People fall in love with each other. Half of the books and movies are about how we fall in love. The other half about broken love... People are endlessly complex with all kinds of colors. It’s easy and hard at the same time to love someone.
But sometimes we don’t fall in love with a person, but with a thing. And the thing we most love are cars. It seems easier to love a thing…
But why on earth should one love a thing? Aren’t cars just products? Well, the first thing is that cars are the product of human…
What’s the ideal mean of transport? This seems like an obsession of mankind the last two centuries. There are heavy debates on the perfect way of transportation, whether it’s by car, bike, plane or train.
Before that, there wasn’t much to get obsessed about. Either you were on foot, by boat or if you had the money you could ride a horse.
Faster and easier way of travel came in the 19th century
These are the big four of modern means…
Cars seem like the perfect case for limited artificial intelligence. Firstly cars are expensive products, so you pack it with sensors, cameras, Lidars and processors. Also, roads and traffic seem like are very specific use case.
When I told my colleagues in 2015 that within ten years we would have autonomous cars on the roads, they couldn’t believe it. Just a few years later, almost everyone seems to agree that they were arriving soon. But now in 2021 it slowly started to get out of reach. Even the ever-so-optimistic Elon Musk admits that it’s hard:
Yes, reality is more unruly…
You can say that that German car design is boring, but you can just as well say that it exudes class. Or you can say that it’s design is uncreative, or that’s recognizable.
Whatever you say about the design of German cars, you can’t say they aren’t successful with it. They follow a strategy of evolution, instead of clean-sheet design. Here are various generations of various series of German cars. A story in pictures.
The UK Automotive Industry has a long tradition and is very much alive. There is a lot of technological knowledge in the UK. English brands have a unique position in the high-end market of today.
An industry with independent British carmakers, making cars from design to delivery however exists no more. Most brands are owned by foreign companies. What happened to the British car industry?
Lotus cars have had many owners, including the Japanese (Toyota) and the Americans (General Motors), before it became in Chinese hands in 2017. In this year, Geely took a 51% controlling stake in Lotus.
In a few centuries we used most of earth’s natural resources which were created over millions of years.
A lot of those oil is used by cars. Making it a big contributor to global warming.
If this effect of car emissions was on purpose, it was a genius plan. Say an alien would come to earth, and he finds it bit chilly. He then creates a machine, the burns all natural resources he finds on the earth. The car is a machine to warm up the earth.
Driving one car for a day of course has zero impact. Still, it’s…
The electric vehicle is all about sustainability. About the transition from a gas engine to an electric one. But the electric vehicle is just as much about digital transformation.
In this blog, we focus on the digital side. On ten innovations that made our cars into a driving iPhone. A story on amazing technological advancement in the last decade.
The infotainment used to consist of the radio (AM/FM) and your partner next to you. A lot of happened since then, we have smartphone integration to listen for example to Spotify. And even the radio itself is digitalized through the DAB+…
Cars are emotion. Emotions that are often decisive in purchasing a new car. And why not? Every modern car brings you safely from A to B. Whether it’s a Toyota Aygo or a Mercedes A-Class. But even the first, the cheapest car on the Dutch car market, is secretly quite expensive. The car costs more than 12000 Euro.
That cars at the end cost a pile of money, is the reason that people aren’t buying cars fully irrational. Most take the resale value of a car seriously into account.
The depreciation of a car is primarily determined by its purchase…
In the German Democratic Republic, people didn’t have a lot of choices when buying a car. Between 1957 and 1989, every second car in the East Germany was a Trabant. Only the upper part of the communistic regime could choose a ‘premium’ car like a Volvo.
The East German state had a monopoly. On the capitalistic side, it was all about competition. But this is getting less and less true today.
De Romeinen wisten het al, “Brood en Spelen” zijn de basisbehoeften van het volk. Tegenwoordig is dit niet anders, hoewel je zou kunnen stellen dat tijdens de Coronacrisis die basisbehoeften eerder “Toiletpapier en Spelen” zijn…
En inderdaad ondanks dat kantoren dichtbleven, festivals werden afgelast en discotheken de deuren al na een paar dagen weer sloten, gingen de spelen door. Hierbij denk ik allereerst aan de Olympische Spelen, maar ook bijvoorbeeld aan het Europees kampioenschap voetbal. Gedurende de zomer vulden de stadions zich langzaam weer en afgelopen weekeinde vulden de tribunes van de Formule 1 in Zandvoort.
Niet iedereen was even…