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Pop Tops The Car Of Our Future

Let’s face it, self-driving-electric cars are on the way and they will be here. No matter how much we are scared of them we will like them you know why? We’ll get our time back. All that time driving every where we’ll get to do the things we really want to do in a car like text people.

Here’s the idea. What if your car could be better suited for what you liked or wanted to do?

In this case. You might own the chassis and the tops are inter-changeable. Maybe you have a top for your every day use but what if you where going to take a long over night trip. You could get in your sleeper car and wake up in the town you wanted to go too. So why not have a car or a “Pop Top” that is designed for sleeping? You can even bring your high thread count sheets and your favorite pillow!

The chassis sits in your driveway with the standard top on it.  You can order your temp “Pop Top” online and the sleeper car delivers itself.  By yet another self-driving chassis.  I can even pick up your “Pop Top” and take it back for servicing and cleaning.

You car lifts up and off the chassis.

The chassis drives away…

…and under the sleeper car “Pop Top”.  The delivery chassis takes off to make another delivery.  This could all be automatic and you wouldn’t have to do a thing.  Wouldn’t that be a great use of your time?  You could spend more time doing whatever you want.

You could even have a “Pop Top” that’s a mobile office.  It could be custom just for you or a team.  This might be useful for many jobs, giving you an office right on site.  Yeah the windows could blacked out too…Say you’d rather bike to work but you live 40 miles away.  Well you own a sports model “Pop Top” and have a mobile gym.  You could put in 10 miles while you ride to your office.  Don’t worry you won’t have to power the car but maybe you can capture some of the power?  Yes the bike is mounted in there so you won’t fall over.

So keeping that in mind our cars should be as flexible as the things we want to do in them. In the future we might just rent the tops and be more interested in what we do in them than what we do with them.

Another thing to consider with self-flying-drones that will haul people around in 60 years we won’t even need roads and then we can grind up all that concrete to build mega cities… but I’ll save that for another post.

If you want my data, you need to give me something.

I think if you’re going to mine my data you need to give me something in return.  No, I don’t mean 20% off, some special access code or even points.  I mean something that makes my life better or easier.  Give me my time back to do the thing I really want to do.

Make My Life Better!

Marketers, if you can make my life better you’ll get better data that will make my life even better and make me a more loyal customer.  After all isn’t that what you really want my loyalty, my brand loyalty?  Here’s 2 examples of how you could expand your data mining to produce products and services that will make me spend more money and feel better about me handing over the information you deem so valuable to advertisers.

My 2 ideas center around food, and caring about your family and friends.

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Your Grocery Store

Let me start with a simple trip to a grocery store.  Yes many stores offer loyalty cards that track my every purchase and might, I mean MIGHT give me relevant coupons for my next visit.  I have news for you I rarely look at those and to me they are a waste of paper.  I’m sure to some people they are not.  I get too many receipts throughout the day, just get rid of them.  But a better use of the receipt would be to make it digital.  Then it could talk to other apps like “My Fitness Pro” that helps you keep track of your food intake.

Okay we’ve really been dealing with deep data mining for more than a few years now. Now it’s time to put it to good use.  Here’s how my grocery store can make my life better.

Here’s what you know .

  1. You know who I am.
  2. You know what I buy.
  3. You know when I buy it.
  4. And about what time I might be coming into the store.

Look this is just a small example of what you really know about be me but is never put to good use.

Offer These Services

  1. Cart Service
  2. Meal Options
  3. Upgrades
  4. Health Tracking

Cart service?  Have a cart ready for me when I come into the store with most of the things I buy based on my history.  It can have anywhere from 30 to 90% of the products I normally buy every week.  You might even send me a text alert that says want all these?  Then I check off all the things I don’t.  When I walk in that Saturday afternoon.  I grab the cart that my phone directs me too.  Most of my shopping is done!

Guess what I have time for?  More shopping.  More shopping for things I wouldn’t normally have time for because I really, really just want to get my stuff and get out of there.  Because yes I have better things that I’d rather be doing than spending my day at the store.  I like eating but I’m not a foodie.  I might linger at that soda or chip display.  Pick an more expensive meat or look at that thing I’ve never tried.  I might even partake in the sampler displays because I have more time or more interest in trying something new.  Maybe now they should show my how to cook something new?

Meal Options. What can I make with all the stuff I have and regularly buy?  Believe me I don’t know.  I’m lucky if I happen to run across something that looks good on Pinterest that mentions a food I know I have.  This makes my life better how?  I hate spending time figuring out what I should eat this week.  I spend a lot of my time being creative and food is not one of those things I want to be creative with. But if my local store could offer me suggestions based on what I buy that would be helpful. There might be 5 different meals I could make with what I have that I don’t even know about.  You could even dial in your dietary requirements to pick better foods and recipes.  That doesn’t mean I won’t buy the junk food.

Upgrades or Upsell.  Now here’s the perfect upsell. “Did you know if you bought these [Insert Item Here] you could make up to 10 more different meals?  This is all database information that could be instantly paired up with my purchases that could make my life easier.

Drill deeper

Now now that you can start predicting those details.  What other things you could predict?  How much salt I go through and when I’ll need more.  I could plug in my diet restrictions and you could really build menus for me.  And yes put that in the cart.

To me this seems like a real opportunity for companies like food, health and lifestyle to really work together and create services to make our lives better.

You can read part 2 here, it’s about Hallmark

Drive with a view

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I can’t be the only on who hates being behind an 18 wheeler in a town you don’t know and I can’t read the street signs because of the wheeled wall in front of you.

So here’s the idea.

Mount low cost flexible video screens on the back doors of trailer trucks. Someday soon these screens will be able to go on to surfaces like this just like a giant sticker or wallpaper.

The front of the truck has a camera lens with a similar view a car might have traveling behind the truck. (In a perfect world the lens would change based on the rear car distance.)

From the Drivers POV you can see and read what’s in front of the truck almost like wasn’t even there. The trailer door latches and mechanical parts are still visible so it doesn’t totally disconnect drivers from reality.

Now the question is, do you cover the whole trailer to improve the view from all directions?

My Super Train

I’m inspired by Elon Musk and he’s rethinking our transportation future. So here’s the start of the train system I’m designing. I’ll call it the Zip Train for now.

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I’ll post a full breakdown of the project soon.

Google Car, YES PLEASE

People say they have freedom in their cars. Well, you can’t text, read books, talk on your cell phone and now the latest study says even singing in the car is distracting enough that it makes it unsafe to drive. Maybe we were never really meant to drive. Sure people say they like their driving time to unwind, cool down or just relax. Honestly what the heck is relaxing about it anyway? Driving at 70 miles an hour just to keep up with everyone else and you hope everyone else is paying at least half as much attention as you are.

Yeah we can go anywhere we want. But is that freedom? Please Google save us! I’ve read more than a few blogs that people think this is taking away our freedom. If you live in an urban area and drive more than 30 minutes to work or to the store. You’ll realize what’s taking our freedom isn’t self driving cars it’s the traffic we have to sit in EVERY day.

I enjoy cars, fancy car, hot rods and custom jobs but driving is the biggest waste of time I can think of and it isn’t getting any better. Maybe you can work at home but you still have to get out and go place at some point.

So I thought I’d sit down and see if I could come up with list of how our lives will change when we really have Google self driving cars. Believe me I’m all in so sign me up NOW Google!

 

The LIST

 

  1. Yes, Most people will have sex while riding in a Google Car theres no getting around that…
  2. Senior Citizen never have to get a drivers license again and will no longer lose their independence and freedom again. Plus the car will always bring them home.
  3. I can get a lot of extra sleep.
  4. Spend more time writing dumb ideas down like this on my Google Drive while Google is Driving me around.
  5. Watch movies.
  6. If your car needs maintenance it can go get it on its own.
  7. While you’re at work your car can run errands for you. ( Okay just think about the service industry that could rise out of something like this. My car sends a signals to a store and says it’s out front waiting for whatever it is you sent it for. )
  8. You’ll always have rock star parking because your car will let you off at the door. ( guess we’ll get fatter)
  9. If you’re sick your car can take you to the doctor.
  10. You’ll never need to ask a friend to take you to the airport.
  11. Or PAY for airport parking AGAIN.
  12. You could leave on a trip right after work and sleep in the car and wake up in time for that longer family visit. I would love this for visiting family in Kansas City
  13. Would we still even need road signs or waste money making them?
  14. No more speeding tickets ever.
  15. No more tailgaters.
  16. No more parking violations. Does your car even need to park? See no. 14
  17. The car always knows when you need to be picked up.
  18. Never late for a meeting again. GPS+Car knows where it’s going. It starts honking.
  19. Drop off and pick up the kids from school.
  20. Maybe Stop Lights could go away too?
  21. Less street lights. Less light pollution, more stars at night, more energy conserved.
  22. Now you can really wait till the last minute to do your grooming for the day. Maybe your whole car can look like a make-up room.
  23. You can finally finish reading that novel, newspaper, paperback, or magazine without killing yourself or other people.
  24. Less big trucks in the city as smarter smaller trucks (sst) nimbly drive and deliver their contents to merchants. ( this could mean more people to maintain more agile fleets of cars and delivery vehicles. )
  25. When you’re not using your car it can be loaned out to other people, maybe for a small fee.
  26. Your car can get its own gas, unless it’s electric.
  27. Your car can be the tour guide while you enjoy the view.
  28. No more bad teenage drivers.
  29. Insurance rates go down.
  30. No need for large parking lots
  31. No more Gapers BLOCK EVER, History, Nada!
  32. Someday when I get my silent electric #Google car I’ll get to pick what the custom engine sound will be. I choose Sebulbas Podracer.
  33. Cars can be road quality control inspectors. Every little bump, dip, rough patch, slick spot, tight turn can be mapped and analyzed back a home base for improvements the the next road update.
  34. Autopilot Google cars will mean Street View could be REAL TIME!
  35. Will we still need painted street lines.
  36. The view will be much better. No rear view mirrors, or side mirrors. Just a more open view to enjoy.
  37. Your car already knows where all the construction is going on and AVOIDS it. You don’t even have to think about it.
  38. Since your car might have a better idea where it’s going to be when it gets there, it could reserve parking spaces. That is if you still need them.
  39. If your car can even get stolen it can come back home on its own. It would be neat if it could report the perps too.
  40. Cars will go much faster than they do today.
  41. The elderly will never crash through storefront again.
  42. Maybe really spend some time with your family.

A new kind of Personal Assistant

I see this as a major game changer and really allows us to take back that last little chunk of time that eats away our days and weeks just getting around. The other thing here is the about of other technologies, services and opportunities this will open up.

Automated harvesting.
Other uses for this technology. Normal, roadside farming of foods and renewable fuels. If the harvesters could be smaller and guided by GPS and Google navigation technology we could have smaller far more efficient harvesters that could cultivate and harvest the switchgrass in a simpler, faster more efficient manor? Maybe the cars could harvest their own raw materials for power?

Shipping and receiving.
I envision someday that big trucks will be a thing of the past. Well in fact they might even be more like trains. But trains would be the root of the the distribution then go to 18 wheelers ever smaller transportation devices as the deliverer get smaller and smaller. Our inner city roads and intersections are not designed for these giant 18 wheelers to to be going through town. And I certainly don’t think we need to tear up every street corner to accommodate those large trucks. But a new smaller, automated method might make things simpler and less congested.

Jobs.
The scary thing is this could impact a lot of jobs. Like Taxi drivers and truckers. But maybe that will mean they will become more entrepreneurial? Could they just buy the 5 or 10 cars themselves and find new ways to outsource the drudgery of driving? But it could also spring up a whole new service industry. The people that load and talk to your cars and trucks when they show up to pick up your groceries or run your errands. It might also make things more pleasant for people to take care of certain tasks in their life if all they have to do is click a checkbox off on their smartphone and their car takes care of the task.  Maybe cars and trucks will have hands and arms in the future too…

Now we have the opportunity to have the second wave of mechanical personal assistance that can help make the most out of our ever increasingly cramped day. Is driving a skill we’ll even miss or need?  True independence is on the way.  I hope we can embrace it.

Phone Concepts

Here are some phone ideas I came up with for a contest a while back.

 

The Butterfly

The Butterfly opened up well like a butter fly with a seamless screen.  It’s another take on the flip out phone.  designed to stay small in your pocket but almost unfolds to become a mini tablet.

 

The Flex

With flexible screen this phone becomes a fashion statement.  Just think the screen savers could be any favorite watch or design you like could even match your outfit.  It flexes around your wrist to become a bracelet so you don’t forget the unwraps to become a low profile message system.  With a split graphic keyboard so your hands don’t cover the text area.

These were some designs I did for a contest a while back.  I can’t for the life of me remember how I took those pictures.

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