Doug Vining Busting the fantasy of self-driving cars

"There’s nothing inevitable about autonomous vehicles. In fact, the fantasy of driverless cars has been failing for longer than you think. We’ve devoted plenty of time and money to the driverless delusion. In 50 years, we’ll likely regret spending so much on this futile, antisocial endeavor. It’s time to collectively say no to the fantasy of the driverless car and invest in making our existing transportation systems better. Instead of spending billions on an imaginary world, let’s fund the world we already have."



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Posted: 5 April 2019 at 10:05

Doug Vining Tesla ups the hype on self driving cars

Elon Musk has raised new expectations about full self driving cars, claiming to have the most powerful driving computer with Tesla-designed chips. He also re-announced the idea of a Tesla Network of robotaxis, saying owners could rent out their autonomous cars to earn income from the network. Buying any other car would be "financially insane" according to Musk.

Full credit to Elon for his marketing hutzpah, but I've driven on a Canadian highway in a blizzard, and I'm convinced that robocars would refuse to proceed in those conditions, for safety's sake, so telling people that his cars will be able to drive themselves under "all conditions" is stretching it a bit!
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Posted: 23 April 2019 at 14:43

Doug Vining Tesla ups the hype on self driving cars

And while we're on the subject, it seems that Teslas also occasionally suffer from the problem of battery packs that can spontaneously combust, just like Apple laptops and Samsung Galaxy Notes a few years ago. Despite huge improvements, lithium batteries remain explosive under certain 'anomalous' conditions.
Posted: 23 April 2019 at 14:51
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