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Comment Re:A way out of this for VW... (Score 1) 123

The maximum width (which is what matters for lane size) of a commercial vehicle (ie real truck or bus) is 102 inches. The largest Suburban tops out at 80 inches. For reference, a Camaro is 74.5 inches. So a Suburban is slightly wider than a car, and a whole lot narrower than a truck.

The maximum height (which is what matters for overpass restrictions) of a commercial vehicle is 168 inches. The maximum height of a Suburban is 74 inches. You could stack 2 Suburbans on top of each other and not be as high as a truck.

Pickups with 4 rear wheels are already classified as medium-duty trucks, and do pay higher tolls and have lane and road restrictions.

Comment Re:A way out of this for VW... (Score 1) 123

1. The license plates are determined by the USAGE of the vehicle in addition to the TYPE of vehicle. If an SUV is not being used commercially, why on earth should it have commercial plates? That makes as much sense as saying all Town Cars should be required to have T&LC plates.

2. Pressure is what causes road wear. Tire inflation pressures for SUVs and pickups is about the same as for cars. Therefore, the pressure on the road is also about the same.

3. Road restrictirons are because the roads have lanes that are too narrow and/or overpasses that are too low for trucks to safely use them. SUVs and pickups fit on those roads just fine. Car only lanes are there to prevent a slow-moving truck from trying to pass a slightly slower-moving truck and causing congestion. Not an issue with pickups and SUVs.

Comment Re:On the contrary (Score 1) 392

Why did you pick something odd like a soda machine? Why not use a reference that most people interact with daily - an automatic transmission. To the vast majority of the driving public, an automatic transmission means that the transmission will do ALL of the proper gear selection and shifting. So now we have a new thing, IN THE SAME ENVIRONMENT, but here 'auto' means 'well, we'll give it a try'.

Comment Re:Yes, need! (Score 1) 298

You are missing something important though. With a 747 (for example), the costs of developing, testing, certifying, factories, tooling, etc is SHARED between the cargo and passenger users of the plane. When you start talking of using a completely different airframe for cargo and passengers, that sharing (largely) disappears, and the price of both types of planes just went way up. Any expected cost savings from using pods have likely just disappeared.

Comment Re:Same as always, politics. (Score 1) 124

Well, for starters, the rules are not similar to hobby restrictions.

A commercial operator must be 16 years old and have a remote pilot certificate. A hobbyist is not under such restrictions.
A commercial operator may not fly over people. A hobbyist is not under such restrictions.
A commercial operator may only fly during daytime, or at twilight with proper lights. A hobbyist is not under such restrictions.
A commercial operator must maintain line of sight. A hobbyist is not under such restrictions.

In fact, the only things that look similar to the hobbyist rules are size and altitude restrictions, and the fact that you do not have to get specific permission to operate a drone if you follow the rules. I fail to see what is 'bought-and-paid-for' about that.

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