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- Print Length: 152 pages
- Publisher: Matador (January 19, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 19, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00SI7PBKQ
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The Mobility Revolution: Zero Emissions, Zero Accidents, Zero Ownership Kindle Edition
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The problem with the book is that it does not look particularly closely at the challenges inherent in this transformation. The author provides a biased view, going so far as to suggest that "automotive manufacturing is becoming as redundant as the horseshoe maker". The book includes long sections running through hosts of initiatives, prototypes, and start-ups, but the fact is that technology is the least concern in this transformation. We have had electric, hydrogen, and automated driving technologies for decades.
The challenge is how to deploy these technologies in a chaotic, unpredictable environment dominated by human beings. Comparisons with air travel are worse than useless; they are misleading. Cars do not operate in controlled spaces occupied by perhaps a dozen other craft, each operated by pairs of highly trained pilots, and maintained continuously by professional ground crews. Road traffic is an intensely human, social environment where the rules of the road often matter less than anticipating what other road users may do based on experience (see Traffic for an excellent analysis). Given that the average age of cars in use is more than 11 years, software-driven vehicles will have to co-exist for decades with hundreds of millions of human-driven machines and they will still have to protect occupants (and other road users) in the event of a collision. Automated cars will have to do massively better than Apple computers or Microsoft operating systems because they cannot be allowed to confuse drivers, freeze up, or become corrupted when lives are at stake, and they'll have to operate correctly for 10-20 years, not 2-3.
I agree that we will one day reach zero emissions, dramatically reduce accidents, and likely see big changes in how vehicles are owned and used, but this is at least a 50, not a five, year transition and no one today can really predict with much confidence how this shift will ultimately play out.
A must-have for any audience interested in the future of transportation - entrepreneurial, insurers, engineering, safety, infrastructure, or manufacturing...or even just merely a motorist.
If you are interested in the future of cars, transport or anything mobility wise this book will definitely be eye opening and give you a real insight into changes that are already starting to happen and what will come next.
I am currently writing a master's thesis at Cambridge on Driverless Cars and their impacts on society: this book has been absolutely invaluable in laying the foundations and basic frameworks. Lukas deserves a lot of credit for his comprehensive work here.