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Commented On: Self-Driving Tesla Electric Cars Coming, Courtesy Of Google?


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Driver-less driving will look stupid today, but it will be a lot better sooner than later, like with everything else electronic. It will come as an option, obviously, and will not preclude inclusion of menu with all kind of driving modes, including sports. It is happening in small vehicles as they are easier to control, but the target IMO are the big ones. I foresee highway freight in the future controlled by autopilots for the most part as they will be safer, and they will save time, resources, and money.

Commented On: Self-Driving Tesla Electric Cars Coming, Courtesy Of Google?


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on the fast lane, rain, etc. Self driving will be definitely important when decisions need to be made in a time frame shorter than the human reaction time. This will make "elderly driving", a real menace at times, a lot safer. Furthermore, safe-driving will give you support even when your 5 senses will not be able to help: intersections, fast approaching vehicles on the wrong way, unexpected animal crossing, etc. Of course, you will not have to use it to do grocery shopping, but it would be especially helpful to use on that day when after spending an entire sleepless weekend you still needed the extra time at work to turn in that project, late at night ,and then you had to drive back home...

Commented On: Self-Driving Tesla Electric Cars Coming, Courtesy Of Google?


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@Xiaolong: Here is the point, The self driving vehicle is the future. It will be to vehicles what autopilots are to airplanes today. No air or insurance company will trust a single pilot regardless of his expertise the safety of 500 passengers in a 4-engine airplane for a flight across the ocean under unpredictable weather conditions for 8-12 hours at times when thousand of other airplanes are doing the same thing. I've been driving 60 miles per day average (highway and city) for the last 15 years and the "drivers" among us do not enjoy sitting in traffic while a congestion, which may last minutes to hours and guess what: they are not always caused by accidents; many a time they are caused by simple human distraction, slow vehicles moving

Commented On: Tesla Hires New Engineering VP From Luxury Maker Aston Martin


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I don't know why I have this funny feeling that the new asset for Tesla is not going to make their cars more affordable to buy...

Commented On: Could The 2015 Toyota Fuel-Cell Vehicle Cost $100,000? Perhaps Close


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Fuel cell technology in cars may be a technological breakthrough and it will continue to get cheaper in time, but there is a problem with hydrogen: it is not a source of energy like gasoline is. 95% of available H2 is obtained by electrolysis of H2O or by overheating hydrocarbons. Both ways involve the burn of charcoal or fossil fuels. So, hydrogen does not reduce the CO2 footprint nor does it reduce the demand of hydrocarbons. Natural gas may sound like a solution but its combustion produces water vapor, which is the "greenest" of gases; by far greener than CO2 (green here means causing global warming). If nuclear energy cannot be a short term solution to produce electricity, "solar" may be the best way to go (IMHO). Go solar! ;-)

Commented On: 2014 Chevy Spark EV First With CCS Quick-Charge Port (As Option)


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"2014 Chevy Spark EV First With CCS Quick-Charge Port". That is a start, but far from being a global solution. I think state and federal authorities should give tax breaks and incentives to car manufacturers that provide EV infrastructure support. Nuclear electricity was the solution to lower the costs of electricity, but after the Japan disaster, nuclear power plants' proliferation will be out of the equation for a long time. The EV revolution is not going to happen until solar electricity hits big cities meeting the needs of customers living in apartment buildings. State authorities should give contractors incentives also to build solar parking lots in apartment buildings, shopping malls, and public schools.

Commented On: Chrysler CEO: Going Green is Good, But Natural Gas Better Than Electric


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sell infrastructure in addition to their cars if they want to be in business (good luck with that!) In know for example that BMW is considering selling solar car ports to power their Ev's. Thinking like a CEO, will that be cost effective?

Commented On: Chrysler CEO: Going Green is Good, But Natural Gas Better Than Electric


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or a Volt unless you drive the latter in gas mode always. In addition, natural is closer to be a source of energy than electricity is. Buy the way, last time I checked, electricity is not a source of energy: you need to expend energy to produce it. Solar electricity is highly efficient in the outer space, but not down here on earth where there is an atmosphere. Besides, there are many places on earth where they get to see The Sun only a few days a year. EV technologies would make perfect sense with nuclear power plants, but after what happened in Japan, they are not expected to proliferate in at least 100 years. IMHO, the future car will be hybrid with a natural gas engine long before it is purely EV. EV car manufacturers will have to

Commented On: Chrysler CEO: Going Green is Good, But Natural Gas Better Than Electric


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Going green is not exactly the business or a car manufacturer's CEO, but consumers wanting better gas mileage in their cars today is. Despite the fact that I like green technologies or I dislike the oil business, I recognize that the CEO in question might have a point in what he said. In fact, EV technologies or solar technologies are not immediately available to all kind of consumers today, regardless of whether they have the money in their bank accounts or not. Simply put: people who live in apartment buildings in cities (the majority perhaps with no roof to install solar panels and have to park their car hundreds of yards away from home in the open with no electrical outlet available) are not going to want to buy a Tesla or a Volt unless

Commented On: Will New High-Power Microbatteries Matter For Electric Cars?


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mass will always matter i.e. two batteries made of the same chemicals, the one with bigger mass will obviously deliver more energy. The future of a long range EV will happen in a vehicle where the entire body, structures and frames are "the batteries", and battery miniaturization will have a key role to achieve that goal as well as to optimize power weight ratio of future Ev's. IMO, power and top speed are OK for today's Ev's. Range is the issue. Extending the range up to 500 miles at a power rate that will allow Ev's cruise at highways' speed limits will put Ev's right on the money.
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