A Breakthrough, or More Silicon Valley Hot Air? If we sound a bit cautious, we’ve been there before with Tesla. Other Tesla promises have come up short: start-of-production claims, production-quantity claims, technology. And yet, Tesla is by far the largest maker of EVs, this from a company that didn’t exist 15 years ago. And the Tesla Model 3, even if it failed to meet Tesla’s delivery and production claims, still was the best-selling luxury car in the US last year and outsold the next EV, the Nissan Leaf, by 8-1.
Self-driving cars are getting closer to being on the markets for everyday Americans, but according to AAA, the people might not be ready for the product. The organization says their annual vehicle survey showed 71-percent of people are afraid to ride in fully self-driving cars.
Ford Motor Co. announced Monday plans starting in 2022 to outfit every new vehicle it sells in the U.S. with cellular technology enabling the vehicle to communicate with infrastructure, other vehicles or businesses around it.
Billionaire Elon Musk envisions a world where commuting in Los Angeles is as easy as pointing a self-driving car toward an elevator platform embedded in a city street, sinking into a tunnel and zipping seamlessly beneath the traffic at speeds of up to 150 mph. So far, his company’s progress toward this goal has been a bumpier ride.
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Better technology in your vehicle could be making you into a worse driver. Some people are relying too much on those fancy new bells and whistles."Technology supports us as humans, it doesn't replace us," says Martha Meade, the government affairs and public relations manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Even though unemployment is low, the economy is growing and U.S. auto sales are near historic highs, General Motors is cutting thousands of jobs in a major restructuring aimed at generating cash to spend on innovation. It's the new reality for automakers that are faced with the present cost of designing gas-powered cars and trucks that appeal to buyers now while at the same time preparing for a future world of electric and autonomous vehicles.
South Korea’s SK Innovation said on Monday it will spend 1.14 trillion won ($1.01 billion) to build its first electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in the United States to better compete in the global EV battery market. The plant will have an annual capacity of 9.8 gigawatt-hours of batteries. SK Innovation will begin construction in the southeast U.S. state of Georgia in early 2019, with production targeted for 2022, the company said in a statement.
Sales are surging, but the costs of building the associated infrastructure suggest this will be a lengthy transition. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all drive without dirtying the air we breathe? Alas, not everyone can afford an electric car.
Modern self-driving vehicles have an Achilles heel -- precipitation. And unless you live in the Atacama desert, the Sahara, Antarctica, or an equivalent location, you’re probably familiar with it. Rain and snow aren’t unusual across most of America, and self-driving cars apparently have major problems with both.