The Volt has got an innovative capacitive sensing for the center stack control panel.
What do you think about the use of that switchless control panel? Have you met misdetection or unexpected activation? Would you like to get this technology in your personal car?
How about rear seat passenger comfort? Is it possible for someone (or two someone's) to ride back there and be happy? I took a very brief glance at a Volt at the dealer and it seemed like the rear leg/foot room was pretty marginal. Also wonder about luggage space.
Many Prius owners installed block heaters but to use them efficiently, we need to power them 30-60 minutes before leaving. Soon plug-in became another 'task' complicating life even though it saves about about a cup of gas with each use.
At the end of the week, do you feel any resentment for these extra steps, plug-in and unplug upon leaving and arrival?
Could you compare and contrast your normal ride to the Volt for size, utility, and Joie de Vivre?
Normal commute you may not need to have the gas engine turn on for a few months, after those months you have a long trip in the cold wheather, will the gas engine start? Does it need to have gas stablizer add in any time you fill up your gas tank?
I had the priviledge of going on a short ride with Rick in this car. Two comments:
--it's very quiet when it drives up--a little creepy!
--don't think of renting this car when you fly into some city and simply "driving off" to try it--you need to spend a lot of time getting familiar with the displays, operation, and more.
Have you been able to calculate the dollar cost of the electricity put into the car during that 53.3 mpg stretch?
I appreciate the real-world data you're passing on to us here. 53.3 mpg sounds great, but if the cost of the electricity brings it down to a cost-equivalent of, say, 30 mpg, then it's nothing too spectacular. If I was in the market for a car at the moment, I might buy a volt regardless just because of the technology. I bought one of the Chevy Lumina mini-vans way back, mostly because I was intrigued by the extensive use of plastic and fiberglass body panels.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.