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Asymcar 6: Peak Horse

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Asymcar 6: Peak Horse | Asymcar.

Steve Crandall brings a new perspective as a guest. Steve’s analysis of complex systems has given him a huge pool of wisdom into which we dip our dainty spoons.

We survey the interlopers seeking to replace many jobs that cars have traditionally done, from horses to bicycles, planes, trains and buses.

We dive deeper into a few earlier Asymcar topics including energy, regulation, infrastructure, power train evolution, societal changes, distribution networks, urbanization and consider the promise of electric bicycles.

Several innovation timing lessons temper our expectations for immediate improvements.

Finally, we revisit the emerging transportation information layers and how such services may change public behavior and the auto-ecosystem.

Asymcar 6: Peak Horse | Asymcar.

(Honorable mention to anyone who can identify the vehicle shown above.)

  • marcoselmalo

    This will be taken as a joke, and in some ways it is, but I am seriously considering getting a burro. They are not infrequently seen on the streets of my town (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico). The problem is parking; few businesses have hitching posts these days.

    They’re much more economical than owning a personal car. Initial cost is between $100 pesos and $300 pesos (roughly between $7.50 US and $22.50 US), feed is 80 pesos a week, or less if I can find a place to graze it, and there is no legal requirement for insurance. Or a driver’s license.

    • MarkS2002

      I have two neighbors who also have burros. One parks his in a small garage, the other in his back yard with his small cow and uses it to commute to his farm. If we didnt seem to always be going to Bucerias or Vallarta for shopping, I think it could be useful for us, as well, although our dog might have a different reaction.

  • Brant Arthur

    Interesting article on EcoV, a manufacturer in Detroit who is using “racecar engineering” to build small electric vehicles. They make similar mentions of avoiding costly assembly lines with the tubular design. The EcoV isn’t a looker and we’ve already seen some of these golf-cart plus vehicles, but this seems slightly different. http://cleantechnica.com/2013/11/08/ecov-presents-12000-ev-using-breakthrough-manufacturing-method/

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

      It’s the right idea. Execution in marketing and design and production and everything else is all that remains.