From Phoenix Arizona all the way Tacoma, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and LA, the role of the automobile in the urban center is undergoing a revolution. Some, like LimeWire founder Mark Gorton(also a bicycling advocate), argue that cars have become logically obsolete in the modern American city, and that they do more harm than good. While we here at Vroom share Mark Gorton’s passion for urban bicycling and eco friendly urban centers, we also are fans of not throwing the baby out with the bathwater…and cars, we are fans of cars. We know that we don’t need to rid our cities of the motorized menace, but rather we need to design better vehicles which more appropriately operate within their intended habitat.
There is a concept in the world of technology and innovation known as the “Swiss Army Knife” effect. This is when one thing becomes many. A smart phone is the best example of this concept put into production. The automotive world has operated largely according to this principle as well, that being that versatility is king. BUT, what any informed student of technological innovation will tell you, is that outside of the world of smart phones and some other hand held devices, all innovation tends towards specialization. This is the natural path which humanity takes when it seeks to fulfill a specific need. As all other industries have long understood this principle, it has long been lost on the automotive world, but with a wealth of urban intended vehicles coming from the major design houses of the US, Germany, and Japan, as well as others, we are seeing a shift in the automotive industry.
In the same way that the industry has awoken to the need and demand for alternative and hybrid fuel vehicles, it is waking up to the increasing desire of the modern globalized human to simplify and specify. We know that we need a vehicle for specific purposes, and, for most of us, this need is for navigating and operating in a dense urban center. Phoenix Valley auto enthusiasts should plan on attending the Phoenix Arizona International Auto Show to learn about the most recent concepts and innovations in the area of the automobile and the urban future, taking place at the Phoenix Arizona Convention center over Thanksgiving weekend.