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Comment: Re:Only 22% (Score 1) 377

by certsoft (#47252225) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?
Hybrids do make use of the battery and motor during highway use. When going downhill the engine will shut down and the battery will charge. This charge will be used by the motor on the next uphill to reduce engine use.

For plug-in hybrids with their large batteries several miles of all electric range can be generated on a long downhill.

Comment: Re:OTA seems excessive...How about USB? (Score 1) 305

by certsoft (#46298939) Attached to: Why Your Phone Gets OTA Updates But Your Car Doesn't
Ford did an update to the MyFord Touch infotainment system last year this way. Downloaded a bunch of files onto a USB drive, plug into car, wait 20 minutes. Since it uses an automotive version of Windows CE of course it needed to reboot a half a dozen times during the update. But for power-train related updates you have to take it into the dealer.

You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred. -- Superchicken