Local Motors is a ground mobility company focused on shaping the future for the better. Founded in 2007 with a belief in open collaboration and co-creation, Local Motors began low volume vehicle manufacturing of open-source designs using multiple micro-factories.
(il sobrio pacco batterie Panasonic di una Model S) Faccio una premessa per eco-bimbimikia, io adoro le auto elettriche, ho provato una
Self-driving cars are at a fascinating juncture right now. We know they're coming soon. We know they're going to change things. But we don't know how they're going to change things - in what...
Secondo il CarCost Index da noi si spendono ogni mese tra i 600 e i 700 euro. Ci batte solo l'Olanda. Il paradiso degli automobilisti è in Germania e nella Repubblica Ceca dove non si superano i 450 euro L'auto costa a noi italiani quasi quanto mantenere un figlio. O forse di
2016/01/12: a story that passed largely unnoticed in our American world. Sitting atop some of the planet's great oil reserves and getting 73% of their revenues from oil sales (income that dropped by 23% last year), the Saudi royals just hiked the domestic price of gas at the pump by 40%. Though it still remains dirt cheap by global standards, that act -- which is like charging for salt water in the middle of the ocean -- is an indication that something startling is going on. And note that, in the years to come, that kingdom's rulers are planning to cut back on similar subsidies for “electricity, water, diesel, and kerosene.” In other words, the world’s largest oil producer and a country of striking wealth (and foreign reserves) no longer feels comfortable giving away gas to its own population, even though this is part of a bargain it struck long ago for peace in the kingdom.
And the reason for this has little to do with Iran or Syria or Yemen or Iraq or the Islamic State. The problem is far more basic, as TomDispatch’s resident energy expert Michael Klare points out today. It’s the price of oil, which in the last 18 months has dropped through the floor. In a sense, the oil business -- with its constellation of giant energy firms, until recently among the most profitable companies in history, and its energy-producing states, until recently riding high -- may prove to be the natural-resource equivalent of a failed state, and, as Klare makes clear, the changing economics of oil will transform the political face of the planet. So keep your eye on Saudi Arabia. Things there could get ugly indeed.
More than just getting the self-driving car built, the Lyft-GM deal offers the clearest picture yet of how those cars might actually be used.
It's repetitive for some to hear, but important for everybody to know: You can't explain Millennial economic behavior without explaining that real wages for young Americans have collapsed.
This business case study describes the traditional dealership channel for retailing new cars, and provides data on how the dealership value chain was coming under attack in late 1999 from online buying services (OBSs) and others. The case presents detailed data on the economics of the traditional dealership by line of business: new-car sales; used-car sales; finance and insurance; and parts and service. It also provides background information on the general structure of the U.S. automobile manufacturing industry (including key aspects of how production planning is handled), and it describes how the overall auto distribution system works. Under that system, car- makers pump product into a highly fragmented and overcrowded network of dealers, who employ high-pressure sales tactics to move their inventory. Reacting to this unpleasant sales experience, more and more car buyers began to use OBSs to avoid haggling with dealers or to arm themselves with price and product information that helped them negotiate more effectively with dealers. Though relatively few consumers were actually buying cars over the Internet, the rate was growing rapidly, and new companies were aggressively seeking to establish the Internet as a channel. Based on the data presented in the case, readers can analyze the economic and market forces at play in the auto retailing business and assess how these will affect the traditional dealership channel.
Changing habits and pollution concerns are calling time on our love affair with cars. But this doesn't have to be the end.
The development of self-driving, or autonomous, vehicles is accelerating. Here's how they could affect consumers and companies.
Working with Waze signals a recognition that, if cities don't involve the company in planning, the app and its users will reshape cities on their own.
The key: Making room for bikes, buses, and other mass transit, and no new concessions for cars.
The promised returns from globalization just aren't there: poor countries don't have as much to spend, corrupt governments undermine foreign multinationals, domestic rivals hack trade secrets out of multinationals foreign offices and doing business all over the world is complicated and expensive. Even giants like GM, the biggest bettors on globalization, aren't getting the returns
The top reason Americans give for wanting a partially autonomous car is lower insurance costs.
The evidence that human driving isn't the hottest idea keeps coming. This week, we've got two studies to add to the pile.
The planning for any new road should include plenty of mathematical modelling. But getting the right numbers can be a challenge and there's the odd paradox to deal with as well.
L'Italia a noleggio: il Belpaese scopre che la proprietà non è tutto. Perfino dell'auto, malgrado la concentrazione sia tra le più alte al mondo (in Europa, con 698 veicoli ogni mille abitanti, lo Stivale è secondo solo al Lussemburgo). Secondo il presidente Fabrizio Ruggiero, il 14194176 Rapporto sul noleggio dei veicoli presentato dall'Aniasa (l'associazione di categoria che fa capo a Confindustria) rivela
Indicatori in crescita a marzo per la produzione industriale: +0,4% rispetto a febbraio e +1,5% sullo stesso mese del 2014. L'indice grezzo sale del 4,3%
I usually enjoy reading Zero Hedge because the insights are often interesting and I think pessimism is an underrated virtue these days. However, this guest article on unsold cars is so demonstrably false I had to take a break from my Sunday morning to dispute it.
The idyllic picture painted by automakers and regulators may sound overblown, but a new report from consulting firm McKinsey & Company says it is, for the most part, accurate.