a virtue indeed. However, I think these some of these issues could be addressed at some point, as there is a connection between the improvements in the app/information layer and the network itself. I think eventually you could address some of the topics I mentioned above when the time comes. I wouldn’t call it intractibility as much as impatience…

  • El Aura

    Regarding the wind turbines in Northern Germany, in Southern Germany you’ll find the complementary photovoltaic installations, green field and on a lot of roofs. In particular farmers who treat their buildings already as investments profited from the financial incentives. It is changing the look of villages, red tiled roofs being replaced by blue photovoltaic cells.