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Tesla overtakes Ford
Posted: 5 April 2017 1 Comment

As Wall Street closed for on Monday 3 April, Tesla, led by 45-year-old tycoon and 'futurist' Elon Musk, was worth $49bn, compared with a paltry $46bn for the empire built by Henry Ford.

This is an astonishing feat, considering that Ford is over 100 years old, and Tesla has never made a profit. I for one, was extremely sceptical of the electric car becoming mainstream in the medium term, and ...

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Tesla charges ahead to overtake Ford in market value
5 April 2017
Elon Musk’s electric car company has been valued at $49bn, leaving the 100-year-old motor manufacturer lagging behind
MindBullet logo GOOGLE SAVES THE ELECTRIC CAR
Google acquires Tesla to produce electric robocars
Dateline: 3 November 2017
Looking to expand into seriously big markets and build on its experience with robots and driverless cars, Google has announced that it is acquiring Tesla. ...
Uber self-driving car gets flipped
Posted: 27 March 2017

In the first recorded high-impact crash of a fully autonomous car, an Uber vehicle was flipped on its side by another car that "failed to yield" to the Uber. Apparently there was a driver behind the controls of the self-driving Uber, and no passengers. Uber is suspending testing while the incident is investigated. In due course, more of these incidents are likely, and it may delay the mass ...

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Uber to Suspend Autonomous Tests After Arizona Accident
27 March 2017
Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, ...
MindBullet logo CAR KILLS 20: WHO'S TO BLAME?
Court rules driver not responsible if car has on-board computer
Dateline: 12 September 2017
Yesterday's court ruling shows two things - just how far technology has gone and why we should fear our kids! The driver of the car that crashed into a ...

THE END OF CITIES BUILT FOR CARS

Published on: 19 January 2017

Small fleets of autonomous vehicles reinvent urban transport - and humanize our cities

Dateline: 14 April 2023

I took my son to the Taxi Museum today - you know, that seedy warehouse in downtown New York with a collection of those old vehicles we used to use to travel around the city, with drivers - usually rude - slouched in front and clutching the steering wheel. It seems such a quaint idea today, as ride-sharing in silent, driverless electric vehicles (EVs) has dramatically reinvented urban transport, bringing to an end the horrific traffic jams of yesteryear - not to mention effectively eliminating road ...

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WHAT BEAUTIFUL LASER EYES YOU HAVE, MR ROBOT!

Published on: 12 January 2017

Robotic vision has improved exponentially, and it's making them more 'human'

Dateline: 12 January 2020

In the last three years, laser-based optical radar, or LIDAR has come a long way. LIDAR became famous when Google started using it on their self-driving cars; but it was big, clumsy and slightly threatening. That spinning cylinder on top of a car or robot might help it navigate, but it looks so mechanical! Then along came digital 3D laser scanners. With a diamond-studded microchip at its core, the invisible light beam is manipulated electronically; no moving parts. The LIDAR chip is the size of a ...

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Mobile 3D concrete printer set to reinvent construction
Posted: 1 January 2017

Printing building components with a 3D concrete printer is hardly new - but the problem has been that these massive printers are static. Now a group of Dutch inventors have taken the science to a new level with a 3D concrete printer that moves around on caterpillar tracks. Their goal is simple: to reinvent the construction industry.

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Meet the CyBe RC 3Dp, a concrete 3D printer that moves around on caterpillar tracks
1 January 2017
CyBe Construction, a construction technology company from the Netherlands, has unveiled the CyBe RC 3Dp, a mobile concrete 3D printer that moves on ...
MindBullet logo PRINTING - THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING
No more paper or ink, but everything else goes
Dateline: 17 June 2012
I spent a frustrating few days at the World Printing Industry Showcase in Beijing this weekend. As an old-timer of the printing industry, I simply didn't ...
Mercedes launches car-sharing
Posted: 19 December 2016

So which auto company is NOT in the car-sharing business? Ever since Uber and other car-sharing services hit the market, auto manufacturers have scrambled to reconfigure themselves as "mobility" companies - not that all of them have yet unravelled quite what that means.
And latest to the party is none other than Mercedes-Benz, who have just announced their own car-sharing network. It's tough ...

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Mercedes-Benz debuts Croove, its own car-sharing network
19 December 2016
It's become a well-trod refrain, but carmakers are looking at what comes after ownership, and car-sharing between individual owners and renters is one of..
MindBullet logo MOBILITY AS A SERVICE
Private cars banned in New York and London
Dateline: 17 August 2019
Four years ago, it was proposed that gasoline and diesel vehicles be banned from certain cities and states; but the new trend towards mobility as a service ...

SMART CAR INCRIMINATES VODKA-LOVING OWNER

Published on: 1 December 2016

Should your own things be able to rat you out?

Dateline: 10 January 2018

Gone are the days when a highway surveillance system or patrol cop were the only triggers for your traffic infringements. Welcome to a brand-new world. Gregor Kashniv from Moscow had a few too many vodkas last Friday and when he eventually surfaced late Saturday afternoon, he found himself in a cold, dark jail cell in the inner city. He vaguely recalled being arrested within 300 metres of his home. Apparently he protested heavily, saying that he was definitely under the limit and that he has no ...

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a thought provoking dystopian scenario!
Posted: 23 November 2016

this certainly highlights the potentially fatal social flaw in capitalism. Left to its own devices, it will boil our entire existence down to a net value. If Adam Smith is to be believed, then the individual optimisation of this net value should mean the greatest public benefit. But not without social bounds. Inequality is the cancer of capitalism, and if not dealt with would mean its ...

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MindBullet logo WILL YOU SURVIVE A BEER TRUCK MOMENT?
It all depends on your digital life value
Dateline: 30 October 2024
Last week's unfortunate multiple vehicle collision was unique in several respects. Not only was it the first time the OTTO beer truck was involved in a major collision, it was also the first 'test' of the Survivability Option System (SOS). Put simply, SOS allows participating entities, when alerted to an impending collision, to bid in real time to increase their survivability. Naturally this ...

WILL YOU SURVIVE A BEER TRUCK MOMENT?

Published on: 3 November 2016 1 Comment

It all depends on your digital life value

Dateline: 30 October 2024

Last week's unfortunate multiple vehicle collision was unique in several respects. Not only was it the first time the OTTO beer truck was involved in a major collision, it was also the first 'test' of the Survivability Option System (SOS). Put simply, SOS allows participating entities, when alerted to an impending collision, to bid in real time to increase their survivability. Naturally this all happens in nano-seconds, so it's driven by algorithmic parameters, not human thought processes. This is ...

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Hacking toasters
Posted: 26 October 2016

Almost five years ago, we wrote a MindBullet with a slightly humorous twist, about a microwave oven that used the internet of things to hack a toaster, among other things. Well, truth is stranger than fiction! In 2016, that's more or less exactly what happened, with massive consequences. This article says the government must step in... to save the internet from hacked toasters!

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The government needs to step in and save the internet from hacked toasters
26 October 2016
The internet of things revolution is coming, whether you want it or not And it poses a terrifying risk to the future of the web.
MindBullet logo THE MICROWAVE GAVE MY TOASTER A VIRUS FOR CHRISTMAS
And the washing machine has gone crazy
Dateline: 1 January 2013
The internet of things has its drawbacks. Now that everything is connected, all the time, they don't always play nice. It's annoying, when you're sitting ...
Driverless beer delivery happens
Posted: 25 October 2016

The advance of autonomous cars and now trucks is unstoppable. Please think about how this might impact your industry and then change the word 'might' to 'will'!

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Driverless truck from Uber's Otto makes Colorado beer delivery
25 October 2016
A self-driving truck built by Uber's unit Otto made a pioneering delivery of beer in Colorado last week, Otto announced Tuesday.
MindBullet logo DRIVERLESS CARS HURT INSURERS
Collision claims have fallen to a record low
Dateline: 2 February 2027
The roads have never been safer - 12 years ago, more than one million people died in car accidents worldwide, every year. This number has shrunk to an ...
Electric cars ARE the future!
Posted: 25 October 2016

It will hardly come as a surprise to anyone who has been watching the auto industry to hear the news from the Paris auto show that the future of cars is...electric!

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The Paris motor show confirms it: the future is electric
25 October 2016
Any automaker worth its salt is showing off a battery-powered car.
MindBullet logo GOOGLE SAVES THE ELECTRIC CAR
Google acquires Tesla to produce electric robocars
Dateline: 3 November 2017
Looking to expand into seriously big markets and build on its experience with robots and driverless cars, Google has announced that it is acquiring Tesla. ...
Failing tech
Posted: 12 October 2016 1 Comment

Here's a long form essay that almost precisely echoes the insight of our MindBullet from January 2015.

When we've come to rely on technology, that never fails, we are often unprepared to deal with the unusual circumstance, when it DOES fail. Over time, computers can diminish our skills! ...

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Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster | Tim Harford
12 October 2016
The Long Read: We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation ...
MindBullet logo WHEN TECHNOLOGY FAILS TO FAIL
Critical system failures that don't trigger corrective action cause disasters
Dateline: 21 March 2016
Yet another airliner has fallen out of the sky without warning. And the reason is fail-safe systems that fail to alert the pilots to the real problem when ...
Diesel's days are numbered
Posted: 19 October 2016

Germany is the latest country to announce a future when all cars must be emissions free. The target date is 2030. But as this article in Wired points out, it's damn difficult to make a decent profit on pure electric vehicles. Which means the big auto makers are hedging their bets. Quite likely, when they say "every car will be electric" they mean they'll all use some sort of hybrid technology ...

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Das Diesel is Dead. The Next Generation German Car Will be Electric. Probably.
19 October 2016
BMW, VW, and Mercedes promise they're serious about electric cars, but are moving slowly.
MindBullet logo VINYL CARS MAKE A COMEBACK
Like vinyl records of old, retro automobiles are suddenly back in fashion
Dateline: 28 April 2029
It's been a while since manually driven, gasoline automobiles gave way to electric vehicles with autopilot. Just as horses and buggies gave way to motor ...
The future of mobility
Posted: 11 October 2016

Here's an interesting article on urban mobility in 2030, by McKinsey&Company, based on their report. I am pretty sure that by 2030 most urban dwellers will prefer to view mobility as an on-demand service, rather than an investment in personal vehicles. McKinsey provides several models for the future, all of them disruptive. That's the key - disruption is certain.

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An integrated perspective on the future of mobility
11 October 2016
A number of social, economic, and technological trends will work together to disrupt mobility, potentially creating three new urban models by 2030.
MindBullet logo MOBILITY AS A SERVICE
Private cars banned in New York and London
Dateline: 17 August 2019
Four years ago, it was proposed that gasoline and diesel vehicles be banned from certain cities and states; but the new trend towards mobility as a service ...
Electric cars are coming soon
Posted: 31 August 2016

From the Wall Street Journal comes this column that argues we are heading to a tipping point where electric cars suddenly become mainstream. I'm not sure that will be the case in all countries, but certainly in the US and Europe, it's likely that sooner rather than later, all cars will at least have a charging option.

If scenarios for solar power breakthroughs and widespread micro-distribution ...

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Why Electric Cars Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think
31 August 2016
Keywords columnist Christopher Mims writes that in 2015, about one in every 150 cars sold in the U.S. had a plug and a battery. But mass adoption of ...
MindBullet logo VINYL CARS MAKE A COMEBACK
Like vinyl records of old, retro automobiles are suddenly back in fashion
Dateline: 28 April 2029
It's been a while since manually driven, gasoline automobiles gave way to electric vehicles with autopilot. Just as horses and buggies gave way to motor ...
Uber drivers might be Ubered
Posted: 19 August 2016

The first fleet of driverless Volvo Uber cars will start operating in Pittsburgh. Apparently, they will offer free rides to get public support, and will be supervised by humans in the driver's seat, but that just proves the point - disrupt yourself before someone else does!

Ultimately, fully autonomous cars and trucks will change many business models, and create a vast crowd of unemployed ...

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This is Uber’s first driverless vehicle–and Uber’s human drivers should be worried
19 August 2016
The ride hailer is set to launch its first fleet of its inaugural driverless cars in Pittsburgh this summer, reports Bloomberg
MindBullet logo UBER HAS BEEN UBERED
And Airbnb, iTunes and Netflix are next
Dateline: 5 April 2018
Uber has been taken out by an unexpected competitor - the crowd. It's ironic really, because Uber was the first company to leverage assets it didn't own ...
Electric cars could replace most of today's vehicles
Posted: 18 August 2016

Will eletric cars take off? The skeptics tell us that our love affair with fossil fuels will continue for decades. But perhaps not! Read this study from MJT that shows that even today, the level to which electric vehicles have developed means that almost all our driving needs could be met today.

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MIT Reveals That Current Electric Cars Could Viably Replace 90% of Today's Vehicles
18 August 2016
An MIT study has shown that electric vehicles can now replace roughly 90% of the conventional vehicles in the market. Enabling it to play a significant ...
MindBullet logo MOBILITY AS A SERVICE
Private cars banned in New York and London
Dateline: 17 August 2019
Four years ago, it was proposed that gasoline and diesel vehicles be banned from certain cities and states; but the new trend towards mobility as a service ...
Hacking of automated vehicles a threat
Posted: 27 July 2016

We call it "second-order implications". How will the dramatic changes happening today in technology and business models impact other industries down the track - including your business. So we see the warning from GM that driverless, automated vehicles will be threatened by hackers.
Have you started thinking about potential impacts on your business from this changing world? That's what we do ...

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GM’s CEO, Mary Barra, says the threat of cars being hacked will pose a risk to the entire car indust
27 July 2016
The auto industry may need to team up to prevent spyware, phishing, and ransomware from infecting your ride.
MindBullet logo MOBILITY AS A SERVICE
Private cars banned in New York and London
Dateline: 17 August 2019
Four years ago, it was proposed that gasoline and diesel vehicles be banned from certain cities and states; but the new trend towards mobility as a service ...
Electric planes
Posted: 20 July 2016

I used to scoff at the idea of electric cars becoming mainstream. While that's still not likely in Africa in the near future, the popularity of the BMW i3 and the Tesla Model 3 have changed that scenario. But electric aircraft? Surely not anything bigger than a drone? Siemens have showcased a new electric motor for a small conventional aircraft, and it flies. One thing they don't say in the ...

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Siemens Showcases Brand-New Electric Motor That's Super Light, Super Powerful, And Perfect For Elect
20 July 2016
The German parts supplier completed a successful test flight of an electric airplane fitted with a brand-new electric motor that boasts unprecedented power ...
MindBullet logo THE COMING FACE OF AIR TRAVEL
There isn't one: No pilots and no air traffic controllers
Dateline: 10 July 2019
When NATS, the UK National Air Traffic Control Service, was partially privatized in 2001, with the state retaining a 49% share, it started a long-running ...

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