SolarPeds - Implications beyond commerce

11th May 2051 

The introduction of SolarPeds five years back was greeted with scepticism by the AWT industry. ToMa was the well entrenched global leader in all segments. The consolidation in auto industry which started at the turn of the century had been spreading like rapid fire across the spectrum of the industry which had historically been diversified across transportation means. And this consolidation had really paid rich dividends to the conglomerates.

Just a decade ago, ToMa had decisively won the round against world governments and succeded in overturning legislations it deemed harmful to the AWT industry. SolarPeds have changed the game and seem to be world governments way of getting back at ToMa. (Priority Entry to all public buildings for SolarPed walkers - WorNet News - 23rd Jan 2051).

Ironically, the origins of SolarPeds from Bahmko-Vale, was ushered in by ToMa's refusal to reverse the stoppage of hybrids production. The energy balloon crisis caused by the earlier version hybrids gave ToMa a ready reason to refuse to let go of its traditional production line of AWTs.

The events which favored ToMa and allowed it to rise to the heights of corporate leadership so far were constant reduction of input costs due to backward integration accompanied with massive inorganic growth from its policy of one M/A per month. The ten year ban on hybrids as a knee jerk reaction to the energy balloon crisis by world government played right into their hands and there was no looking back after that.
Till SolarPeds, that is.

The group of new-tech entrepreneurs working on the enhanced version of hybrids to help alleviate the energy balloon crisis, were on the other hand, caught on the wrong foot. They saw their entire life's research and venture going down the drain due to ToMa's stubbornness in protecting its traditional revenue lines. The founders of SolarPeds were among these unfortunates.
However, the last five years has really seen them rise literally from the ashes and it is no coincidence that their 2050 model was named Phoenix 1.0.

Deservedly SolarPeds is now the leading case study in all B-schools, which no management student can do without. The lessons for the new generation of tech-entrpreneurs are tremendous. After the ban on even new research on any enhanced hybrids, these two bravehearts actually looked back into the pages of history and picked up another failed innovation - that of harnessing solar energy and turned it into a roaring success.

The initial forays into tapping solar energy had been a massive failure due to the very fact that nano-netcells were non existent at that point in time. While xonogranths had exploited the networking capabilities of nano-netcells, Parth and Abid (founders of SolarPeds) realised the energy store capabilities which could be unlocked. This technological breakthrough was brought about by spraying x-rays on nano-netcells changing the nth structure of their microtrons. This in effect turned the network-enabled cells into huge energy stores.

What this effectively means, for the not so techie-inclined, is that the more SolarPeds there are on the road, the less energy you need to tap and store. Remember the success of cloud computing from the twenties? Well, somewhat similar.

What is most interesting about the success of SolarPeds is that most of it is based on concepts which are now thought obsolete or failed. Just goes to show what a lot of gold mines we have discarded in the past without extracting due value.
Will this now lead to a retro-rush for scavenging old tech? Let's see...

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