SAN FRANCISCO--So much investment, so much sturm und drang around
electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure. We're hailing
them one day, burying them the next, toasting them again the day
GM's battery plant is on the ropes, but then Elon Musk is building
superchargers for his Teslas, gleaming 480V Star Trek
machines that pour energizing, solar-sourced juice into your
$100,000 ride in minutes. Then Toyota bails
on EVs altogether, saying there's no money there. Fisker's Karma is slammed by Consumer Reports.
[Get ready for the
China Fabless Summit 2013, our Spring forum where Chinese startups will showcase their plans for the future of the electronics industry.]
Has there ever been another industry so fitful in its evolution?
This despite the full faith and credit of the U.S. government (and
others) backing the technology, the infrastructure and the promise
of a green future. Still, it may well bear fruit...someday.
Meanwhile, emerging from the alleyways of automotive innovation
is the driverless car. In the grand technological scheme, it's a complete and utter
surprise and represents a stunning
disruption of conventional wisdom--all while it leverages affordable, here-now
electronics technology. Thank you Gordon Moore, thank you Vint Cerf,
thank you Al Gore, thank you internet of things, thank you embedded
design engineers and software coders. Thank you Nevada and
pictured nearby are
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown (left) with Google's Sergey Brin (sporting the spy beard) at a driverless car celebration for legalizing driverless cars). You have set the type for
the next chapter in the history of disruption.