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  2. I would not call electric cars sustainable when most of the electricity is generated by fossil fuels. Not to mention all the carbon generated to make the batteries (mineral exploitation, production, etc.). In my opinion electric cars are still just selling the illusion of environmentally friendly, maybe in the future this will actually be true.
  3. If this road leads to Liwa than Revo here we come.
  4. Not necessarily. For instance, everyone (including Governments) is talking about eliminating petrol and diesel vehicles within twenty years, and in some cases as soon as ten years, and yet, nobody has thought about the fact that there simply is not enough power-generating capacity in the world to charge hundreds of millions of electric cars.
  5. I suppose too, and I'm sure when we are thinking of so many options from our couch, these guys must have mastered it to the next level of intelligence before even implementing it.
  6. I suppose this system is fitted with some sort of automatic guiding system that will place the pick-up back in the slot after overtaking a slower vehicle?
  7. That's the whole point to reduce the downtime of charging.
  8. Well technically this is a new take on the old electric trains and trams, still operational in some parts of the world where the power is fed through overhead power lines. But I don't see it as too practical, maybe good for getting charged up while on the move though.
  9. Looks like yes to your question, as they are using this strip with a flexible arm to charge the electric car so even if the car moves around they are still drivable.
  10. Very interesting. The question is : what happens if a deer, a cow or a reckless pedestrian bursts in front of the vehicle, crossing the road ? Can you (or the AI) instantly steer out of the railway ?
  11. Now, this something might be a sustainable outlook for electric cars.
  12. In the 2018 Airbag Forum, ZF have introduced the concept of a new type of airbag. The new technology is designed to protect passengers in cars in side impact collisions. A large cushion is inflated outside the body, covering the door area for a brief moment before a side impact. ZF States that they have already conducted tests which show that the lateral outer cushion allows the severity of injuries to be reduced by 40%. According to the developers, this technology will be especially relevant for self-driving cars, in which passenger involvement will differ from the traditional. ZF would like to introduce this new technology on all cars with immediate effect. Meanwhile, some cars already have the outer “airbag” along the lower edge of the windshield is to protect a downed pedestrian from hard impacts (the original pioneer was the hatchback Volvo V40, which debuted in 2012). My personal opinion. This can be a good thing and a bad thing. I got T-boned by a car doing 60 MPH 17 years ago. The day I passed my first driving test. I was minding my own business, going to pick up some friends from a nightclub. The impact was so violent that the car bent like a banana, the transmission tunnel collapsed and my seat ended up on the passenger side of the car. To this day I still have back problems and on a bad day, I have to turn my full body to speak to the person next to me because my neck is stiff. Something like this could have saved me a lifetime of pain. On the other hand, this technology is required to be preemptive. The car needs to sense that an impact is close in order to deploy the system. I have seen airbags pop out because someone hit a speed bump too hard and I’ve even seen them pop out a couple of times for no apparent reason at all. A false deployment of this system could injure anyone standing too close or damage an overtaking car, even push both cars off the road, not to mention the repair costs for a false deployment. I like the idea, but I don’t think technology has come far enough to make it a reliable system. 50 million Takata airbags have been recalled due to faulty igniters already. To me, that just says we aren’t quite there yet.
  13. Can apply these three to electric cars and they fit like a glove.
  14. Sorry but I don’t buy into it. Point 1, any fuel tank is never safe. And I for one would never trust a carbon fibre tank. Carbon fibre is strong but it’s only as strong as the resin holding it together. Have you ever seen a carbon fibre panel after a crash? It explodes into thousands of tiny shards. It’s basically glorified fibreglass. Point 2, it is clean but it’s not clean to produce. Yes hydrogen does burn clean as I already stated but, it’s the current process of manufacturing hydrogen that is unclean. What’s the point of a clean fuel if you make pollution to create it? Point 3, exactly, there is no infrastructure. Where are you going to go to fill up your hydrogen car? Do you want to have to drive 100 miles to the nearest station every time? Inconvenient is the word. People want to fill up on their commute home, not travel to do it. What if you run out? You’ll need a recovery truck to get back.
  15. Have a look at this one: https://www.hygen.com/the-top-3-myths-about-hydrogen-fuel-cell-electric-cars/
  16. The Hyundai Nexo hydrogen powered car Pretty decent looking everyday driving car, no mad outlandish futuristic styling, and I think that matters. Most people don’t want some mad futuristic thing, they want a car they can drive every day. So, Hyundai seem to be making a big push on this car now. Look at that interior though, so 2006, So how do y’all think this hydrogen technology will go? I love the idea behind it. Split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Store the hydrogen and release the oxygen into the atmosphere. When you burn the hydrogen, it takes the oxygen back out of the atmosphere and turns back to water. As clean as clean can be. But.... it takes a lot of energy (electricity) to split water. If fossil fuels or the current nuclear energy is being used to split the water, it defeats the purpose. Wind is unreliable. Solar energy is the only real solution and that’s only available during the daytime. Then we have to add the fact that hydrogen is explosive as heck. Remember the Hindenburg anyone? It’s dangerous to transport and store. Do you really want some of the “mentally challenged” people who can’t even fill their own car to be in charge of what is essentially a bomb on wheels? One venture into the wrong lane without indicators and the hydrogen “pop” could wipe out everything in a 500m radius.
  17. They are saying this since the last 10 years for electric cars, hybrid cars, and autonomous cars, but the problem is there 10-year countdown hasn't started yet. I don't think this is possible in Dubai either unless you got so bored to reach Oman by picking random roads.
  18. I’m not averse to the idea of self driving cars. I love the idea of going to a bar, having a few beers, and your car will drop you home again and park itself ready for work in the morning. I read an article on BBC news today saying that “normal” people will stop buying normal cars within 10 years. Whilst I love the idea of self driving cars, most of my driving has been random bored drives. Picking random roads to see where they go, ending up at the top of a mountain somewhere and enjoying the view. I don’t think this human element can ever be eliminated.
  19. everything seems bitter but eventually it just catches on...
  20. Well I wouldn't mind self driving cars for the shitty stuff like long commutes in traffic, or long bland highway drives. Most of todays cars are atleast 80% self drive on highway with adaptive cruise control and lane assist anyways. Add self steering to that and you are 100% auto drive on the highway atleast. But in busy cities I wouldn't trust it too much. Like commercial jets are 95% "auto drive" nowadays with pilots on hand flying them while take off and landing. Although most can autoland too, rest of the time the pilot is just there to see everything is working as its suppose to.
  21. In my opinion humans are very advanced when it comes to sensory control and adaption, but too many drivers are either texting, acting emotional, or cannot adjust to the pace of the traffic by driving too fast or too slow. How much i love and enjoy driving, i came to the conclusion that technology is currently advancing at a speed that we reached a point where in a few years a computer or self-driving car will be so much better and safer than any human could ever try to be. Look at the benefits and how many thousands of lives could be spared every year simply due to the fact that a computer does not become tired or distracted. In the near future i suspect that the majority of the cars will be on AUTO-drive mode during the commute, but you should always have the ability to take the wheel and choose for yourselves if you like to drive your car. I still remember a family member that was a professional bus driver for 30+ years that didn't want to use GPS systems. When GPS became commercial his daughter bought him his first TOMTOM system and he never looked back and admitted the ease of use in every city or town around the globe. Goes to show how fast the world changes and we all have to adapt and open ourselves up to the technologic evolution.
  22. Amazing to see how tech is being used to make people lazy. Where is the love of driving cars gone now......! With all respect of hi-tech sensory world, but autonomous can never replicate real human reaction and still keep the pace. Only thing autonomous is learning now to brake brake and brake on slightest of instant swerve 300 lanes beside, that is not good. I have an adaptive cruise in Range and as much as I love it for the safety aspect, I hate it and stopped using it now as it brakes more often and 9 out of 10 times for some lame reasons. And in the minimal gap, it needs 50 meters in front of it completely empty.
  23. Ever wonder how autonomous cars see the road? Well here a simple guide,
  24. Maybe not car related but this is a beautiful video of todays Falcon 9 launch. We’ve come a long way since the Americans sent people into the upper atmosphere in cobbled up pieces of aluminium shite. It’s just a shame we have all this knowledge but still choose to ruin the world we have to live in.
  25. Nope no clue who Ari is and what a climbdance. And each to his own I guess. These French POS's are as Treks put it have the same amount of appeal to me as a toaster or a fridge. Although I think my toaster is better looking than all the French crap posted in this thread, and more useful too.
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