Asymcar #29

Horace and Jim begin with the industry’s rhetorical bubble. We consider the auto eco-system’s atmospherics on auto companions and quickly revert back to the reality of today’s manufacturing practices and industry lead times.

Source: Asymcar #29

  • stefnagel

    Great piece. Thanks! What stuck is that Apple replaced phones with a better understanding of the market needs. People want to communicate in many ways. So a phone had a screen; now a screen (and computer behind it) has a phone app. It’s building intelligence into our communications devices—the difference between a cricket and a a dog in levels of smarts and capability.

    So what’s a really intelligent car looks like? It may well be that self driving Uberlike services will be one solution.

    But I think we human are nesters by nature. We yearn to make nests—homes. So another piece of the transportation puzzle might be caravans, an old concept. Think gypsies. Homes on wheels would allow a significant bit of mobility at maybe twice the cost of a car, but maybe a tenth the cost of a house. And housing facilities could be compartments rather than apartments, that is, spaces to park and hook up caravans in vertical structures. For the young, urban caravans can allow workers to minimize commutes and also give them the freedom to move to better jobs at will. For the old, caravans could be parked near to health and healthful facilities. And we could drive them outside cities on weekends, to park them on land we own, next to a fishing lake.

    “Everything that rises must converge.” Teilhard de Chardin.