11 01 2018

Dale BertramI was finally sitting down after a long day, hoping to relax a little.  I turned on the news and heard that Nissan was researching technology where your car could read your mind!  Whaaaattttt?  I thought of road-rage drivers, under-the-influence drivers, and those who just aren’t the best drivers!  Scary.  I then started researching to learn more as I couldn’t believe this could ever be a good thing!  Here is what I discovered:

  • The driver would wear a skullcap that measures brainwaves and activity.
  • The autonomous car would analyze this activity in real time.
  • The system would then alter steering, acceleration and braking based on the driver’s brain analysis…basically knowing what you want before you do.
  • This supposedly improves reaction time and increases driving enjoyment.
  • This also enables the car to respond to the driver’s needs to improve the comfort of the drive such as heating/air conditioning. This keeps the driver relaxed.

Why is this important if a car can drive itself without human interference?  According to Nissan, we humans enjoy the driving experience and do not wish to give up that pleasure to “a machine.”

We will see…




Electric Vehicle Updates

31 08 2017

Dale Bertram– According to the ChargePoint report, 542,000 electric cars have been sold in the U.S. to date.

– Tesla Model S is by far the best-selling electric car in the U.S.

– Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a study recently forecasting that electric cars will be reducing oil demand significantly by 2040.

– Ride-hailing firm Lyft plans to deliver at least one billion rides in electric, autonomous vehicles by 2025.

– According to the most recent data compiled by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the 1997 Accord and 1998 Civic were the most stolen cars nationwide in 2016.

– Nissan will be showing the next-generation Leaf all-electric car during National Drive Electric Week, following right after the global reveal on September 5.

– Volkswagen’s Electrify America subsidiary is partnering with Texas-based EVgo to establish a network of electric vehicle charging stations across the United States.

– Bloomberg analysis piece points to natural gas vehicles having failed in a race won by cheap gasoline prices and growth in electric vehicle sales.

– Lyft is focusing on self-driving cars.

– Lyft says it got a boost from Uber’s woes!

– UK plans to stop sale of all diesel, petrol cars by 2040.  



Vehicle Updates

4 05 2017

Dale BertramThe state of autonomous vehicles and the cybersecurity of connected cars is constantly changing, so I sometimes hesitate to report on the latest and greatest for fear it will be “old news” by the time it is published…but since some of you have been asking…here goes!

  • A company called NuTonomy is testing these vehicles in Boston even though Uber had a crash of its autonomous vehicle in Arizona in March.
  • Legislation has been reintroduced recently dealing with improved cybersecurity for cars (and airplanes). Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal’s proposal hopes to create cybersecurity and privacy standards for today’s connected vehicles, as well as a rating system for cars. Rep. Ted Lieu hopes to prevent attacks on connected cars with his introduction of the Security and Privacy in Your Car Study Act.
  • Intel Corp., wants to dominate technology for self-driving cars with plans to purchase Mobileye NV.
  • Tony Aquila of Solera Holdings is deeply concerned about vehicle owners’ privacy. If not properly protected, the detailed data from technology (including brake sensors) could be used in ways that would not benefit vehicle owners.

Some states are moving ahead with their own rules and regulations hoping that the federal government will start moving forward on such quickly.  The biggest holdup may be the old “who is liable” if things go wrong.

The change is coming… we just don’t know how quickly…

How Will Phoenix Be Commuting in the Future?

23 06 2016

Dale BertramThere is a lot of noise out there about the cars of the future.  As a child, I often dreamed of flying around in a car like George Jetson’s.  We are still waiting for that to be the normal mode of transport.  What do we have?

  • Gasoline Engine: This old standby is popular because even though we often have reason to complain about gasoline prices, the cost to buy an electric or battery operated vehicle is much higher than the cost to buy a gasoline powered car.  Gas pumps are everywhere as well so you don’t have to map your route based on charging stations. The gasoline engine is still the most convenient, economical form of transport.
  • Electric/Battery Cars: We hear a lot about this “clean” driving. It is great for the environment but the high cost makes it a tough sell.  Out of the 17 million new cars sold in 2015, only 115,000 were non-gasoline…and those were mostly battery or plug-ins.
  • Autonomous Cars: These sophisticated alternatives to the gasoline engine are all the talk right now.  If the manufacturers can move past the software glitches these cars could be very attractive to drivers…if the price is right and they can learn to trust a vehicle without a steering wheel.  A great deal of money is being allocated towards these vehicles to third party software experts.  Tests are ongoing at this time…on our roads!
  • Shared Rides: In metropolitan areas this is catching on.  Many consumers have decided to give up the hassle of car ownership and thanks to Uber and Lyft and Zipcar, commuters aren’t having to shell out the big dollars to take a taxi.  It is a growing industry but it will be a while before it is available nationwide and these companies are having some hassles along the way.

The race to find the most efficient and affordable vehicle has been going on for a very long time.  Steam, crank and other resources have at one time or another been created and tested.  The first electric vehicles were being tinkered with in the 1830’s and the first gasoline in the 1870’s.  We will just have to keep working on finding the best mode of transportation for us and our environment!

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