Asymcar 34: The Empire Strikes Back

Joe Rosmann shares his experience and perspective on our changing transportation system – “the most regulated industry we have”.

Joe begins with three points:

Car costs continue to grow

Smartphones. Consumers can make dynamic real time choices about the best way to go from a to b 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (see the City Mapper app).

Autonomous vehicles can make lives safer and faster.

We close and reflect on Joe’s assertion that “Algorithms are going to become regulatory mandated standards”.

30mb mp3, about 62 minutes.

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  • Bruce_Mc

    Thank you for a very thought provoking podcast. Provoked thoughts follow… 🙂

    US Healthcare is more expensive per year of life expectancy than most other countries. Life expectancy is also lower than other developed countries. Having a similar “revolution” happen in transportation is not good news.

    Apple is a great brand, but people have to pay companies like Comcast and AT&T if they want to use their Apple products. Apple may make the best products in the world, but AT&T and Comcast do not provide the best networks in the world, and there is nothing an individual can do about it. Providing network services in the US is a sort of mushy oligopoly, thanks in part to government regulation. It is easy to imagine similar outcomes in transportation.

    Another thought, for farther down the road after mass adoption: what happens when you get in an autonomous car, identify yourself, state your destination, and the car says, “I’m sorry, you are not allowed to go there.” If you are lucky, the car will let you leave. If not, the doors will remain locked until the police show up and ask you why you wanted to go there, why haven’t you kept up payments on your student loans, etc.

    About the podcast: Horace, you can do better with your delivery. Quite often it is painful to listen. The ums and ahs, the repeated words, these things make it hard to follow your train of thought, and they can be corrected with attention and practice. There is no hurry. It’s your show and nobody can kick you off for going slower. I would rather hear your thoughts a few seconds later and better organized than at the immediate moment that you are thinking them.

    Again, thank you for a most interesting podcast.