Michael Haines

Michael Haines

Michael Haines is the CEO of VANZI. He has held a wide variety of senior management and consulting roles across a range of industries, including: government, telecommunications, brewing, construction, consumer goods, car manufacturing, transport and logistics and more recently spatial, building information modelling and simulation.

Cars are expensive, and mostly sit idle. They are also risky and usually a pain to drive in traffic. Socially, the cost of accident damage and injury and congestion is in the trillions of dollars world-wide. So why do people buy cars? As a status symbol. For freedom. To express

The Wall Street Journal’s business editor  Dennis Bergman argued recently that  ‘local’ retailers (and by implication ‘local’ manufacturers) are at risk from on-line sales direct from Chinese Manufacturer. Maybe so, but perhaps this is not the greatest long term (10-20 years) threat to ‘traditional’ (bricks and clicks) retailing and manufacturing. And if

As car manufacturers start planning for driverless cars they want liability to reside with the owner – unlike Google which has taken a different tack. Welcome tot the world of adjustable ethics settings. That’s right, you get to choose who to kill. Patrick Linhas recently posted a piece in Wired

Google’s new driverless car is so dinky and limited to 40 kph — who would want to buy it? My guess is, not many people. But that’s not the point. The real question is: who would use it to take them from A to B on demand? My guess is

The recent IBM report called “Advancing Mobility: the new frontier of smarter transportation” is a useful overview of the state of the mobility industry. But it makes a fatal assertion: “Remember that the primary function of automotive companies is to make vehicles.” This assumption may well sink any broad-based car