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Huy Tran had always dreamed of becoming a mayor, ever since he was a child growing up in the crowded and chaotic streets of Da Nang, Vietnam’s fourth-largest city. He loved his hometown, but he also saw its problems: traffic congestion, air pollution, lack of public transportation, and unequal access to opportunities and services. He wanted to make a difference, to improve the quality of life for his fellow citizens, and to showcase Da Nang as a model of innovation and sustainability.
He got his chance in 2050, when he ran for office on a bold platform of urban transformation, promising to leverage the latest technologies and partnerships to create a smart, green, and inclusive city. He won by a landslide, thanks to his charisma, vision, and grassroots support. He knew he had a lot of work to do, but he also had a secret weapon: his childhood friend and former classmate, Lan Nguyen.
Lan Nguyen was a technology entrepreneur and a prodigy. She had dropped out of college to start her own company, Spark, which specialized in developing artificial intelligence, biometrics, and blockchain solutions for various sectors. She had made a fortune and a reputation by creating innovative products and services, such as a smart bracelet that could monitor health and wellness, a digital identity system that could verify and protect personal data, and a decentralized platform that could facilitate peer-to-peer transactions and governance. She had also invested in social and environmental causes, such as education, health care, and renewable energy. She shared Huy’s passion for Da Nang, and agreed to help him with his ambitious agenda.
One of the first projects they launched was a collaboration with Zero, a cutting-edge manufacturing company that specialized in producing modular, lightweight, and eco-friendly vehicles. Zero had a revolutionary approach to mobility, using 3D printing, nanomaterials, and robotics to create customized and adaptable vehicles that could fit any need and terrain. Zero’s vehicles were powered by solar, wind, and hydrogen, and could communicate with each other and the infrastructure through a smart network. Zero had already established a presence in Da Nang, building a factory and a showroom in the city’s industrial zone, and attracting customers and admirers with its sleek and futuristic designs.
Huy, Lan, and Zero decided to work together to create a new transportation system for Da Nang, one that would reduce congestion, emissions, and costs, and increase accessibility, efficiency, and convenience. They called it Flex, and it was based on three principles: modularity, adaptability, and affordability.
Modularity meant that the vehicles could be assembled and disassembled according to the user’s preference and purpose, using different modules that could attach and detach easily. For example, a user could choose a single-seat module for a solo trip, a four-seat module for a family outing, a cargo module for a delivery, or a bike module for a leisure ride. The modules could also be combined and reconfigured to form larger or smaller vehicles, such as a bus, a truck, or a car. The modules were stored and distributed in various hubs around the city, where users could access them through a smart app that scanned their biometric bracelet and their digital identity.
Adaptability meant that the vehicles could adjust to the road conditions and the traffic patterns, using artificial intelligence and sensors to optimize their performance and safety. For example, the vehicles could switch between autonomous and manual modes, depending on the user’s preference and the situation. They could also change their shape and size, depending on the space and the speed. They could also communicate with each other and the infrastructure, such as traffic lights, signs, and cameras, to coordinate their movements and avoid collisions.
Affordability meant that the vehicles were accessible and inexpensive for the majority of the population, using a blockchain-based platform that enabled peer-to-peer sharing and payment. For example, users could rent, lend, or sell their modules to other users, earning credits or tokens that they could use to access other modules or services. They could also join or create communities of users with similar interests or needs, such as commuters, students, or seniors, and pool their resources and preferences to optimize their mobility. They could also participate in the governance and maintenance of the system, by voting, reporting, or volunteering, and receive rewards or incentives for their contributions.
Flex was a success, transforming Da Nang into a more accessible, efficient, and inexpensive city to navigate. It also had positive impacts on other aspects of the city, such as the environment, the economy, and the society. It reduced the carbon footprint and the noise pollution of the city, by using clean and renewable energy sources and reducing the number of vehicles on the road. It boosted the local economy and the innovation ecosystem, by creating jobs, businesses, and opportunities for the residents and the entrepreneurs. It fostered social cohesion and inclusion, by connecting people from different backgrounds, cultures, and abilities, and enabling them to access education, health care, and culture.
Huy, Lan, and Zero were hailed as heroes and visionaries, and their project was recognized as a model of urban transformation and sustainability. They continued to work together to improve and expand Flex, and to launch other initiatives to make Da Nang a smart, green, and inclusive city. They also inspired and influenced other cities and countries to follow their example, and to embrace the future of mobility and urbanism.