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Hardcover | $29.95 Trade | £24.95 | 352 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 58 figures | September 2017 | ISBN: 9780262036665
eBook | $20.95 Trade | September 2017 | ISBN: 9780262341868
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Faster, Smarter, Greener

The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility


The twentieth century was the century of the automobile; the twenty-first will see mobility dramatically re-envisioned. Automobiles altered cityscapes, boosted economies, and made personal mobility efficient and convenient for many. We had a century-long love affair with the car. But today, people are more attached to their smartphones than their cars. Cars are not always the quickest mode of travel in cities; and emissions from the rapidly growing number of cars threaten the planet. This book, by three experts from industry and academia, envisions a new world of mobility that is connected, heterogeneous, intelligent, and personalized (the CHIP architecture).

The authors describe the changes that are coming. City administrators are shifting from designing cities for cars to designing cities for people. Nations and cities will increasingly employ targeted user fees and offer subsidies to nudge consumers toward more sustainable modes. The sharing economy is coaxing many consumers to shift from being owners of assets to being users of services. The auto industry is responding with connected cars that double as virtual travel assistants and by introducing autonomous driving.

The CHIP architecture embodies an integrated, multimode mobility system that builds on ubiquitous connectivity, electrified and autonomous vehicles, and a marketplace open to innovation and entrepreneurship. Consumers will exercise choice on the basis of user experience and efficiency, aided by “intelligent advisors,” accessible through their mobile devices.

An innovative mobility architecture reconfigured for this century is a social and economic necessity; this book charts a course for achieving it.

About the Authors

Venkat Sumantran is Chairman of Celeris Technologies, with more than thirty years of experience heading organizations in the auto industry in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Charles Fine is Chrysler LGO Professor at MIT Sloan and the Founding President of the Asia School of Business, Kuala Lumpur.

David Gonsalvez is CEO and Rector at MIT’s Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation.


“The auto industry is poised to usher in a new era where carmakers and cities will work as partners and transform urban mobility together. The authors have skillfully captured the drivers and the trajectory of this shift.”
Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance

“Building better, more efficient, more sustainable cities is the grandest of the many grand challenges facing us as the world embarks on the greatest era of city-building in its history. Faster, Smarter, Greener takes a deep dive into the challenges of mobility and sustainability facing the world and its cities today. It is a must-read for mayors, urban leaders, city leaders, and urbanists across the globe.”
Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class and The New Urban Crisis

“The automobile transformed cities in the twentieth century and is poised to do it again. There’s no one on the planet who I would trust more to explain this revolution than these authors. If you want to understand the connected, intelligent, and personalized future of urban transportation, and help shape it, then read this book.”
Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy; coauthor of Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future

“The world of mobility is changing dramatically. But where are we going? Faster, Smarter, Greener is a spirited explanation of where we have been, where we should be going, and what needs to happen to get us there. I found it fascinating and compelling.”
Jim Womack, coauthor of The Machine That Changed the World and The Future of the Automobile

“This is a book with deep insights and compelling recommendations to transform future mobility, and serves as a timely nudge to innovators, industries, and governments.”
Ram Charan, business advisor and bestselling author