Author: Marie Perez

What if blockchain moved the world?

What if blockchain moved the world?

Blockchain, a system which allows digital transactions to be conducted without a third party intermediary, is best known for the role it plays in Bitcoin. The famous digital currency was invented in 2008 by an anonymous genius going by the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto, only two months after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. But Bitcoin is only one of about seven hundred applications – some of which in the mobility industry – that use the blockchain system today. Blockchain is to Bitcoin what the Internet is to emails if you will, and it is described by many as the biggest technological invention since the internet.

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Airbus: the Pop.Up story – interview

Airbus: the Pop.Up story – interview

A few weeks back, we published a blog post on urban air mobility, in which we presented Pop.Up, a two-passenger, autonomous, multi-modal vehicle concept. This week, we decided to dig a bit deeper into this revolutionary idea by asking Mathias Thomsen, general manager for urban air mobility at Airbus, a few questions. To learn more about Airbus’ projects and how you will one day be able to fly around town, don’t miss his keynote speech at Autonomy 2017 this October in Paris.

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Flying cars over our heads

Flying cars over our heads

Being a Paris-based company, it was easy for us at Autonomy to attend the International Paris Air Show in June. The novelty of this 52nd edition was the showcasing of 100 innovative start-ups, in association with the international incubator Starburst Accelerator. That is how we came face to face with flying cars. They’re not exactly what we’d expected after watching The Fifth Element, but they’re here. Over 50 projects around the world are trying to conquer the sky, and several are already well-advanced in terms of technology and funding.

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Bike-sharing on steroids

Bike-sharing on steroids

Autonomy’s offices are in Paris, and while the French capital is home to many important and disruptive transport companies, it has clearly got progress to make in the bike-sharing business. Which is why a few weeks ago, we met with Chinese startup Ofo, one of the first to offer cities a free-floating bike system. We are hoping that their presence at Autonomy 2017 will encourage a broad adoption of this concept, as well as its improvement.

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ADESA, the key to understanding the urban mobility revolution

ADESA, the key to understanding the urban mobility revolution

Take any city and look at the way people move around. There may have been some improvements but the global picture hasn’t changed much in 50 years. It is estimated that by 2050 there’ll be 6 billion urbanites, a startling fact which makes it all the more urgent that we replace single car ownership with cleaner and more efficient ways of commuting. But when will the tipping point happen?

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Now that the elections are over, let’s build a sustainable future

Now that the elections are over, let’s build a sustainable future

Hi there,

I would like to tell you a bit about my journey with Autonomy and what I believe Macron’s victory could mean for sustainable mobility.

I am a South African entrepreneur who moved to France in late 2014 with the intention of building a powerful independent platform to help speed up the transition to sustainable urban mobility. It all began when my business trips to Lagos, Delhi, Copenhagen, Berlin and other cities, kindled a fascination with urban mobility. As a keen cyclist I appreciate efficient mobility, and as someone concerned with global warming and pollution I appreciate clean mobility.

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Paris, capitale de la mobilité urbaine ?

Paris, capitale de la mobilité urbaine ?

À chaque époque son opportunité.

Dans les années 1970, c’est San Francisco qui a su s’emparer de la révolution numérique. Grâce à la Silicon Valley, la Californie est devenue la sixième puissance économique mondiale (la France est neuvième). Si Paris s’est imposée comme capitale de la mode depuis le 19ème siècle, ne serait-il pas temps qu’elle s’attaque à une nouvelle mode ?

Musk says the Hydrogen Fuel Cell is a “silly idea” but is it really?

Musk says the Hydrogen Fuel Cell is a “silly idea” but is it really?

In mobility, Elon Musk’s opinion carries clout. When he trashes hydrogen, he jeopardises the future of that industry.

I agree that hydrogen is a silly idea for EV users, who commute to work and back with charge points either side. This might explain Musk’s comment, given that Tesla’s main market is Californians who users their Teslas this way. But what are the opportunities for hydrogen elsewhere? Europe for example is a very different story.

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Electric Vehicles: The market, growth and selling to urbanites  

Electric Vehicles: The market, growth and selling to urbanites  

Automakers are starting to bet big on electric. Christian Senger head of e-mobility at VW says they want to be the first car company to produce 1 million EVs. The head of R&D at Daimler, Thomas Weber, announced a €10 billion investment to produce around 10 EV models by 2025. Nissan’s new Leaf will launch later this year and they will share the platform with Alliance partners Renault and Mitsubishi. Ford’s website states they will invest an additional $4.5 billion in electrified vehicle solutions and release 13 new models to their product portfolio by 2020. And then of course there is Tesla, enjoying record sales and pre-orders of 400 000 Model 3s – due to start shipping later this year.

That is a lot of similar product hitting the showrooms at the same time. How big is the market, what is the growth like and who will win sales?

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Three Insights on Car Sharing

Three Insights on Car Sharing

In 2016 car-sharing took off, with all the major car companies getting in on the act. At first there were only a few players, the likes of BMW (DriveNow) and Daimler (Car2Go). But last year saw the launch of VW’s Moia, PSA’s Free2Move, Jaguar Land Rover’s InMotion, Bosch’s Coup and Volvo’s Sunfleet, to mention a few.

In the process of building the second edition of Autonomy I’ve spoken to more than two dozen shared mobility companies, with many coming from the traditional auto industry. I’ve also been speaking to a number of cities wanting to radically increase their shared mobility offering and would like to share with you three insights:

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