Asymcar 21: Where we’re going, we don’t need roads

Gartner asserts that “connected cars or smart cars are poised to play a pivotal role in the Internet of Things (IoT)”. We say “Hah!”


  • Who levies automotive platform taxes?
  • What in the world could “over serving” transportation mean?
  • Using the Automatic app in a Porsche.
  • BMW’s  “sounding the alarm” over tech companies efforts to collect auto data.
  • China’s car industry and other unimportant details relative to declining interest in driving among young people.

via Asymcar 21: Where we’re going, we don’t need roads | Asymcar.

  • jinglesthula

    Intriguing title. You’ve mentioned roads as a chief constraint in several episodes. I wonder about the possibility of an Uber-like drone service that delivers human cargo. The ‘airports’ may not need be much different in size than a single parking stall (e.g., cars outsource the engine and lose the wheels and shed weight).

    • jinglesthula

      Of course, I’d want mine to still look like a Dalorean.

    • SockRolid

      And it could usher in a new era of anti-terrorist drone systems. No bombs, no guns. Just grab a bad guy, lift him into the air, and drop him from 300 feet.

  • SockRolid

    Re: ‘BMW’s “sounding the alarm” over tech companies efforts to collect auto data.’

    I used to be disappointed that BMWs won’t be equipped with CarPlay etc.
    (I need to replace my old one this year.) But now I’m glad they won’t.
    The last thing I want to do is hunt-and-peck at small icons on an inconveniently
    placed touchscreen on the dashboard. Plain old Siri is easier and safer.

  • Kris G

    The Internet of Things (IoT) marketing term is getting a little out of hand. Outside of smart phones it is hard to see any one product category getting into billions in volume. May be shoes and clothes. The logistics and design aspects of making connected shoes and clothes are difficult. And the economics are likely worse.

    The first real market test of IoT will be with the Apple Watch. Let’s see how that pans out. But if we can get past the hype there are some real valuable use cases for connected products. Here is a post that examines the connected car from a use case and design perspective

  • neutrino23

    It appears now that Apple will make their own cars. Any thoughts about how this will change the world? I could see them making self driving taxis that would appear on demand in densely populated areas like the Bay Area. I would still have one car but we would get rid of the second car if this was reliable.

    • I agree. Apple is all about the customer experience and they make computers. In this case the job to be done is transportation as a service. A computer on wheels can provide both and they have the capital to invest. The Apple Transporter will not be for sale.