The Future of the car and urban Mobility


“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;

co-author 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

Co-author 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

About The Book

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, i ntelligent, 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.

About Authors

Dr. Venkat Sumantran

Venkat Sumantran has spent over 30 years in the auto industry spanning USA, Europe and Asia. He is currently Chairman of Celeris Technologies and serves as advisor to many Fortune 100 corporations. He has founded and led organisations across the spectrum of autos, industrials, defence and information technology. He was Director of R&D for the GM-FIAT alliance in Europe and later served as chief executive of the car business at Tata Motors. Spanning the domains of industry and academia, he has served on the Science Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India. He is a member of the Board of Governors at the IIT Ropar and also an Adjunct Professor at MIT’s MISI. He is a Founder-Director of Chennai City Connect, a think-tank for urban stakeholders. He has a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s degree in Management of Technology.

Prof. Charley Fine

Charles H. Fine is the Chrysler LGO Professor at MIT Sloan and the founding President and Dean of the Asia School of Business in Kuala Lumpur, a collaboration between the MIT Sloan School and Bank Negara Malaysia. For over 30 years, Professor Fine has taught at MIT Sloan courses in Operations Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Quality Management, and Innovation. Professor Fine is the author of Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage, and articles on quality management, flexible manufacturing, supply chain management, and operations strategy. His current research connects operations excellence with the needs of entrepreneurial organizations

Prof. David Gonsalvez

David Gonsalvez is the CEO and Rector at the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI), an education and research center in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence Network (MIT SCALE). Earlier he was in charge of MIT’s Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) in Zaragoza, Spain. Prior to joining MIT’s Global SCALE Network, he had a 20+ year career at General Motors where he was Director of Global Supply Chain Strategy. Dr Gonsalvez has a B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Ohio State University


Date Location Book Launch/Conference Presentation

06 October,2019

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GITEX Technology Week

10 September,2019

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Shift Automotive

04 June,2019

636848103682966427.pngMontreal, Canada

World Summit on Sustainable Mobility

11 March,2019

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Driving Change: Cities as the new frontier for Mobility

30 October,2018

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10 October,2018

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Smart Mobility 2018 - Transforming Urban Mobility in India

02 October,2018

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FISITA World Automotive Congress

31 July,2018

636584192220786959.jpgTraverse City, MI. USA

Preparing For a Bold New Future

04 July,2018

636654411586293508.jpgLondon, UK.

The Way ahead for London's Roads and Streets

05 June,2018

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Morgan Stanley Annual Summit 2018

29 April,2018

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Faster, Smarter, Greener: The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility

17 January,2018

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Future of the Car and Urban Mobility

17 November,2017


Book Launch : ATDC - ELIXIRR

16 November,2017

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Conference: 2017 MIT Research and Development conference

09 November,2017


Conference: The Institute for Public Policy Research

08 November,2017


Book Launch: Elixirr

31 October,2017


Book Launch: E&YMumbai

30 October,2017

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Book Launch : The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

25 October,2017


Book Launch : MIT Scale labs

24 October,2017


Conference : SAE 19th Asia Pacific

20 October,2017

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Book Launch : Art Center College of Design

19 October,2017

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Book Launch :

16 October,2017

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Book Launch : 100 RC, Rockfeller Foundation

13 October,2017


Book Launch : University of Chicago

11 October,2017


Book Launch : NextEnergy

05 October,2017


Book Launch : World Resources Institute

01 October,2017


Conference : STS Forum discussion


Cities retool the mobility world CAR Management Briefing Seminars. Automotive News. 31 July 2018

In his new book, Faster, Smarter, Greener, Sumantran reports that greater intervention from local authorities is one of several changes shaping the transportation industry. Sumantran and his co-authors argue for a framework for a new world of mobility — one that is connected, heterogeneous, intelligent and personalized. Automotive News. 31 July 2018

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Les Echos L’intelligence collective au service de l’humanité - La révolution des mobilités

Avec cet ouvrage, apprécié notamment par Carlos Ghosn, on perçoit l’importance des métamorphoses pour "une humanité qui poursuit son voyage vers une meilleure qualité de vie"

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Changing gears The Businessline, published on December 3, 2017

A new book tracks how the e-revolution in auto industry is transforming the way we live and travel

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The Heterogeneous Future of Urban Mobility Atlantic CityLab, published on October 6, 2017

The telecommunications ecosystem has come a long way from land lines and fax machines. The field is now crowded with a schmorgasbord of options, from WhatsApp to Facetime to Skype to email. In Smarter, Faster, Greener Venkat Sumantran, Charles Fine, and David Gonsalvez envision a similar transformation of the urban mobility ecosystem in the coming years.

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Going Mobile: The Personalized, On-Demand Future of Urban Transportation MIT Sloan Management Review, published on October 5, 2017

Mobility has been the lifeblood of modern civilization. Throughout the 20th century, autos and the auto industry propelled human development, bringing unrivaled utility and flexibility to the way people move. The automobile forever altered urban and suburban landscapes, and the auto industry emerged as one of the largest sectors of the world economy. Yet the industry — which survived the Great Depression, two world wars, and a two-peaked oil “crisis” — now faces fundamental disruption.

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Post-COVID imperatives for the auto industry and urban mobility COVID-19 will impose a course correction that will be profound.

A 5-part series carried in The Businessline (May 2020) examining changes underway in the auto industry, supply chain, roadmap to electrification and urban transportation.

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Coping with two transformations in mobility The Hindu Businessline. 20 September, 2019

The two horizons of mobility transformation: the first via electrification and the second via a shift to a new mobility architecture are closely stacked and will significantly disrupt the auto industry as we know it.

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Faster, Smarter, Greener Interview at the 2018 CAR Management Briefing Seminars

Dr. V. Sumantran, Chairman of Celeris Technologies, discusses his new book - Faster, Greener, Smarter - the future of autos and urban mobility.

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Transforming urban mobility in India A 4-part feature in The Businessline

In this four-part series, we define the challenges, explore tools and opportunities for transforming mobility, propose a flexible framework for a sustainable mobility architecture, and examine its application in the context of a city.

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There’s a growing role for AI in future mobility AI and deep learning will become indispensable for future mobility,

As data and information play a rapidly growing role in mobility, AI and deep learning will become indispensable for the operation of our future mobility architecture

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The role for public policy and investment in shaping future urban mobility Transforming urban mobility requires a heightened role for public policy and investment

How can cities realise the potential of new technology – from journey planners to smart cities – to improve how we get around?

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Strategic choices for AV technologies and configurations Autonomous Vehicles and Urban Mobility

The kinds of technologies and vehicle configurations for autonomous vehicles.must be carefully aligned to evolving trends in urban mobility

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How to improve Boston’s infrastructure future

Mayor Marty Walsh and his team deserve a great deal of credit for creating an enlightened, forward-looking vision for Boston’s transportation future. The initiative Go Boston 2030 tackles a key challenge for the city: its aging mobility infrastructure.

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Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars The Guardian - Published on October 16, 2017

The spectre of our cities choking with unhealthy air has prompted numerous governments to mandate a transition to electric cars. Their concerns are well founded, even if their proposals fall short of what is needed.

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