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Driverless Car Revolution

When sitting with clients to discuss investment ideas, I try to zero in on long term disruptive technologies. Not fads, but mega trends. These are ideas and concepts that will be sustainable beyond our lifetimes.

No doubt by now you have heard talk of driverless cars, but perhaps you haven’t considered the incredible ramifications of this technology. So take a minute if you will to read the following report from the Financial Times, and perhaps sit through the excellent accompanying video.

Here’s a little snippet from the link below…

“Driverless cars could allow cities to cut vehicle numbers by about 90 per cent while transporting the same number of people. They will bring us enormous benefits:

• Driverless cars will reduce accidents by around 90 per cent, predicts Pascal Demurger, director-general of French insurer MAIF. That’s big — the annual death toll on the world’s roads is about 1.2 million a year, or double the toll from armed conflict and homicides combined.

• Pollution and carbon emissions will drop, because urban driverless cars will be electric.

• The old, the disabled and teenagers will suddenly gain mobility.

• People will save fortunes by ditching their cars…”

Financial Times Link: driverlesscarrevolution

Toyota issues ‘Green Bonds’ to help investors finance growth of hybrid vehicle market

New ‘green bonds’ bonds will allow companies such as Toyota to get better financing mechanisms in place for getting their hybrid, electric and alternative energy cars out to the masses.

See more here… http://cleantechfinance.net/energy-finance-policy/toyota-issues-highly-demanded-green-bonds-drive-efficient-vehicles/

Germany sets new record for renewable energy generation

On one day last week, Germany generated 75% of their daily energy needs from renewable energy sources!

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http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/05/13/3436923/germany-energy-records/

Buying a home as an investment?

Yale economist Robert Shiller won the Nobel Prize last year, and in this interview he shares his views on whether a home makes a good investment. He predicts real home prices (adjusted for inflation) may decline for the next 30 years!

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The Degrowth Paradigm – A radio program that ran recently on CBC

Here is a very interesting program that ran recently on CBC Radio.  Degrowthers believe we need a more modest and sane alternative to the constant pressures of expansion that are destroying the ecological basis of our existence.

http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2013/12/10/the-degrowth-paradigm/#igImgId_83174

Solar Energy Insights – from one of the world’s leading entrepeneurs

Solar roofElon Musk is one of the world’s great innovators and it might be worth paying attention to his views on solar energy…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/01/16/elon-musks-five-insights-into-solar-energy/

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