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  1. Always like horns as a feature - getting it so it doesn’t look tacky is the hard bit - in reality I presume you can take a chance - can’t be too expensive to get them recoated if first choice simply does not work or your taste changes over time?
  2. Don’t waste your money Simon get a cold chisel album instead
  3. Early adopter - awesome
  4. We never hear a lot about injuries stats - mostly fatalities for the year to date etc - it will be interesting to watch what happens to injury statics if AI does increase in use. Injuries Rates of injuries sustained in car accidents have been on the rise since 2001. There was an 8.6% increase in the number of hospitalised injuries in the time period from 2006 to 2013. Injuries sustained in road accidents are 27 times higher than those of fatality rates and there are concerns that this number will continue to rise. One possible cause for the increase in injuries is that the focus of transport safety technologies in Australia is on life saving strategies rather than injury prevention. Reducing the severity of accidents on the road could be contributing to the reduction in fatalities but could be also responsible for the increase in injuries. Injuries account for 40% of the total social cost of roach crashes in Australia with money allocated between disability related costs, medical expenses and out of work productivity costs. In 2016 the total costs came in over $33 billion, a 22% increase from 2006. It is hard to maintain accurate injury reporting across all states and territories, as some road crash injuries are not reported at all, treated only by paramedics or private doctors or are not admitted to hospital.
  5. Apologies if this is "too" much about politics bit obviously a little hard to avoid at the moment - I listen to Simon he has been a long time owner/user (I think he had the very first roadster in Australia from memory?) - He obviously has skin in the game re renewables/battery but he is a very good thinker - he at least can talk from personal experience given he also flies and electric plane ;-) - Mods feel free to delete if you consider the article is too politicised - I think his views add some value Embrace the electric vehicle revolution: Hackett News With the federal election imminent, an Adelaide technology entrepreneur calls for political leadership in getting behind the wheel of a global transport revolution. Jessica Bassano Friday April 26, 2019 Internode founder and entrepreneur Simon Hackett says too much political infighting and not enough innovation has caused Australia to lag behind other first world nations on electric vehicle policy – and climate policy more broadly. “Australia in general is so bereft in renewable energy policy in general… it doesn’t know if it wants to have a carbon price or not, [it] doesn’t know if that’s good or bad,” Hackett said. “The irony is it’s good but … somehow the major parties are only interested in arguing about crazy things. “If you can’t even decide if solar and battery incentives are good in your house, it’s hard to get your brain as far as what you might drive on the street. “We are distinguished in Australia for being the first world economy that has the least incentives for electric cars, and so perhaps it’s not surprising that we are also the global laggard in the uptake of them… in a first world sense.” While the United States, Europe and Asia embrace electric vehicles, at the beginning of 2018 electric vehicles made up just 0.1 per cent of Australia’s new vehicle sales. Norway, by comparison, had more than 20 per cent of new sales coming from electric vehicles. In a bid to increase Australia’s electric vehicle uptake, Labor’s climate policy includes a national electric vehicle target of 50 per cent of all new car sales by 2030, a government fleet target of 50 per cent by 2025 and tax deductions for businesses purchasing electric vehicles. But Hackett, an early owner of a Tesla electric car, says the policy doesn’t go far enough. He wants a major party to adopt the Greens transport sector policy, which includes a 100 per cent electric vehicle target by 2030 and the establishment of a $151 million fund to provide grants for the installation of public electric vehicle charging infrastructure. “It is not greatly different to the policy structures now in place and actively being deployed in multiple comparable countries,” he said. “It would also create the economic conditions that could drive a return to Australia vehicle manufacture of innovative cars. “[But] I don’t see either [Labor or the Coalition] having the mental strength to adopt the Greens EV/transport sector policy, but I do very much wish that one of them would. “As the late Steve Jobs reminded us: Good artists copy, great artists steal. I wish one of the majors would steal that policy and call it their own.” However, he says Labor’s policy is a great start. “Having a policy advancing the presence of EVs – at all – is far better than no policy at all or, worse, active anti-EV sentiment for the sake of attempting to create a contrived policy differential,” says Hackett. “The fact that Labor have a policy is interesting because it’s sent the Coalition into a tight spiral. Ironically both major parties support the idea of EVs, it’s just for the purpose of this election campaign the Coalition are saying they don’t just to create an artificial policy difference.” In 2018 Treasurer Josh Frydenberg penned a story for Fairfax media, spruiking electric vehicles and forecasting one million of them on Australian roads by 2030. “A global revolution in electric vehicles is under way”, wrote Frydenberg. “And with the right preparation, planning and policies, Australian consumers are set to be the big beneficiaries.” Despite that past enthusiasm for electric vehicles, Energy Minister Angus Taylor told the ABC earlier this month a returned Coalition Government would not follow the lead of other countries. Despite this, he said the Coalition was not against electric cars, and was working on an electric vehicle strategy. Hackett said Australian electric vehicle critics only need to look overseas to see the benefits. “[Politicians] saying things that are directly false in order to try and create an artificial policy difference is just ludicrous, and you see these statements that are just complete rubbish,” says Hackett. On claims that electric vehicles don’t have the power to tow, Hackett laughs: “Bloody hell, of course they can,” he said.. “Look on YouTube, you can find a variety of people using their Tesla Xs, the one we have, to tow trailers which in turn have sports cars in them… these things are incredibly powerful for towing, of course they can tow things. “There’s this whole conversation that they won’t be practical, that they take too long to charge. That’s just silly. The answer for ‘how long it takes to charge?’ for most people is the same answer for ‘how long does it take to charge your smart phone?’ The answer is, I don’t know. I’m asleep at the time. “It’s a habit thing. It takes 10 seconds to charge an EV. You plug it into your garage, and you walk away and in the morning it’s full. Everything else is noise.”
  6. also a question is autonomous functionality going to be built into ICE vehicles alongside EV (and I don't mean the current level of AI - I mean more advanced level3/4) or is it a given that the development will be locked onto the aspects of EV design - eg electric motor control and basic platform integration that wont be invested in when we think of the ICE vehicles of today?
  7. I have to agree I cant get my head around getting into a car with no steering wheel? I just assumed for the foreseeable future there would human control/override functionality as a safety measure - am I missing something?
  8. but we are on roads with people who drink and drive, go to sleep at the wheel, are on ice, are senile, are visually impaired, are missing limbs, and every single one of us makes errors every time we go out on the road? I think you are "anti - AI" be careful they will pass a law soon about AI discrimination ;-)
  9. Cheers thanks for the perspective - I guess it’s a time will tell argument
  10. Thanks for that really helpful - I watched the following link - you may have no interest in sitting through it - but if you do watch it I’d appreciate knowing if it changes anything you have already stated? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PVCI1HJCV_I
  11. Tesla driver clocks 908km in one day in Australian outback A Tesla driver doing a round-Australia trip in an electric car has clocked almost 1,000km in one day driving to Perth, Western Australia. Richard Smith (aka @outbacktesla) tweeted the impressive achievement on Thursday after reaching the Western Australian capital, completing the long drive from hometown Darwin. It is the first leg in a mission to travel to all Australian states and capital cities to prove the point that electric cars can travel long distances across the wide expanses of Australia. Incidentally, Smith was the first point of call for Dutchman Wiebe Wakker – who recently completed a world record-breaking 95,000km trip from Europe and around Australia. Unlike Wakker’s converted VW Golf with about 230km range, Smith is driving a Model X 100D, with just over twice the range of Wakker’s Golf. Over Wednesday and Thursday last week Smith travelled 1,789km in total – and without using a DC fast-charger. “I just thought that was worthy of shouting out, in that the most common thing you hear – and I hear it a lot in the top end because everyone’s driving to Alice Springs over a couple of days (which is 1,600km) – they say you can’t do that in electric vehicle,” Smith told The Driven in an interview. With each day’s drive split into two parts with a few hours’ rest in between while the car charged up again, Smith says rather than experiencing “range anxiety” he felt “range confidence”. “I talk to people about range confidence – the feedback the car’s giving you all the time about your remaining charge and your remaining range and how efficient you’re being, you know you get a lot of information in real time,” Smith says. With the ability to enter your destination into modern EVs, Smith says that to him driving an electric car is the exact opposite of range anxiety. “You plug in where you going in your navigation and then you get a whole heap of trip information right up front and in fact, if you’re not going to make it, the car will tell you, or it will tell you have to drive it under 90km/hr.” “To me, range anxiety is an orange petrol light coming on when you’re 50kms out of somewhere and you don’t know whether that means you’ve got 70km or you’ve got 10km – with these cars you know absolutely how far you can get, which is fantastic,” Smith says. In addition to the feedback given by his Tesla, Smith says that his Tesla’s enhanced Autopilot has made the outback’s long distances easier and safer to drive. “I’ve got the enhanced Autopilot and on a road trip it is brilliant, I think so far this trip maybe I’ve actually driven about 10% of the time, and I’ve had the car on Autopilot the rest of the time,” he says, adding that he’s got his hands ready to takeover as required. Smith says he arrives feeling less drained from the long drive, but also – importantly – is more attentive to the road when driving. “Because the is car steering and taking care of the speed … you keep your eyes up and you’re looking around and probably scanning a bit more than usual, rather than [looking] down at my speedo all the time. “You definitely do arrived more refreshed … the enhanced Autopilot is perfect for outback driving, it’ll follow the road, it will brake if you’ve got cars in front of you, it’ll do all that no problems at all.” Smith expects the trip, once finished, will be around 20,000km – although he may have to leave Tasmania out due to a flat tyre that kept him in Perth over Easter. In Perth, he was able to plug the car into the first Tesla Supercharger of the trip – but for the next stretch to Adelaide it will be back to AC charging with the next Supercharger 2,700km away. In the meantime, Smith plans to stop at motels and hotels that offer electric car charging – where he can wake up with a “full tank” every morning. Is the Australian outback ready for electric cars? Smith thinks so. “The bush are actually really ready for EVs,” he says. “They’re very interested in them, such as little roadhouses that I’ve stopped at in the middle of nowhere, they actually know about EVs, they’re taking the trouble to put a plugin even if their core business is selling petrol,” says Smith. “They’re ready for EVs and they they’ll tell you that they can see the future coming and they are more than happy with it.” Opps sorry mods another article discussing range but also mention autonomous feature benefits - thinks its better suited to the EV thread but I may be confused with the new requirement to post in related autonomous ev thread
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