Actually, the smarter self driving cars CAN handle various obstacles such as road construction and lane closures. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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Capacity can be smoothened out with battery storage-- that's where someplace like Tesla's Gigafactory comes in; it drops the price LiOn batteries by 30%, while the used batteries can then be sent off to solar farms to hold excess capacity, releasing it at night.
Tesla admits they're using only 20% of the former NUMMI plant space to build the Model S/X.. which is supposed to be low volume/high price flagship vehicle. They're still designing the Model 3's manufacturing method (alongside the vehicle itself)..
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Perhaps they're planning to use Tesla's Gigafactory as a supplier.. From what I hear Tesla plans to sell excess batteries to the open market --not just for their own vehicles. The whole point of the Gigafactory is to drop the worldwide price of Li-On batteries by 30%.
You make it sound like people won't be plugging their cars when while they're sleeping...
It's probably affecting their own commerce... especially if you're a western businessman traveling through China and you can't access your own email.
Many companies large and small use Gmail's servers for their own email service.
Netflix does not stream first-run movies... they're 3rd tier.. after Theatrical, Pay-Per-View/Pay-Per-Stream, and DVD/Blu-Ray--
Sony isn't even streaming it on their own service for PS3/PS4!!! What are they thinking?
It wasn't... Even Apple didn't want to do DRM, but the record companies were shellshocked from Napster (and other P2P) at the time. They would have never sold their music on iTMS without it.
.. to provide batteries at 1/3rd their current cost.. then the bus will have ~100 mile range while costing the same. (Space/weight isn't an issue, since a regular diesel bus already weighs around 75,000 lbs.)
Better yet, have batteries slotted into the bus like a giant laptop battery. A robotic arm can swap them out in seconds.
Tesla is now worth 20 billion dollars, and their battery partners (Panasonic) are also chipping in on building the factory. I doubt they need much help from the public.
I wouldn't say California is overpopulated. Sure the urban areas are pretty tight, but as this factory is solar powered it'll most likely be in the southern inland counties (Kern, San Bernandino, Riverside or Imperial).. these areas which are mostly desert.. some sparsely populated and economically poor.
It's strange how California's environmental protection law was put in place by the beloved icon of Republican party... the same party who now say it's the reason for companies to stay away from California.
"California's landmark environmental statute, widely known by its acronym CEQA, was signed into law by former Gov. Ronald Reagan. It requires state and local government agencies to review development projects to identify potential threats to the environment and recommend ways to reduce or eliminate any potential damage."