Horace Dediu and Jim Zellmer discuss the politics, processes and possibilities of cars in light of: 1. Young people deferring drivers licenses. 2. The growth of car sharing. 3. Practical alternative power trains. 4. Urbanization. 5. Increased Congestion. 6. Driverless cars. 7. Rise of the "App Economy".

Hosted by Horace Dediu and Jim Zellmer.

#40: Supply Chain Sovereign

August 10, 2017 at 3:00PM • 55 minutes

Does the automotive supply chain drive strategy? What are the new product implications of legacy supply chains? Are organizations bound to supply chain practices? Does Toyota's supply chain structure give them a market advantage?

Why does the Fiat 500's CarPlay work well, but a Chrysler Minivan not at all?

#39: Episode 39

June 16, 2017 at 9:00PM • 55 minutes

Steve Anderson joins us for a deep dive into the two wheel (powered) world.

We discuss the cultural, safety, legal and engineering aspects of motorcycles and their smaller cousins.

A reflection on the Segway closes our conversation

#38: Four Wheel Talisman?

June 3, 2017 at 4:00PM • 54 minutes

Would you buy this car?

We begin with a discussion of recent announcements and deal making. Horace questions our four wheel obsession and wonders if the next platform origin might surprise us.

The Economist recently asserted that data is the new oil.

We consider this statement in light of recent consortiums, from automotive linux to maps and data sharing schemes.

We note Asymcar's fourth anniversary and reflect a bit on earlier shows, including Richard Marks Eco-V (Asymcar 8) and David Levinson (Asymcar 7).

#37: Asymcar 37: Dark Matter Innovation

December 13, 2016 at 7:00PM • 59 minutes

Does place matter?

We consider geography, the hype cycle and S curves while reflecting on what is perhaps, at present a "phoney war"(1).

Does geography play a role in disruption? Are "hyped" optics necessary for the new new thing?

What skills are required for disruptive innovation in and around the auto ecosystem? How do cycle times (2) color our outlook?

A good conversation.

  1. The Phoney War.

  2. Cycle Time.

#36: New, or Better?

October 5, 2016 at 7:00PM • 59 minutes

Cycle times loom larger in the clash of the automotive and smartphone eco-systems. We reflect on BMW's i brand again, while the company appears to retrench and focus on their legacy facilities and cars.

We divert a bit into a discussion of new vs better and the business strategy supporting such choices.

Finally, financialization looms, perhaps an opening during the next downturn.

the last 5 minutes disappeared into the ether.. sorry.

#35: Asymcar 35: We are all Germans

August 16, 2016 at 9:00AM • 1 hour 4 minutes

Can utility companies be recruited to help sell Electric Vehicles when they reward their customers for using less electricity?

This plus the paradoxes of innovations in distribution, sales, regulation and the 1959/1960 Henney Kilowatt.

#34: The Empire Strikes Back

June 8, 2016 at 9:00PM • 1 hour 1 minute

Joe Rosmann shares his experience and perspective on our changing transportation system - "the most regulated industry we have".

Joe begins with three points:

  1. Car costs continue to grow

  2. Smartphones. Consumers can make dynamic real time choices about the best way to go from a to b 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (see the City Mapper app).

  3. Autonomous vehicles can make lives safer and faster.

We close and reflect on Joe's assertion that "Algorithms are going to become regulatory mandated standards".

#33: Concept, Outcome and Pivot

May 6, 2016 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 9 minutes

Sam Abuelsamid reflects on the origins of BMW's i program, today's economics and the application of lessons learned.

We veer into supply chain details and consider the path that the legacy automakers have chosen.

The show closes with a discussion of Apple's entry assets, supply chain power and business model evolution.

#32: Asymcar 32: Running the Numbers

May 6, 2016 at 1:00PM • 54 minutes

Anton Wahlman joins us as we dive into numbers, production curves and the clash between reality, vision and hubris over autonomous cars

Tesla's "financial equation" merits much discussion interspersed with reflections on an EV landscape littered with government subsidies.

We close with accounting, including a dissertation on variable costs and the burden of "dealerless" car sales.

#31: Better to Go Slow....

April 18, 2016 at 7:00PM • 53 minutes

We dive into the new thing. Can a well known brand do something new? Must the new thing stand alone? Must it have a new name, a new distribution model?

We evaluate BMW's "i" initiative from both a strategic and tactical perspective. BMW, Ford and the other automakers have not a small number of new products and services, apart from traditional cars.

Jobs to be done appears again, as Horace expresses his single pedal "serenity" in traffic.

We close with a few quotes from Ford CEO Mark Fields.