Also, how is the power production affected when the road inevitably develops some cracks? What about repair and maintenance cost?
Yep. Ditching the steering wheel and the pedals would be really, really dumb. It would mean that if the car had a problem it would be stuck where it is.
Surprise! The very high end cars have already done this. Lexus, BMW, Rolls Royce, several others all have drive-by-wire systems, the steering wheel is controlled by individual electric motors(sometimes a single motor). And and electric motor on the pedal simulates the feel of hydraulic pressure.
Steering and brakes have mechanical fallback mechanisms.
Allowing external forces to decide what a healthy / acceptable profit margin can be is the surest way to destroy capital investment by businesses.
True but no business operates in a vacuum. External forces also include the rules, as setup by governments as well as public perception about how the product you are selling them is being made.
It would be no surprise that Foxcon is being a bit disingenuous about their assessment. The cost of manufacturing items in China will eventually to go up as the living standards of Chinese workers goes up and their labour and environmental laws tighten. This is good for everyone and should help balance the overall picture.
I'm glad they're employing smart people on pie in the sky stuff instead of making a profit. They'd eventually fail anyway, might as well do something interesting first.
I guess that's the silver lining. Maybe we'll see a bunch of new startups sprout up out of that Uber experience.
autonomous Ubers are an unwelcome threat to her livelihood
They didn't bat an eyelash when it came to screwing over the cabbies and now... where's my violin?
I genuinely wonder exactly how much Apple cares about the creative segment anymore.
Apple? Care? Ha! No, they don't care. You only have to look at the Xserve fiasco for that.