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Postby NURB » February 22nd, 2015, 6:46 pm

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Messing around on the iPad thiniking about the iCar. I couldn't help but make it 3 wheels with one of them hubless. I know how you guys like hubless wheels. :-)
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Postby NURB » February 22nd, 2015, 9:05 pm

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Lew, suppose they use Tesla's supercharger as the model?
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Postby Lmo » February 22nd, 2015, 10:31 pm

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suppose they use Tesla's supercharger as the model?


They might. "One" would assume that PG&E would seek out leaders in current EV technology (ha, that was pun) before heading down a path of their own. But keep in mind, this is a top-heavy, 110 year-old corporation inhabited by many, many layers of ladder climbers.

About a year ago at their Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant facility they installed sixty solar powered LED light towers around the remote areas of the security perimeter. This was done to eliminate thirty odd diesel-powered light tower plants under the guise of eco-friendliness, rather than running underground secondary conductors to those locations. As an aside this plant produces in excess of 18,000 GIGA WATTS per year; roughly 7% of the entire electrical power requirements of California, so having the energy to power their security lighting wasn't a real issue.

Regretfully, the in-house designed towers do not stay on through the night. In fact they do not stay on, at all; they "flicker" on and off, never quite coming up to full illumination. As it occurred the designers placed the solar panels and light sensing elements, (intended to switch the tower(s) on at sunset) at the bases of the luminaires rather than the top (to reduce wind load (the plant is right on the coast)). The result is that as each tower constantly queries it surroundings it senses "dark" one moment, and starts to power up. But when it's neighbor sense the "light" from that tower it shuts down, it again "sees" darkness and starts to power down, ad nauseum; the effect is sort of like gas lighting. This goes on all night long. The problem has been recognized, but not yet corrected.

So yeah, I suppose that they might use Tesla's technology as a model.
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Re: Apple car wild speculation thread

Postby nxakt » February 23rd, 2015, 10:33 am

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Boxy mini-van as discussed.

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Postby yo » February 23rd, 2015, 12:35 pm

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I could see them doing a box like that.

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Postby Scott Bennett » February 23rd, 2015, 5:27 pm

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Not if they use any of their $178 billion to buy a wind tunnel! Maybe they can do a new Rumpler Tropfenwagen...

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Postby nxakt » February 24th, 2015, 12:02 am

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Scott, awesome wagon. Not sure what Newson can do with that but the interior space is perfect, except for the fact that my ideal driverless car fits the maximum possible flatscreen across the front wall.

Wind tunnel efficiency I don't see as important as these vehicles will form tight pelotons and get the efficiency from the column.

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yo wrote:Messing around on the iPad thiniking about the iCar. I couldn't help but make it 3 wheels with one of them hubless. I know how you guys like hubless wheels. :-)


This one kind of reminds me of the cars in Spielberg's 2001 movie A.I. -

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ha, totally, and I thought that was a pretty good movie prop car.

Re: Apple car wild speculation thread

Postby Scott Bennett » February 24th, 2015, 9:53 pm

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I don't know, I just don't think we're ready for pelotons of driverless cars yet. The technology is getting close, but the regulatory and liability aspects are so daunting. Rational people can see how many lives would be saved even with half-baked buggy driverless cars, but we are not governed by rational people.

I don't think it's compatible with the traditional private ownership model either, people's typical lazy neglect and non-maintenance would cause too many problems. Is a car share / Uber sort of model something Apple would go after?

The more I think about this, the more interested I am in seeing what they come up with. If they really try to do this, it has to rank right up among the biggest risks a public corporation has ever taken.

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Postby Mr-914 » February 25th, 2015, 7:48 am

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Apple will also build a new city, like Atlantis, just off the California coast. They will only allow iCars there. Black turtle necks in winter, t-shirts in summer. Daft Punk will constantly play. Some call it paradise.
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Re: Apple car wild speculation thread

Postby mo-i » February 25th, 2015, 7:54 am

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Lots of strategic decisions to be made...but what about the styling.

IF they stay with the reduced form vocabulary of softend rectangles and circles. I can see THAT:

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to bear a modern day interpretation of THAT:

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Could end up more condensed:

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You know you have made it when people are making satires about you!


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yo wrote:You know you have made it when people are making satires about you!


I'll know I made it with hundreds of billions sitting a warchest. :)

This is what I want from a auto-driving car.

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