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Autonomy and economics
perl_geek   10/8/2015 12:08:54 PM
Driving their own cars is probably the only way many people get to exercise autonomy today, (even on the limited scale permitted by traffic laws). They'll be reluctant to surrender that,

Discussions about vehicular technology always seem to centre on the private vehicle, even if it's much more valuable in some other niche.  For example, urban delivery vans are probably a much better field for electric vehicles. (The old milk-floats, (daily dairy delivery) in the UK were practical even with lead-acid batteries; a short, predictable daily duty cycle of start-stops that kept the air cleaner in an  urban setting.)  Airport fuel trucks would be another.

Taxis would be a good application for both electric propulsion, (since they spend most of their time in towns), and autonomous driving. They would need a rapid battery-replacement method to keep them in service all day. (Though how would Third-World immigrant professionals make a living, if taxis don't need drivers?)

Driving the massive dump trucks used in open-pit mining is a boring job in a failry simple environment, for which the drivers are handsomely paid. Mining companies are experimenting with self-driving versions, which should improve both economics and safety. (Drivers still manage to have accidents, though hiring women has improved the record.)

When a technology is new, it always makes more sense to use it in the areas that match its particular strengths, rather than forcing it into fields that don't. Wind generators make a lot more sense for light-houses than data-centres.



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Born to be wild!
jnissen   10/7/2015 4:29:52 PM
Give me a vintage muscle car any day!

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