Bespoke EVs & Zen Identities

Italian EV startup XEV was founded by an industrial designer. Its flagship product, YoYo, a 3-D printed, electric, 2-seat, city runabout sees touches of design thinking:

  • The skin (panels, dashboard, trim) of the car is customisable and changeable.
  • Customers can pick a factory, third party or own design.
  • Third party design store to be available (like wordpress themes marketplace).

  • The batteries can be charged or swapped.
  • A mobile battery swapping service will be offered.
  • For situations where charging facilities can't be found or are occupied.

  • Car printed in 3 days (just slightly longer than standard factory production)
  • No moulds, stamping or production line required, thus saving costs
  • Only 57 parts vs up to 30,000 in standard cars

  • Micro EVs like YoYo could be in a race with self-driving cars.
  • If vehicle is almost like a bike, there would be less need for self-driving.
  • EVs and self-driving could be accelerated with municipal help: eg. only micro EVs and self-driven vehicles allowed into the city centre during the day.

SSenStone is working on advanced identification systems. There is a trend of credit cards to not show its number, only the card holder's name and issuer. What if we apply this principle to identity cards and be even more radical by removing even the name, with only the issuer ('country') and purpose ('identity card') printed on the card.

What Does It Solve
  • Folks loaded with loans by the use of a photocopy of their ID.
  • Data leaks showing names, ID numbers, addresses, phones, email.
  • Scammer, spam calls, lost ID cards reused, and many other issues.

How Does It Work I
  • When you apply for a phone service using your numberless ID card, a one-time, generated ID number is given to the phone company, and nothing else. If you apply for a phone service at another telco, it will be given another one-time ID number.
  • The telco sends this ID number to a server (government or third party) that validates it confirming that you are a citizen and not barred from phones.
  • You may optionally release more info but by default the telco cannot ask for more or deny you the service or degrade it if you do not wish to give up any more info.

How Does It Work II
  • You are to sit for an exam and your identity needs to be checked.
  • Without a photo or name in your ID card, how could the invigilator do this?
  • Via a handheld reader that can read the numberless ID card and which can verify your thumbprint and additionally show your photo and name for the invigilator to do a double check.

  • The numberless, nameless and photoless ID card above is a thought exercise.
  • There are many practical issues to be ironed out if it is really used this way.