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OK - I kinda think Elon is an alien

Elon is coming to LV. He's the arguably most famous dynamic transportation innovator in the country / world right now. The world is lucky to have Elon. I am taking a little (after hours) time to share my thoughts on Elon.

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General Motors should have built the Model S. BMW should have built the Model S. Either company technically could have. But neither did, and it took someone with vision and the right resources to make it happen. Awesome! It's a major accomplishment. Producing 500 Model S cars / week - damn!

But the Model S only lightly leverages information communication technology (ICT) to create far more e cient and high performing transportation. With cities like Denver having an average of 1.1 people traveling in each car, it's safe to assume roughly every Model S is traveling 75% empty. Yes, not di erent than most cars in US, but still - the Model S (and conventional cars) are traveling at only a 20% load factor - a level of ine ciency an airliner could only operate at for one week before going out of business.

I nd irony when an entrepreneur makes hundreds of millions in ICT ventures, then comes to transportation and invests in essentially an old outdated model of mobility - the car ownership model. Elon has done that. Shai Agassi (Better Place) was essentially the same. (If billions were spent on Better Place battery swap infrastructure across the world, the day it was nally all installed, not one dollar would have gone to ease global urban tra c congestion, or to again leverage billions of smartphones and ICT to reduce the need for so many cars in the rst place).

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The high rollers that get the opportunity to leverage ICT to reinvent the movement of people (and ultimately goods) includes Sunil Paul (SideCar), Sean O'Sullivan (Avego / Car.ma), and Tony Hsieh (+Zach). From everything I have seen Elon say (and do), I don't think he gets it. And frankly, some don't.

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This is the car LA (+world) needs

TIME 4 SKINNY TESLA

but better looking | great price

So Elon has kicked ass and reinvented the powertrain of the conventional car. An obvious contribution to bettering the world. But not going as far as one could, like Project 100 is, to really improve things. One thing he could do (if focused on manufacturing) is build a "narrow" car, like the type I keep talking about. (Yes, the Nissan Land Glider type). The narrow or tandem car would be freeway capable and could be used in any city and any place a conventional car is - but 2 of the vehicles could travel in the space of one (mostly empty) conventional car. Most automakers don't have the balls to make this type of vehicle. There is concern about safety, but there could be a variety of ICT / telematic ap- proaches to reducing likeli- hood of collisions.

One LA resident writes:

What about sprawls?

This is the car LA (+world) needs TIME 4 SKINNY TESLA but better looking | great

within sprawls like Los Angeles? I commute by bus and train, have optimized my route as best as

possible, and it still takes me 70 minutes to go about 20 miles (freeway equivalent).

I'd like to see the splitting of a few freeway lanes in half and using them for commuting only in one passenger vehicles like the Tango (or something less expensive) or motor- cycles. Dedicated lanes for small light vehicles would make people more comfortable commuting in them and would be a nice incentive to travel more

This is the car LA (+world) needs TIME 4 SKINNY TESLA but better looking | great

and energy).

The narrow car has far better aerodynamics, and saves a lot of energy as a result. They carry 2 people, enough capacity

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for most trips. With our cities becoming populated with many new carsharing services, upsizing from a narrow car to a larger car when needed is very feasible. Building a Tesla narrow car would be a major contribution to the improved livability of our cities and is a substantial business opportunity.

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HYPERLOOP

made this open source which

He's

Nothing but good for the world will come from Elon's work in this topic so far.

Maybe I'm wrong.

is some indication to me he's less interested in business opportunity.

Airplanes are often not the best way to travel

That's great.

Hyperloop begins to look at solving the airline question.

is drive in their

What they do everyday,

once in a while.

only take a plane

But for me, most people

city someplace. And so as the Hyperloop looks to long range travel, urban mobility is still not in Elon's "design studio".

long distances.

Perhaps the conversation with Elon will be around S

elf Driving Cars?

(There are two main approaches

to

SDC (1) ultimate cruse control - SDC tech on BMW that

let's the driver let go of the wheel and pedals on

freeway travel. And (2) the "robo-cab" approach

where cars come to people needing rides. Again,

Daimler saying they are not even working on SDC

tech for inner-city travel - to chaotic). But as an

EV maker, building a narrow car is the single most

valuable thing he could do to advancing

mobility

in US / world and building Tesla into mobility

(vehicle supplier) giant.

DOUBLE DECKER FREEWAYS - FLUNK!

MARS CANDY BAR

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Lastly, it's great Elon wants to go to Mars.

But if we humans

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well on Mars.

The place is far away.

Yet it's not anything in the larger

scheme of things.

Consider if you travel at the speed of light

(186,000 miles per SECOND), it will take you

1,000 years to

travel from one end of the GALAXY we

are in to the other.

Fuck!

Elon needs education in comprehensive

mobility

solutions.

I was at an event in Santa Monica where

Elon was talking.

The issue of congestion came up.

He said he knew all about it, and that his commute

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answer was we should begin building double

decker

freeways.

He thought the technology was improving

and costs would be less.

So, there we are in 75% empty

Teslas (and other cars), now on a second level as well.

But it makes me wonder. What about the arterial

streets that are clogged all over LA now as well.

Do we double decker those.

world, but no one is perfect.

Guys, Elon is a gift to the

He simply doesn't get ICT

mobility all that well. Perhaps you can help him understand.

And we have so much need

to redesign how we live here

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moon, the singer poet Gil Scott Heron sang; "My sister Nell

got bit by a RAT, while Whitey

is on the Moon"! I'm not

saying don't explore space, but damn we could be making

things so much better here.

in advancing mobility, business, and human development, If Elon was really interested he'd turn his attention
in advancing mobility, business, and human development,
If Elon was really interested
he'd turn his attention to a
technology called "Suspended Monorails". They
travel slower, about 150 mph (faster maglev models could be
developed). They make sense in many of our cities now, as they will coast about 1/4 of light rail.
The fact they
are elevated keeps tracks (or roads) being put down that divide existing neighborhoods. They allow urban mobility

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Or, put both the Narrow Car together with advanced transit and develop a DUAL MODE Tesla
Or, put both the Narrow Car
together
with advanced transit
and develop a DUAL MODE
Tesla mobility
system

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The End

Or rather than spending so many resources to go to space, why not help the billions of people on Earth to better visualize they ARE IN SPACE!