Smart Up France advocates the spreading of knowledge about smart cars. The concept is somewhat in the mainstream but is not totally known yet. Apart from the articles that we write, we advocate any way that information about smart cars can be spread.

One way that this can take place is through the reading of books. For any topic really, books are a great way to gather information and get new ideas and insights.

If you are interested in smart cars and would like to learn more, here are two books that you should read.

Smart Thinking: The Little Car that Made it Big

Written by Tony Lewin, Smart Thinking: The Little Car the Made it Big is a recounting of this vehicle’s epic journey. And what a journey it is!

It is a rollercoaster ride of emotion. From inspiration, to genius, hope, disaster, and then in the end, victory. The smart car is a revolutionary idea that has really changed the world and changed our perceptions about how we use the cars.

However, the smart car almost never came into fruition.

This book talks about the history of the smart car. From its inception in the mind of the person who created the Swatch watch, to its initial failure and then success.

Apart from the history, this book also contains a plethora of interviews from key figures throughout the decade that it took for this idea to come to fruition.

Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead

The story begins with Google’s shot heard around the world. When they unveiled the driverless car, it was a message to the whole world saying that driverless cars will be the thing of the future.

This book explains the benefits and risks that these driverless cars present to society. It also explains the engineering behind them.

Above everything, the crux of the book takes place when the authors (Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman) make the case to their governments that driverless cars should be the next big mission, akin to the Apollo moon landing.

Reading this book provides a philosophical and technical explanation of driverless cars.