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Comment Re:self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 1) 186

i mean, with 18 cameras, the car has more sensors than a human, so I don't see really a specific issue. Sure, for a human, snow driving is really hard. For our computers, currently, probably even harder. But that's not the same as "you'll never be able to drive in snow with 18 cameras and 12 ultrasound sensors".

Comment Re:self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 2, Insightful) 186

The claim in the press release is "full class 5 driving", which means fully autonomous. I'll believe it when I see it. It seems like a strong claim to make that "we don't know how to do full class 5 driving yet, but we know this hardware is enough to meet the requirements of the thing we don't know".

Comment Re:So the bureaucrats have solved all the problems (Score 2) 296

Because Tesla X is totally the best choice for pulling a trailer, right?

No one was talking about the model X:

Maybe if you said emissions efficiency... from what I understand the higher production efficiency gets eaten up by converting combustion (momentum) to electricity, transport, charging losses, parasitic losses when it's not running and so on. The nice thing is that you could have other energy sources like solar, wind and other renewables but if you're just centralizing the fossil fuel consumption it's not much of a win at all.

You understand wrongly. The transport, charging and parasitic losses are extremely small, and in fact, arguably smaller than with petrol vehicles anyway. Remember - oil needs to be distilled into petrol (a very inefficient process), then transported by road to filling stations (once again by petrol/diesel burning vehicles), also very inefficiently, and then pumped out of the ground by yet another petrol burning motor. Paying attention to electricity's distribution inefficiencies, but not paying any attention to petrol's transmission costs is disingenuous at best.

Comment Re:So the bureaucrats have solved all the problems (Score 5, Interesting) 296

Have they thought of the implications this has on the trucking industry?

Last I checked, the trucking industry don't use cars, but if you ask Tesla, trucks are ripe for being fully electric and more more cost effective already.

Have they thought what this might do to low-income or fixed-income individuals who can't afford a car and suddenly left without transportation?

Yes - Europe already solved that problem decades ago - it's called public transport.

Where is the electricity or energy to create hydrogen fuel going to come from now that they've banned nuclear and don't want fossil fuels?

It doesn't really matter - even if you assume the worst case scenario (basically, just burn coal out your ears), it's still a way way more efficient scenario than every individual car having a shitty efficiency ICE in it.

Comment Re:German car corps simply don't get it (Score 4, Informative) 296

Uhhh... You realise that VAG promised last year to have 30 models of fully electric vehicle across their line in only 5 years time. They already have the eGolf, they've announced a fully electric Audi Q6 and A3; Porsche is spending $1bn making a fully electric 911; Skoda has a fully electric SUV under development.

To argue that VW/Audi hasn't realised they need to start to switch is naïve at best, and will fully ignorant at worst.

Comment Re: It uses the Handoff framework (Score 1) 202

It doesn't "automatically sync" it. Like many other things involving Handoff, it sets a promise. It tells devices in close proximity that there is data available.

Said data isn't actually transferred until used. This significantly reduces the amount of bandwidth (and thus power) involved when no other device actually cares about the Handoff data being advertised.

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