Obama Should Kill the Combustion Engine - MemeBox's Garry Golden on The Takeaway

November 13 2008 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Energy   Year: General   Rating: 13 Hot

MemeBox’s Garry Golden, Editor of The Energy Roadmap, just meme-blasted the minds of morning commuters across the country with his analysis of the near-term future of transportation and suggestions for our new President-elect. [Podcast of Interview]

Appearing on PRI’s The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, Golden was asked how he would advise Congress and the upcoming Obama administration on the proposed U.S. multi-billion dollar auto industry bailout. He responded by unequivocally advocating the avoidance of “any further investments into the old combustion engine model” arguing that the country needs to quickly move past hybrids by leap-frogging “to an all-electric platform.”

Garry pointed out that “the electric vehicle is … going global quickly”, thus opening a market window to countries like China who are developing competencies in areas such as battery production. So it’s now incumbent upon U.S. companies like GM to successfully adapt to the new conditions, possibly by building out the new electrically powered chassis that will serve as platform for new transport structures.

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Coming soon: cars that wink, laugh, cry, and get angry

June 16 2008 / by futuretalk / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Transportation   Year: General   Rating: 11 Hot

By Dick Pelletier

In the future, your car will detect danger possibilities and protect you as you encounter other cars on the road. It will automatically display a happy, sad, or angry look to convey appropriate feelings to other drivers in response to their action. This is the vision of four Toyota Motor employees in Japan who recently patented this creative technology.

Car modifications include a hood with slits and designs that resemble eyebrows, eyelids and tears, which glow with different light shades and colors to reflect desired moods; an antenna that wags like a puppy dog’s tail to show happiness; and a body that can crouch low on its wheelbase when timid, or stand tall to express displeasure.

By 2015 or before, “cars with feelings” could be arriving at dealer showrooms everywhere. These cars can display a wide range of expressions to help us interact with other drivers on the road. Today, we can only honk horns, tap brakes, flash headlights, or use turn signals. It’s difficult to thank another driver for letting us enter the lane, or to show disapproval at someone who cuts us off.

The intelligence system on these new cars with personalities calculate road and vehicle conditions such as steering angle, braking, and speed. It also correlates driver reactions, road and car conditions, and automatically creates correct color and position for the eyebrows, antenna, lights and vehicle height.

If a pre-set number of points indicate an approaching careless or hostile driver, the system creates an anger reaction. The headlights glow red, the eyebrows light up, but the antenna and height remains in a standard “cool” position. A happy, satisfied look is displayed to reward a courteous driver. A friendly “wink” shows that you agree with a driver’s action, or it could also be an attempt at flirting. (cont.)

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WiFi Aboard Chrysler Cars Later This Year

March 24 2008 / by memebox / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Transportation   Year: 2008   Rating: 9

Bloomberg reports that beleaguered auto manufacturer Chrysler LLC will begin offering wifi aboard their vehicles later this year. As the first major auto producer to provide internet access, this will give the company a big brand and gadgetry edge, though its vehicles will no doubt continue to lag in mileage and quality construction.

The feature will be added to existing vehicles by dealers beginning this year and later be installed on the assembly line, Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President—Product Development, said. The Wi-Fi port, initially to be sold as a separate device, will eventually be built into the vehicle’s radio system and coordinated with other audio and video technologies to allow such things as transferring music files from the user’s home computer.

Users will need a subscription to a wireless carrier in order to connect to the internet, which will likely limit access to areas within range of cell towers. Nevertheless, it marks a fresh start for a desperate company sorely in need of compelling consumer offerings, allowing a variety of applications, such as basic navigation systems and music downloads, and eventually a much broader suite of networked add-ons.

Somewhat surprisingly, it appears that the future of auto-web connectivity will first be championed by an American manufacturer.

1.7 Million GM Cars Will Be Equipped With OnStar's "Stolen Vehicle Slowdown" Software in 2009

October 23 2008 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Security   Year: 2009   Rating: 9 Hot

General Motors (GM) and OnStar have successfully demonstrated a prototype technology called Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, which does exactly that – it allows OnStar advisors working with law enforcement to send a signal to a subscriber’s stolen vehicle to reduce engine power, slowing the vehicle down gradually.

The exact process for Stolen Vehicle Slowdown (at right) goes as follows:

- Once the vehicle has been reported stolen to law enforcement, the subscriber can call OnStar and request Stolen Vehicle Assistance. OnStar will confirm the subscriber has not opted out of the Stolen Vehicle Slowdown service.

- OnStar uses real-time GPS technology to attempt to pinpoint the exact location of the stolen vehicle and provide this information to law enforcement to help them recover the vehicle.

- When law enforcement has established a clear line of sight of the stolen vehicle, law enforcement may request OnStar to slow it down remotely.

- OnStar then sends a remote signal to the vehicle that interacts with the Powertrain system to reduce engine power which will slow the vehicle down gradually.

Worried that the wrong car might be targeted? OnStar insists that “Safeguards will be in place to ensure that the correct vehicle is slowed down.”

Stolen Vehicle Slowdown comes along just as more people are installing automobile kill switches to protect their property, bring down insurance rates and protect innocent bystanders in the event of a high speed chase.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, about 30,000 police chases occur yearly and approximately 300 deaths occur as a result of those chases. Kill switches could have a major impact on these casualties.

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BMW's Vision of the Future Car

June 13 2008 / by juldrich / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Business & Work   Year: 2020   Rating: 6 Hot

By Jack Uldrich

Cross-posted from www.jumpthecurve.net

The German automaker BMW, in introducing its new “Light Visionary Model” prototype – which it dubs GINA (Geometry and Functions “N” Adaptions”) – writes this: “The key to affecting the development of tomorrow’s mobility lies in our readiness to challenge what is established and in the ability to present new options.”

I encourage you to watch the short video below. Notice how the doors and hoods no longer open – they fold and zip open – and how the lights do open but they “blink” open (much like the human eye), and I think you’ll agree that BMW’s innovative thinking could be providing us a glimpse into the future of what automobiles might look and feel like.

Amazing Video of Car/Pod That Pivots on a Dime

March 20 2008 / by Accel Rose / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Transportation   Year: 2008   Rating: 5

Check out this awesome car/pod prototype that carries up to three passengers and can pivot on a dime to change directions. I recall seeing concept drawings of this and thought it was still a year or two in the future, so I was surprised to come across this video of a functional, albeit slow, version of the product.


For the life of me, I can’t recall which company is behind this elegant weird new car. Does anyone know who’s producing this totally new approach to transport and when I’ll be able to rent one in NYC?

Buddy Can you Spare a $Billion? How about $18b? Automakers Ask Congress for Loans

December 03 2008 / by joelg / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Energy   Year: 2008   Rating: 3

225_fiftybilliondollars.jpgBy Joel Greenberg

What Happened?
Responding to the US government's request that they provide plans for what they would do with government loans, the Big Three automanufacturers presented their plans.  Here's an overview of what they're asking.

The Big Three automakers all describe a 'perfect storm':

- sales down 30% or so from last year due to downturn in economy
- credit markets frozen so they can't offer credit to car buyers, accelerating the decrease in sales.
- All in various stages of transition to new technology (smaller vehicles, electric vehicles, more fuel efficient gas engines & drive trains, etc.)

'Help us through this rough patch,' they all seem to be saying, 'and we'll help you by not tanking the economy even further.'  GM is the most direct in articulating the threat.  "A failure by GM will likely trigger catastrophic damage to the U.S. economy..." while Chrysler goes into detail why a bailout is preferable to bankruptcy.  Ford's the most upbeat. "We note that Ford is in a different situation from our competitors, in that we believe our Company has the necessary liquidity to weather this current economic downturn – assuming that it is of limited duration." 

Here's what they're asking for:

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iPhone App Starts Car

November 25 2009 / by Jeff Hilford
Category: Technology   Year: 2009   Rating: 2

Crap...did I lock the car?

No worries.  With the Viper SmartStart you can not only remotely lock and unlock your car but also start it and adjust the climate control.  From anywhere.

 

 

Another step forward in the smartphone as remote control for life.

 

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Eye On The Prize: $10 Mil for Car that Does 3,000 Miles per Fill-up

October 27 2008 / by Will / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Technology   Year: 2008   Rating: 1

Cross posted from Where There’s A William (with edits) by Will Brown.

I would like a concensus, should I submit this to the X-Prize Foundation for official consideration?

The Singularity Summit was held this past weekend. X-Prize Foundation CEO Peter Diamandis confirmed that there is something in the works leading to what he termed a Singularity University, prompting Alvis Brigis to ask:

“Might this be a first step toward a Singularity X-Prize? :) What do you think a “Singularity University” might consist of?”

I address these questions directly in comments, but all of the foregoing inspires me to suggest a future X-Prize for the good doctor’s consideration: The Island Hop Challenge.

Here are the terms:

A $10 million prize to the first vehicle that can travel from Staten Island in New York to Coronado Island in California, within a six day period and using only the fuel carried by the vehicle at the start of the challenge (plug-in recharge of electric vehicles is forbidden, but an on-board mechanism to re-fill the internal fuel storage is permitted if such is powered from the vehicles on-board power system).

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Williams Auto Body

April 09 2014 / by Williamsautobody / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Other   Year: 2014   Month: Apr   Rating: 1 New

Car has a dearer place in our life. No one want to see their cars in crashing or color fading stage.  Williams Auto Body is a proficient name to repair your cars....

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