March 28, 2010

4 ideas for reinventing the automobile

Via this interesting Innovation Watch posting, I learned about four ideas for reinventing the automobile:

Idea # 1
First, we must transform the DNA of the automobile, basing it on electric-drive and wireless communication rather than on petroleum, the internal combustion engine, and stand-alone operation. This allows vehicles to become lighter, cleaner, and “smart” enough to avoid crashes and traffic jams.

Idea # 2
Second, automobiles need to be linked by a Mobility Internet that allows them to collect and share data on traffic conditions, intelligently coordinates their movements, and keeps drivers connected to their social networks.

Idea # 3
Third, automobiles must be recharged through a convenient, cost-effective infrastructure that is integrated with smart electric grids and makes increasing use of renewable energy sources.

Idea # 4
Finally, dynamically priced markets for electricity, road space, parking space, and shared-use vehicles must be introduced to provide optimum management of urban mobility and energy systems.

For more inputs on transportation innovation, have a look, for example, at this presentation.
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