Boosting the "Mobile" in Automobile

Three authors in the French Newspaper Le Monde pose possible futures for the car and the automobile industry.
March 9, 2009, 6am PDT | Michael Dudley
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"Nothing will arrest the fall of the automobile sector if we don't think about the 'mobile' contained in the auto, and the services it's supposed to provide, in another way. The disenchantment with the car does not prevent its use, as long as that is reconsidered.

In short, whether they are clean or not, too many cars kill the car. To get out of that situation, two paths must be explored head-on: sharing and urban integration. One self-service public car eliminates between five and ten cars from the road. A structured route between the car and public transport is a promising track, as are the regulations distributing traffic flows over time.

Should these perspectives come to fruition, then the car will orient itself to a completely new usage and business model no longer dominated by the object itself, but by automobile services."

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Published on Thursday, March 5, 2009 in Truthout
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