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The automotive industry is creating the most energy efficient cars and trucks ever manufactured. While our new eco-efficient drive trains are fantastic, the cars are still much larger than they need to be for most trips. This results in an inefficient use of land for mobility. In our new Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) age, there is an opportunity to create a new type of narrow car that carries two passengers and couple them with car sharing services for when the consumer needs a vehicle with greater capacity.

Consumers are being offered so many new mobility services to replace owning a large car, and online shopping is being delivered to one's home in an increasing level as well. These are changing the needs of what kind of car a consumer might own. Could a consumer own a small near car and rent the bigger vehicles when needed? This could be an emerging new model.

If we can simply open a door in our home, enter our office and 20 minutes later, open our office door and be at a restaurant for a meeting with a colleague, do we ever lose time to travel? In our upcoming future of autonomous vehicles and augmented reality, will we live in a world similar to the movie - the Matrix, where we simply go from one large “box” we live in to another simply by opening a door - at the appropriate time?

Future communities are meant for people and not for cars. Streets will be dominated by pedestrians and bicycles and the design of vehicles will be modified so that it takes up less street space. These micro-mobility vehicles will help residents to connect to and from transit. But the main question is – can these future communities cost less than the ones today?

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How are we moving people from point A to point B?
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