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

Chicago Suburbs

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.

(Picture above was taken with Horace’s iPhone 6 back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 ISO 1000, 1/15 second exposure on approach to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and shows the way Americans like to live).

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Show Notes

250 Million: Number of Connected Vehicles on the Road in 2020, According to Gartner

Volkswagens gefährliche Nähe zu Chinas Politbüro (Volkswagen & China’s Politburo “Dangerously Close”)

Ford’s connected car plans.

BMW sounds alarm over tech companies seeking connected car data.

  • Rybkaz

    Interesting show, especially at the very end. I’ve been on the planet for a fair number of years and have never owned a car – and I have zero intentions of changing that status. Besides saving a ton of money, I have no transportation problems. I ride a cheap Chinese bicycle which, besides being an order of magnitude less expensive to buy and operate than a car, provides the exercise I need to make me healthier when I transport myself to work every day (usually about 30-40 minutes there and back). I live in Osaka Japan which, along with other Japanese cities, has done a lot to deal with (though not eliminate) the car congestion problem. How so? Having a much higher people-to-land-area ratio than is found in North America for example, has allowed (i.e. made economic) an extensive bus – and especially train – infrastructure. I in fact work all over the Osaka region and use a combination of bicycle, train and bus to get anywhere I need. So, to sum up: No car (in Osaka) = a healthier lifestyle + no traffic jams + huge money savings that I can use elsewhere in my life + no problems in getting where I need to go. Not too shabby!

  • scd

    The leak from Yamaha today about its city car in 2019 seems a bit ridiculous. If it takes 10 years for a company like Yamaha with all the money and engineering expertise and (apparently) desire to implement iStream I don’t see much of a big future for it.

    Gordon Murray keeps talking about other parties that are “further along” than Yamaha but I’m not sure why they would be so worried about disclosure if they are so much “further along”, implying they are releasing a car prior to Yamaha’s 2019…

    I would have more faith in the EV skateboard technology they have in the BMW i3, perhaps without the full-carbon body. That seems far more modular than even iStream.

    I am not sure the auto industry is ripe for a production disruption because the product resulting from the new system would have to be better than existing cars to gain traction with consumers, which is going to be impossible considering how good new cars are.

    Volkswagen is already reducing model cycle times to 5 years thanks to its MQB platform/modules – I suspect once CarPlay gets integrated, it will provide enough flexibility to keep up with smartphone tech that the rest of the car’s systems won’t need to be modular/ upgradeable. For example, I don’t care how old the ECU computer is as long as the screen shows my Google maps nav.

    The only disruption I can see will have to come from the service component of car ownership – something like uber. It will be non-consumption competing with consumption. And once you have uber you basically don’t care what the car is – the majority of the cost is the driver.