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  • Self-driving cars vs. the law [View news story]
    I keep hearing the fallacious postulate that there will be legal roadblocks, presumably related to what would occur after an accident due to a hardware or software glitch in a self-driving car.

    Well first consider that 95% plus of all accidents are due to driver error, distraction, falling asleep, inattention, answering cell phones, putting on makeup, etc., etc., etc.

    Google's self-driving car has had one accident after 450,000 miles, it stopped at a red light and someone ran into the back of it.

    Self-driving cars will most likely have an accident rate of 1/20th. or less than a human driven car.

    In the case of an accident responsibility is established and the insurance company of the guilty party pays damages to the aggrieved party.

    The fact that it is a human or a machine that caused the accident should have no bearing on the settlement or the amount of the settlement.

    However if you are an insurance company that can insure millions of people driving cars or or millions of self-driving car with 1/20th. or less accident rate, who do you think will pay the lowest premiums, the person or the self-driving vehicle?

    As a mater of fact, I believe that in a few years after the introduction of self-driving vehicles, a person driving a human only vehicle will have to pay exorbitant insurance rates.

    The situation reminds me of a Syfy story by Larry Niven, in which a human space ship pilot, born on another planet returns to visit earth and is taken to see cars racing on what is left of the freeways, upon being told that the cars were driven only by humans, he almost panics, quickly backs away from the road and exclaims, "are the crazy?"

    Any quotes from the Larry Niven novel are from memory and the wording, though not the concept may differ, I apologize if this is so.

    antiguajohn
    Mar 21, 2015. 01:19 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • SpaceX's Threat To Lockheed Martin And Boeing's ULA [View article]
    They are finally starting to realize that it's not just SpaceX, it's Tesla plus, Solar City, plus the Giga Factory, Elon has been visionary enough to realize that disparate industries can actually de synergistic if you are smart enough to know which one's to combine.


    "SpaceX's Threat To Lockheed Martin And Boeing.
    Through their joint venture the ULA, Lockheed Martin and Boeing have held a virtual monopoly over U.S. Air Force space launches."

    No crap Sherlock, for years you have been screwing the US taxpayers with over he top costs and now you are finally starting to see what Elon Musk saw many years ago?

    Though I must admit some of the stuff tyou did was exceptionally spectacular and now something called "The Free Market", which you espoused, is taking hold and prices are dropping, which benefits taxpayers and consumers, so don't cry when what you asked for came to be.

    Go Tesla. Go and teach the a lesson they will not soon forget.

    Yeah, I know, Ia'm being a bit hyperbolic, but I couldn't resist the temptation to gloat;-)

    antiguajohn
    Mar 18, 2015. 09:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: Gigafactory Tipping Point [View article]
    You ask, "So where is the tipping point".

    What you have posted is a straw-man argument.

    Less than 1% of drivers fueling up on long trips spend only 5 minutes fueling up after a 200 mile drive, the other 99% need to stretch their legs go to the restroom, get a snack, etc., etc., etc.

    antiguajohn
    Mar 3, 2015. 08:37 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Opens Up Its Patents: What Altruism? This Is A Strategic Move [View article]
    If I had the choice between an Elon Musk who's open patent move may benefit himself at the same time it benefits other businesses as well as the planet, or choose some business man who keeps his patents locked away to benefit himself and stockholders while screwing the planet ................. well I would take an Elon Musk any day.
    Jun 13, 2014. 01:10 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Opens Up Its Patents: What Altruism? This Is A Strategic Move [View article]
    As for me the choice of an Elon Musk who's open patent move may benefit himself at the same time it benefits other businesses as well as the planet, or to choose some business man who keeps his patents locked away to benefit himself and stockholders while screwing the planet ................. well I would take an Elon Musk any day.
    Jun 13, 2014. 12:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Opens Up Its Patents: What Altruism? This Is A Strategic Move [View article]
    As for me the choice between an Elon Musk who's open patent move may benefit himself at the same time it benefits other businesses as well as the planet, or to choose some business man who keeps his patents locked away to benefit himself and stockholders while screwing the planet ................. well I would take an Elon Musk any day.
    Jun 13, 2014. 12:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Has More Loyal Followers Than Joe Carroll, Shorting It Is Not Easy [View article]
    No keefwotspeaksthetroof

    It's your facts and logic that are KAPUT

    Scientia Non Domus,

    antiguajohn
    Apr 29, 2014. 10:14 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Has More Loyal Followers Than Joe Carroll, Shorting It Is Not Easy [View article]
    keefwotspeaksthetroof Consumer Reports latest car owner satisfaction report came out a few weeks ago.

    The previous high score was Lexus at a 78% satisfaction score.

    This year Tesla Model S in their first year on the survey scored a 99% customer satisfaction rating!

    Data and facts rule BS walks.

    antiguajohn
    Apr 29, 2014. 10:12 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Has More Loyal Followers Than Joe Carroll, Shorting It Is Not Easy [View article]
    Actually used Tesla Model S have been selling for more than their new price, to people whom are willing to pay a premium to not wait, so keefwotspeaksthetroof your post is patently fallacious.

    antiguajohn
    Apr 29, 2014. 10:06 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New Mercedes electric minivan has a Tesla touch [View news story]
    Hi frindgle,

    So how much are you getting paid by big oil to spread this FUD?
    Apr 17, 2014. 02:02 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Global electric vehicle production on the rise [View news story]
    For EVs:

    1 - Produce electricity which travels over existing electrical grid.

    2 - Plug in EV at home, work or many countrywide charge points.

    For hydrogen vehicles:

    1 - Energy to make hydrogen.

    2 - Storage for the hydrogen.

    3 - Transport of hydrogen to storage at point of sale.

    4 - Staffing of point of sale.

    Any questions?

    Or do I need to direct you to that old engineering KISS principle:

    Keep It Simple Stupid!

    Nuff said.

    antiguajohn
    Feb 5, 2014. 01:06 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Car-to-car talk around the corner [View news story]
    There is medical treatment available for paranoia!

    I would tell you but they are watching me .........................
    .........................
    Feb 4, 2014. 05:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Ambitious SuperCharger Infrastructure Build Is SuperExpensive [View article]
    Hi Fellows,

    Your belief that the fossil fuel business will not face decline any time soon reminds me of DEC Computers, whose CEO Ken Olsen who in 1977 said: "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home,"

    One would do well to remember "Schumpeter's gale", a term in economics which has since the 1950's quote by Austrian American economist Joseph Schumpeter, also referred to as "Creative Destruction".

    It refers to the concept that one of the cornerstones of a successful capitalist system is that in a free market newer, more efficient and less costly products will cause older less efficient businesses to cease to exist, in the end this benefits the economy and the consumer.

    The fossil fuel business must not be immune to this, if they manage to stop progress through politics and bribery, it bodes ill for the long term health of the economy.

    When this tripping point occurs, historically it will be considered a rapid transition.

    antiguajohn
    Feb 4, 2014. 02:45 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Ambitious SuperCharger Infrastructure Build Is SuperExpensive [View article]
    Hi Fund Manager;

    Regarding the Tesla supercharger network, I believe that many people are making erroneous assumptions regarding it's long term financial viability.

    Many people calculate the usage and subsequent cost to Tesla, they surmise that a Tesla on a long trip will need to be recharged with 50 KW plus at a supercharger station at least once during the trip and in many cases several times.

    So far so good, however the EV haters extend this to every Tesla on the road and purport that with "every Tesla Tesla charging up every day with 50 KW plus, the cost of electricity will cripple Tesla's future earnings.

    SAY WHAT?

    It' s amazing how many get sucked into this fallacy, then again look at how many swallow the Faux News Kool-Aid every day.

    The truth is that the DOT did a study in 2002 and determined that 80% of Americans drive less than 40 miles every day and 57% drove less than 25 miles per day.

    Given the above data, it's safe to assume that not every Tesla will charge up 50 KWh. every day at a supercharger station, as a matter of fact, most Tesla owners charge up at home and many of these have home solar systems.

    So we are left with the 20% who drive more than 40 miles per day, however Tesla has a 200 mile plus range, which more than 5 times that 40 miles per day statistic, I suspect that the number of Tesla's that end up using the Superchargers every day will be perhaps 1 to 3 percent?

    Meanwhile the solar systems installed by Tesla are producing electricity and any excess is sold back to the grid.

    Then there is the interest on $2,000 charge or set-aside for access to the supercharger stations and combined with income from excess generated power from the solar systems, Tesla may even end up covering the costs of running the supercharger system, or even turn a small profit!

    Elon Musk may have out-thought everyone else in the box and good on him for that, he wins and the country wins by getting off fossil fuels, it's a win, win for everyone.

    OK, OK, not for Big Oil, but they have been feeding at the trough for way too long.

    Scientia Non Domus,
    (Knowledge has No Home)

    antiguajohn
    Feb 3, 2014. 03:20 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New Models From Honda And Audi Will Consign Tesla And Its Superchargers To A Smaller Niche [View article]
    As Spock would say, "Logical Thought" your thoughts are illogical;-)

    antiguan
    Feb 1, 2014. 09:14 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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