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The Future Of Cars: Drivers Not Needed. Please, no!

Posted in ideas, innovation, your take on... by aldorf on January 10, 2011

The future of cars: drivers not needed.

I just stumbled over this headline on CNN. If you take out the human interaction with the machine, how do sell that to the world? In theory it might be an intriguing concept. But to me, that’s not sexy anymore. Feels like a video game that plays for you. Other industries are trying to get you even more involved and connected and the automobile industry takes it out of the equation? I don’t know if they are really onto something.

In 1899, Electric Cars Outsold All Other Types Of Car In The US

Posted in ideas by aldorf on September 16, 2010
Electric car and first motor vehicle built in ...

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Electric vehicles had many advantages over their competitors in the early 1900s. They did not have the vibration, smell, and noise associated with gasoline cars. Changing gears on gasoline cars was the most difficult part of driving, while electric vehicles did not require gear changes. While steam-powered cars also had no gear shifting, they suffered from long start-up times of up to 45 minutes on cold mornings. The steam cars had less range before needing water than an electric’s range on a single charge. The only good roads of the period were in town, causing most travel to be local commuting, a perfect situation for electric vehicles, since their range was limited. Read more here. (via liftlab)

The Leaf, Zero Emission Car by Nissan

Posted in ideas by aldorf on January 6, 2010

The Leaf will go for 100 miles in standard driving conditions on a single charge of the lithium-ion battery that powers the engine, at a cost of $0.90 per recharge. It is said to accelerate like a V6. Production of the Leaf at Smyrna, USA, is not expected to start until 2012. Read more about it on Huffington Post.

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