Doug Vining Google car hits a roadblock

As wonderful as Google's self-driving car technology is, it has some limitations. Like exploring uncharted territory, driving on new roads, or roads that haven't been mapped yet. As a driver in Africa, who often goes exploring off road, that would make it a big problem. Even some of our highways are frequently changed and renamed. Normal satnav devices allow you to ignore their instructions, but what happens when the computer is driving on a road that no longer exists, even though it appears on the map?
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Posted: 16 May 2014 at 14:30

Doug Vining Tesla lays it on the line

We're full of admiration for Elon Musk, for all his exploits with SpaceX and Tesla. The latest commercial for Teslas is thought provoking and superbly produced. Well worth watching.

But let's not forget that Tesla Motors, with it's highest revenue yet, continues to make straight losses. Will it need someone like Google to save it financially, or will Elon eventually win through?
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Posted: 11 February 2016 at 17:19

Neil Jacobsohn Electric cars ARE the future!

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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Posted: 25 October 2016 at 14:43

Doug Vining Tesla overtakes Ford

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 much more impressed by Elon Musk's achievements with SpaceX. It's also interesting to see the media calling Elon a futurist, rather than a tech entrepreneur. Certainly his vision for the future is amazing, and his willingness to risk everything is admirable.

Tesla has proved that tech innovation can disrupt any industry, even the century-plus automotive industry, which faces further disruption by mobility-as-a-service. But Tesla has yet to prove that they can make a profit and become a sustainable, long term business. With Elon Musk driving it, the chances of winning are good.
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Posted: 5 April 2017 at 10:19

Anton Musgrave Tesla overtakes Ford

And now has Mercedes Benz in its sights! Mercedes rescued tens from bankruptcy and now faces relegation! https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-04-12/mercedes-vs-tesla-is-an-epic-tale
Posted: 18 April 2017 at 09:44
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