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Remember the 1992 movie ‘Sneakers’ which was about computer hacking, unlocking secrets people aren’t supposed to know? The key statement from the movie is the dialogue between River Phoenix and Robert Redford: (start clip at 2:15) “So, it’s a code breaker”… “No! It is THE code breaker!”

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How come we’ve advanced so far in computing and personal communication, and achieved practically nothing in personal mobility? There is a striking resemblance between the two. Both are seen and measured in terms of networks, bandwidth, platforms and end-users. What is more obvious than to find a ‘code breaker’ to crack issues, find the key that unlocks what has been so closely guarded by car makers that they have forgotten what to look for. If networks resemble our road infrastructure and bandwidth stands for road width and throughput, then platforms are what providers such as Uber are working on. That leaves end-users; they are usually measured and charged in terms of demand, internet speed, throughput. In personal mobility, end-users are defined by the vehicle they’re using. Reduce EV footprint would lower demand on the electrical grid, have them qualify for a reduced tariff by their provider, take care of better throughput, and lead to zero-emission personal mobility that does not require billions in EV tax credits.

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