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86. When we combine the driverless car with the minimalistic home — that’s when it gets really interesting

August 4th, 2026.

It’s 08.00.

Outside your window, the sun is shining on Berlin rooftops. You may be Belgian, but since you work from home (everything is digital these days, and as an accountant working from home makes sense), it’s no problem that you’ve chosen to live here. Your apartment may be small, but it still contains all you need; your bed, your office space, your bookshelves, bathroom, kitchen, relaxation space and the litter box for your cat. It’s small, but it’s home, and many people all over the world make due with less — hell, you did as well, when you were a student, right?

After all, a restaurant just outside Paris sounds pretty appealing, right?

Because you’re no longer in Berlin, but on the outskirts of Paris. And what’s more, you no longer live in Berlin, but in Paris. While you’ve been inside your apartment from 9 — 18.30, your apartment has driven itself the roughly one thousand kilometers that separate Berlin and Paris. All you have to do is plug it into the local electricity and sewage system, and you’re a Paris resident.

Say what?

How does an apartment drive? Simple. It’s a autonomous vehicle (AV). Except it’s not shaped like a car, as we understand them now, but as a mobile home. Like a well-equipped trailer home, but with its own motor power, and its own digital driver.

It’s also about rethinking vehicles.

Autonomous Vehicles (“driverless cars”) are going to transform our lives. We all know they’re not just coming, but are here already, and that they will have massive, global impact on how the world works. Not in 50 years, but in five or ten.

The difference this time is that I’m writing it down.

Probably the same nothing will happen (I’m sure other people have thought of this before, and thinking of it and doing it are two very different things), but at least I’ll be able to look back some years in the future and say “Huh… I actually saw that coming!”.

Hindsight is the sweetest (and sometimes only) victory. ;-)

So, on to the core idea

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  1. Connect it to a truck. That’s how it gets transported around, after all.
  2. Make the truck driverless.
  3. Now, make the trailer and the truck one unit instead of separate.
  • There are even more transportable homes in development.
  • There are already AVs that can safely navigate roads.
  • It’s just a matter of combining those technologies.

I don’t know when it’ll happen, but I’m quite confident that it will happen.

And while it won’t be possible for everyone to live a life like I’ve just described, it will be for some. Anyone whose work is digital or not location specific, can theoretically become a nomad already. But most of us like to have a base. This is a way of making that base mobile.

And the consquences of that are going to be crazy.

Instead of having a summer house in Southern France, you just have one house — and then when you want to go on vacation, you take your house with you.

Director at The College of Extraordinary Experiences, Coach at McKinsey & Founding Partner at The Global Institute For Thought Leadership. Author of 31 books.

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