Micromobility explores the disruption to urban transport that comes from new electric, lightweight utility vehicles. Using the history of computing as a framework, we unpack how e-bikes, scooters and more will change how people get around cities.

Hosted by Oliver Bruce and Horace Dediu.

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22: Micromobility Standards - what are they and why do they matter?

February 28, 2019 at 9:00PM • 55 minutes • Wiki Entry

In this episode, Horace and Oliver discuss vehicle standards and classifications based on Horace's recent discussions with the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Specifically, we cover:
- what are automotive standards, why are they important, and how does this change how we look at the world?
- the history of the term 'microcomputing' and how the significance of this faded away over time, and what parallels we might be able to see with mobility.
- how is the SAE thinking about classifying micromobility vehicles, and what are the likely implications of this.
- what variables regulators should be thinking about when looking at vehicles, and which they should avoid (hint: speed)
- what value the German system for classifying low-powered electric vehicles could offer globally.
- the parallels to Horace's time at Nokia, and how he foresaw the rise of the battle of iOS and Android.

As always, let us know what you think - @oliverbruce and @asymco on Twitter.

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