Friday, 8 September 2017

Jaguar has an electric E-type



E-type Zero
Credit: Jaguar Land Rover Classic/The Verge

Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s electric E-type is much more than a one off conversion – the battery fits into the space previously occupied by the XK straight-six – the electric motor is just behind, displacing the gearbox. Battery & motor are a bolt-in replacement for the XK engine & gearbox. In other words, essentially a conversion kit for all of the cars fitted with the XK engine between 1949 & 1992.1

Power is delivered to the differential ordained by Sir William Lyons2 via a custom tailshaft – which may pose the greatest barrier to widespread use of the bolt in battery & motor unit.


E-type + power socket
Credit: Jaguar Land Rover Classic/The Verge

All-up weight is 46 kg lighter than the original. With weight distribution essentially unchanged, handling, braking & ride are likewise unchanged.



Why replace the tailshaft? Possibly to deal with the torque of the electric motor – no problem with retention of the standard differential & other components of the rear end, the strength of which is legendary.3

Electric Cars Report – “Jaguar Shows E-type Zero Electric Concept”
http://electriccarsreport.com/2017/09/jaguar-shows-e-type-zero-electric-concept/

TechCrunch – “Jaguar’s E-type Zero is a true classic with a future-proof electric powertrain”
https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/07/jaguars-e-type-zero-is-a-true-classic-with-a-future-proof-electric-powertrain/

The Verge – “Jaguar’s E-type Zero is the most beautiful electric car yet”
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/7/16265888/jaguar-e-type-zero-electric-car-announced
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1 Wikipedia: “Jaguar XK6 engine”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar_XK6_engine


2 Wikipedia: “William Lyons”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lyons


3 Jalopy Journal: “How Srong Is Jaguar IRS?”, https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/how-strong-is-jaguar-irs.773904/

/ Jaguar shows E-type Zero electric concept Jaguar Land Rover Classic electric-powered electric powered Jaguar E-type E type Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest E-type Zero restored converted Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry Jaguar E-type Zero drives and looks like an E-type outstanding performance quicker than original E-type 0-100km/h 62mph 5.5 sec one second quicker than Series 1 E-type E-type Zero vehicle Tech Fest restored Series 1.5 Roadster totally original specification 21st century state-of-the-art powertrain modified instrumentation facia inspired by original E-type LED headlights energy efficiency styling theme original Series 1 E-type electric powertrain 220kW LiIon lithium-ion lithium ion battery pack same dimensions similar weight XK six-cylinder engine original E-type developing electric powertrain placed same location as the XK engine electric motor reduction gear just behind the battery pack same location as the E-type’s gearbox new propshaft carry-over differential and final drive weight 46kg lower than original E-type electric powertrain similar weight dimensions petrol engine transmission structure suspension brakes unchanged simple conversion homologation drives handles rides brakes original E-type front-rear weight distribution unchanged most beautiful car ever made E-type launched 1961 voted best-looking car of all time most beautiful car ever made XK six-cylinder engine made from 1949 until 1992 fitted all iconic Jaguar models E-type XK120 Mk2 XJ6 new electric powertrain E-type Zero’s unique electric powertrain developed develop development Jaguar Land Rover engineers Jaguar Land Rover Classic technology components upcoming I-PACE first production all-electric vehicle E-type Zero real world range 270km about 170 miles low weight good aerodynamics 40 kWh battery recharged at home overnight Tim Hannig Director Jaguar Land Rover Classic E-type Zero renowned E-type dynamic experience enhanced performance electrification breathtaking driving sensation E-type Zero future-proof classic car ownership concept to market seamlessly combine new electric powertrain E-type Zero dynamic dynamics original E-type specification optimum driving experience integrated new electric powertrain existing E-type structure conventional engine could be reinstalled transform any classic XK-engine Jaguar /

Thursday, 24 August 2017

iTunes cards on sale (Australia)



Credit: Apple

Looks like you missed out on this one, but iTunes cards sales are frequently listed here, so check back soon.

15% off $30, $50 & $100 iTunes cards at Coles until 29 August

Similar deal at Australia Post until 03 September

15% off $30, $50 & $100 iTunes cards at Officeworks — as usual, no end date available
https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/c/technology/audio/itunes-cards


More gift card bargains at Gift Cards On Sale:
https://www.giftcardsonsale.com.au
/ iTunes app store application iPhone iPod iPad mini cards card iOS Apple credit account sale save cheap bargain save saving savings discount reduction percent Gift Cards On Sale /

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Fully autonomous suitcase & robot



The Luggage
Credit: Josh Kirby/Terry Pratchett/Irresistibly Fish

Do you remember The Luggage1 from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels?

This Indiegogo project appears to come closer than anything I had imagined possible:



More detail at:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/travelmate-a-fully-autonomous-suitcase-and-robot-technology--2/x/9010251#/
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1The Luggage is a fictional object that appears in several of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. Its function is to act as both a luggage carrier & bodyguard for its owner, against whom no threatening motion should be made. The Luggage is fiercely defensive of its owner, & is generally homicidal in nature, killing or eating several people & monsters & destroying various ships, walls, doors, & other obstacles throughout the books.”

Discworld Wiki: “The Luggage”, https://discworld.wikia.com/wiki/The_Luggage

/ fully autonomous suitcase luggage case travel robot /

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Bollinger B1, all-electric “sport utility truck” – video


Bollinger B1 all-electric, “sport utility truck”.
Credit: Bollinger/Off-Road.com

Enzo Ferrari has been quoted as saying, “Aerodynamics are for people who can't build engines.”1 While the Bollinger B1 all-electric, “sport utility truck”, could hardly be more different than anything that Enzo ever produced, it appears to share his contempt for aerodynamics. Although, if performance claims are realised, the Bollinger wouldn't be disgraced at the drag strip beside one of Enzo's creations.

● 360 horsepower (268 kW)
● 472 lb-ft torque (348 Nm)
● 4.5 seconds 0-60 mph (0-96.6 km per hour)
● top speed 127 mph (204 km per hour)

Drag strip potential aside, this, “sport utility”, is light on the sport, heavy on the utility.


Bollinger B1 has a frunk2 too.
Credit: Bollinger


Pass-through from the frunk to the tailgate. Note the orange cable – mains power sockets included.
Credit: Bollinger/Inhabitat

Folding & removable rear seats + wide, flat rear payload area gives the Bollinger B1 capacious & flexible load carrying capacity. Pass-through from the frunk2 to the tailgate, allows long loads which exceed the wheelbase.

Removable rear canopy & adaptable rear window allows configuration as a two-row cabin ending at the tailgate (above), or as a single-row cabin with an open tray (top).

● battery options: 60 kWh (range 120 miles) & 100 kWh (200 miles).
● aluminum chassis – 295 lbs (134 kg)
● HSLA steel3 roll cage
● mass 3,900 pounds (1,769 kg) with the smaller battery pack
● payload, 6,100 pounds (2,767 kg)
● towing capacity, 6100 pounds
● self-levelling hydro-pneumatic suspension
● ground clearance 15.5-inches (39.4 cm)
● wheel travel 10 inches (25.4 cm)
● sway bars can be disconnected to allow full articulation
● separate motors drive the front & rear wheels for constant four wheel drive
● electronic locking differentials front & rear



The Verge – The Bollinger B1 is an all-electric truck with 360 horsepower & up to 200 miles of range
https://www.theverge.com/transportation/2017/7/27/16052118/bollinger-b1-electric-sport-truck-outdoors

Manufacturer's web site
http://bollingermotors.com/
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1 BrainyQuote: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/e/enzoferrar291952.html


2 Frunk = front trunk
Wiktionary: “frunk”, https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/frunk


3 HSLA steel = High-strength low-alloy steel
Wikipedia: “High-strength low-alloy steel”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-strength_low-alloy_steel

/ Bollinger B1 all-electric sport utility truck /

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Tesla ModelS 100D drove over 1,000 km on a single charge



Electrek – “A Tesla Model S 100D just drove 670 miles (1,078km) on a single charge”
https://electrek.co/2017/08/04/a-tesla-model-s-100d-just-drove-670-miles-1078km-on-a-single-charge/

Inverse – “Tesla Model S Sets New Record For Distance Traveled On One Charge”
https://www.inverse.com/article/35133-tesla-model-s-sets-new-record-for-distance-traveled-on-one-charge
/ Tesla Model S 100D drove 670 miles 1,078km single charge hypermiling record in a Model S 560 miles 901 km on a charge Tesla CEO Elon Musk over 1000 km should be possible in a 100D with the right tires Tesla Owners group in Italy challenge shatter previous hypermiling record Model S 100D beating over 100 miles 670 miles over 1,000 kilometres kilometers km on a single charge record announced tweet by Tesla Owners Italia photo showing car’s since last charge entry trips function vehicle display well documented previous hypermiling records car used 98.4 kWh energy go 1,078 kilometers 670 miles very impressive 91 Wh/km 144 Wh/mi mile usual efficiency Model S nearly 300 Wh/mi tweet hitting the 1,000km mark efficiency efficient achieving 88Wh/km pretty low speed travel traveled travelling average 23 miles per hour after reaching 1,000km driver went live in a facebook video viewed Tesla Owners Italy’s facebook video hypermiling records your mileage may vary electric vehicles EV EV’s EPA range number EPA range driving more or less efficiently conditions require how far can it go EPA range number most accurate average answer to this question /

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Tesla Model 3 – first drive – update



Tesla Model 3, Franz von Holtzhausen,1 Motor Trend Testing Director Kim Reynolds
Credit: Motor Trend

Just thirty-six hours before the Tesla Model 3 Handover Event, Motor Trend got to drive Franz von Holtzhausen’s1 personal example.

Unsurprisingly in a test of an electric car, the drivetrain figures prominently, but this was unexpected:

“At speed, it gains a laser-alertness I haven’t encountered before. By happenstance, associate road test editor Erick Ayapana had penciled me into a 2.0-liter Alfa Romeo Giulia to get here, & it feels like a wet sponge by comparison.”

http://www.motortrend.com/cars/tesla/model-3/2018/exclusive-tesla-model-3-first-drive-review/


Credit: News.com

Update: Jack Stewart drove a Model 3 for Wired too:
https://www.wired.com/story/i-drove-a-tesla-model-3/

Update: Bloomberg – “Driving Tesla’s Model 3 Changes Everything”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-31/driving-tesla-s-model-3-changes-everything
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1 Franz von Holtzhausen – chief designer for Tesla & veteran of VW, GM & Mazda
Wikipedia – “Franz von Holzhausen”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_von_Holzhausen

/ road test test drive Tesla Model 3 handover event Tesla Model 3 delivery event Fremont factory Elon Musk Tesla Motors Elon Musk LiIon lithium ion lithium iron phosphate LiFeO4 charge recharge battery Model S Model 3 range capacity kilo Watt hour Supercharger 4WD 4 wheel drive 2 wheel drive rear wheel drive RWD LiIon battery pack cell battery electric vehicle EV battery lithium ion LiIon charge battery electric vehicle BEV Elon Musk released very first images very first Tesla Model 3 release candidate Tesla started production release candidate Model 3 vehicles cars made almost entirely production machines test production process vehicles themselves video of the Model 3 no visible changes we can see the cameras for the Autopilot sensor suite see the camera in the Tesla badge front fender pillar on the side slight adjustments front fascia headlights video is very low-res Model 3 another color than silver red matte black spot other changes release candidate definitely significant difference front end Model 3 release candidate live streaming Tesla Model 3 unveil event on Tesla.com beginning at 8.30pm PDT March 31st reservations Model 3 worldwide two ways to make a reservation queue visit your local Tesla make a reservation online Tesla.com live unveil Tesla model 3 electric car mass market car electric vehicle EV steel aluminium twenty percent smaller 20% smaller automation automate robot production line 75 kWh kiloWatt hour /

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Tesla Model 3 Handover Event – 28 July, 2017* – video



Not much new information provided at the event – that's almost all of it above
Credit: Tesla/YouTube

The video begins with a 10-second count-down to ... 2 minutes of black screen until ...

02:15 video starts – lip-sync was poor over the slow link I was using – YMMV

12:00 Project Loveday – based on the suggestion of a fifth grader, that Tesla should make use of advertisements created by enthusiasts

22:39 Elon Musk begins to speak
32:34 specifications – image above is a crop from the video


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* Friday 28 July 8:45pm US Pacific Time
= Saturday 29 July 03:45 GMT
= Saturday 29 July 13:45 Australian EST / Tesla Model 3 handover event Tesla Model 3 delivery event Fremont factory Elon Musk Tesla Motors Elon Musk LiIon lithium ion lithium iron phosphate LiFeO4 charge recharge battery Model S Model 3 range capacity kilo Watt hour Supercharger 4WD 4 wheel drive 2 wheel drive rear wheel drive RWD LiIon battery pack cell battery electric vehicle EV battery lithium ion LiIon charge battery electric vehicle BEV Elon Musk released very first images very first Tesla Model 3 release candidate Tesla started production release candidate Model 3 vehicles cars made almost entirely production machines test production process vehicles themselves video of the Model 3 no visible changes we can see the cameras for the Autopilot sensor suite see the camera in the Tesla badge front fender pillar on the side slight adjustments front fascia headlights video is very low-res Model 3 another color than silver red matte black spot other changes release candidate definitely significant difference front end Model 3 release candidate live streaming Tesla Model 3 unveil event on Tesla.com beginning at 8.30pm PDT March 31st reservations Model 3 worldwide two ways to make a reservation queue visit your local Tesla make a reservation online Tesla.com live unveil Tesla model 3 electric car mass market car electric vehicle EV steel aluminium twenty percent smaller 20% smaller automation automate robot production line 75 kWh kiloWatt hour /

Friday, 28 July 2017

First Tesla Model 3 deliveries Friday 28 July 8:45pm US PT – update


Update – coverage, including video of the event at: https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/07/tesla-model-3-handover-event-28-july.html

Credit: Tesla/Teslarati


Friday 28 July 8:45pm US Pacific Time
= Saturday 29 July 03:45 GMT
= Saturday 29 July 13:45 Australian EST

Teslarati – “Tesla Model 3 delivery event: Fremont factory, 7pm (PT) on July 28, Musk to present at 9pm”
https://www.teslarati.com/teslas-model-3-delivery-event-fremont-factory-7pm-july-28-musk-9pm/
/ Tesla Model 3 delivery event Fremont factory Elon Musk Tesla Motors Elon Musk LiIon lithium ion lithium iron phosphate LiFeO4 charge recharge battery Model S Model 3 range capacity kilo Watt hour Supercharger 4WD 4 wheel drive 2 wheel drive rear wheel drive RWD LiIon battery pack cell battery electric vehicle EV battery lithium ion LiIon charge battery electric vehicle BEV Elon Musk released very first images very first Tesla Model 3 release candidate Tesla started production release candidate Model 3 vehicles cars made almost entirely production machines test production process vehicles themselves video of the Model 3 no visible changes we can see the cameras for the Autopilot sensor suite see the camera in the Tesla badge front fender pillar on the side slight adjustments front fascia headlights video is very low-res Model 3 another color than silver red matte black spot other changes release candidate definitely significant difference front end Model 3 release candidate live streaming Tesla Model 3 unveil event on Tesla.com beginning at 8.30pm PDT March 31st reservations Model 3 worldwide two ways to make a reservation queue visit your local Tesla make a reservation online Tesla.com live unveil Tesla model 3 electric car mass market car electric vehicle EV steel aluminium twenty percent smaller 20% smaller automation automate robot production line 75 kWh kiloWatt hour /

Friday, 21 July 2017

3 lucky guys ...

/ Apollo 11 NASA space programme program first moon landing space race moon race lunar insertion orbit LEM command capsule service module command module Moon landing moon walk dock docking Mike Collins Buzz Aldrin Neil Armstrong /

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Will established auto manufacturers' complacency deliver a monopoly to Tesla?



Tesla's first Model 3 rolled off the production line just days ago.
Credit: Tesla/Warranty Direct/Twitter

“Yes,” says Alexander Haissl of Germany's Berenberg Bank.

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1111535_tesla-will-rule-the-world-says-german-analyst-skepticism-may-be-warranted

My take: established manufacturers will be happy to continue to make a minimal effort while Tesla works out how to make it happen. E.g. General Motors developed a T-shaped battery for the EV1 & Volt. Tesla showed them that flat, under the floor was the way to go, & they adopted that for the Bolt (along with other manufacturers).

On the other hand, many manufacturers don't appear to have noticed that most of the advantages of front wheel drive don't apply once a relatively tall, heavy internal combustion engine isn’t part of the design equation.

When all of the problems are solved & what the market wants becomes clearer, established manufactures expect to be able to scale development &/or token production to take back the market. Nissan is an exception.1

Strength of this strategy is largely obvious – leverage Tesla's huge R&D effort & the the fact that Elon Musk is smarter than any of the competition’s engineers or management. (“He is by far the single smartest person that I have ever worked with … period.”)2

Perhaps their best hope is that Tesla will continue to share its technology.3,4
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1 Nissan has been an exception – CEO Ghosn has been committed to EVs & developing them in-house since at least 2008:

GM-Volt (2008): ‘Nissan CEO Ghosn: “I Don’t Want a Range Extender”’, http://gm-volt.com/2008/07/25/nissan-ceo-ghosn-i-dont-want-a-range-extender/


2 HitchHiker’s Guide 2 Tech: “How Elon Musk taught himself rocket science”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2014/10/how-elon-musk-taught-himself-rocket.html


3 HitchHiker’s Guide 2 Tech: “Why Tesla gave up on patents”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2014/06/why-tesla-gave-up-on-patents.html


4 HitchHiker’s Guide 2 Tech: “Will Tesla share its technology with other automakers?”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2014/06/will-tesla-share-its-technology-with.html

/ Tesla win big race to sell electric cars to the world German analyst competition from traditional manufacturers complacent Elon Musk California upstart near monopoly of the market Tesla out investing the competition hampers itself save money building on legacy engineering developing new focused technology report analyst Alexander Haissl Hamburg Germany-based Berenberg Bank readiness Tesla’s competition Daimler’s Mercedes best prepared Volkswagen BMW dithering GM General Motors Chevrolet Bolt Ford FCA strong ratings manufacturer complacency electric vehicle EV electric car technology developing EVs mass-market adoption lack of real action strategic commitments underlying convictionno clear pathway to high-volume EV production Haissl Tesla near-monopolistic opportunity gain market share outcompete incumbent automotive industry /

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Your digestive tract has as many brain cells as a cat



Smart as a cat
Credit: Instituto Medico Laser

“There are over 100 million brain cells in your gut – as many as there are in the head of a cat.”

BBC News – ‘The second brain in our stomachs’
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-18779997

Scientific American – ‘Think Twice: How the Gut's “Second Brain” Influences Mood & Well-Being’
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/

Scientific American – ‘Gut Feelings–the “Second Brain” in Our Gastrointestinal Systems’
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-feelings-the-second-brain-in-our-gastrointestinal-systems-excerpt/
/ stomach dark mystery most of us new research revealing surprising ways our guts exert control over our mood and appetite stomach digestion in action London's Science Museum watched live pictures from my own stomach porridge eaten for breakfast churned broken up exposed to acid pushed out small intestine creamy mush called chyme swallowed miniature camera pill travelling through my digestive system projecting images onto a giant screen stomach complex work control the little brain network of neurons line stomach and your gut 100 million cells in your gut many as there are in the head of a cat little brain complex thinking essential daily grind digesting food mixing contracting absorbing break down food begin extracting nutrients vitamins we need neurons neuron lining our digestive system keep in close contact brain in your skull vagus nerves influence our emotional state experience butterflies in the stomach brain in the stomach talking to the brain in your head get nervous or fearful blood diverted from our gut to our muscles stomach's way of protesting hunger hormones accommodate big meal stomach has to expand size of a fist around 2 litres 40-fold increase stretch receptors stomach told the brain stomach was full time to stop eating hunger signals produced by your stomach far more sophisticated doctors treat grown to 20 stone heart attack lose weight gastric bypass operation reducing size of the stomach smaller the stomach the less you eat surgeon Mr Ahmed Ahmed London's Charing Cross Hospital surgery you're producing changes in various hormones chemical messengers affect hunger levels fullness levels cause the weight loss gastric bypass surgery isolated part stomach produces most ghrelin hormone play a key role in making you feel hungry permanent fall in production of ghrelin new shrunken stomach attached further down his small intestine ileum secretes a different gut hormone PYY responsible for making you feel full normally takes 20 minutes for food to get from the stomach to the ileum causing release of PYY message to the brain I'm full better to eat slowly give stomach chance tell the brain you have had enough before you overeat ileum stomach brain already lost three stone eat a small amount of food and I feel full lose more weight gastric bypass available extreme cases intense interest developing drugs mimic actions PYY brain rules our decision-making process operations our guts very profound effect how we behave big meal third of your blood supply diverted to your guts digest guts human stomach /

Thursday, 15 June 2017

KaWoof – let your dog throw its own damn ball!




Looks like a bunch of fun to share with your dog – which begs the question, why not just throw the ball & leave out the device? Perhaps KaWoof would be useful if the dog owner has a shoulder injury, or some other disability, that makes throwing impractical. Or is the purpose of KaWoof to let the dog play fetch without a human present?

It would be interesting to see how long (or even if) a dog (or dogs) would continue to use KaWoof with no human present.

KaWoof is a Kickstarter project – funding ends in 27 days.

Kickstarter – “KaWoof - Natural ball launcher for your dog”
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/loewenpracht/kawoof-natural-ball-launcher-for-your-dog
/ KaWoof ecological ecologically produced ball launcher dogs runs completely without electricity dog toys made out of plastic non natural toxic materials dog toys we wanted to make a difference making dog toys training gadgets invented natural ball launcher KaWoof KaWoof regrowing material wood designed work big and small dogs four strength settings adjust to your dog’s needs dog should at least weigh weight 5kg use KaWoof developed throwing arm use different ball sizes no expensive balls needed golfball sized ball tennis ball all sizes work KaWoof developing analyzing KaWoof 3D software optimize our product Kai Hillebrand inventor developer KaWoof ball catapult built Christmas present his mother Christa Hillebrand dogs his mother had so much fun first prototype further developed KaWoof Christa Hillebrand dog trainer hairy four-legged friends many years of experience dogs KaWoof prototype mature in design and function organization materials optimization production process next challenge small family business design KaWoof designed partial automation CNC milling machine produce required quantities high quality support project /

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Australia’s National Broadband Network – a cautionary tale



Credit: Northrop


The government-led push to modernize its telecommunications system was unprecedented, experts say – & provides a cautionary tale for others who might like to try something similar.

“Australia was the first country where a totally national plan to cover every house or business was considered,” said Rod Tucker, a University of Melbourne professor & a member of the expert panel that advised on the effort. “The fact it was a government plan didn’t necessarily make it doomed. In Australia, we have changes of governments every three years, which really works against the ability to undertake long-term planning, & the long-term rollouts of networks like this.”


The New York Times – “How Australia Bungled Its $36 Billion High-Speed Internet Rollout”
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/world/australia/australia-slow-internet-broadband.html
/ modernize modernise how Australia bungled Its $36 billion high-speed internet rollout Brisbane Australia internet speeds trail developed world Morgan Jaffit more reliable data transfer postal system downloaded Hand of Fate action video game studio Brisbane Defiant Development audio designer Melbourne quicker send hard drive by road than to upload the files big file sizes kill us release update small bug kill us by three or four days Australia wealthy nation widely envied quality of life lags in one essential area of modern life internet speed country began unprecedented broadband modernization effort cost at least 49 billion Australian dollars $36 billion average internet speed lags United States Western Europe Japan South Korea most recent ranking internet speeds Akamai networking company Australia embarrassing No. 51 trailing developing economies Thailand Kenya slow broadband connection frustration Instagram video buffer buffering delay problem sluggish Netflix stream slurred Skype call businesses complain slow speeds hobble effectiveness add to costs Australia risks being left behind countries China India start-up cultures match succss Silicon Valley keep their economies on the cutting edge start up startup poor broadband speeds hold back Australia competitive advantage John O’Mahony economist Deloitte Access Economics 2015 report Deloitte valued nation’s digital economy $58 billion worth 50 percent more by 2020 speed growth at risk broadband to support it Australia’s costly internet bungle hazards mingling telecommunication infrastructure impatience modern politics Internet modernization plan hobbled by cost overruns partisan maneuvering major technical compromise 19th-century technology country’s 21st-century digital backbone homes and businesses government-led push modernize telecommunications system unprecedented experts cautionary tale Australia first country totally national plan cover every house or business Rod Tucker University of Melbourne professor government plan doomed Australia changes of governments every three years works against ability undertake long-term planning long-term rollout networks Australia natural connectivity challenges oceans away from other countries network connect far-flung cities separated sparsely populated interior Australia high hopes ambitious internet project started 2009 initiative National Broadband Network NBN advanced fiber-optic technology every home business estimated cost 43 billion Australian dollars government private sector failed policy Australia broadband backwater Kevin Rudd then prime minister leader Labor Party government share costs quickly climbed taxpayers responsible for all of it technology slow roll out negotiations Telstra Australia big telecommunications provider installing fiber Telstra spokesman talks delays government-funded effort government funded drew fire Liberal Party opposition the private sector Liberal-led coalition elected 2013 contain costs speed up rollout focused telecommunications industry the last mile wires connect home business broader network National Broadband Network envisioned high-speed fiber connecting homes businesses directly network Liberal conservative compromised connecting existing copper wire same technology earliest days of the telephone critics slow speeds did not stop rising costs Australia had aggressive, forward-looking visionary government project build fiber network Mike Quigley chief executive project until 2013 opportunity lost bad judgments ideologically politically driven spokeswoman Liberal Party connecting new users Labor Party party fixing the internet campaign platforms national elections how difficult the problem will be to solve average speeds have more than doubled since 2013 Akamai other countries are connecting their populations faster Australia’s lag with the rest of the world has grown big businesses can opt to pay for fast connections, but the cost can be considerable GO1 education technology company near Brisbane spent $22,000 speed upgrade September 2015 pays $1,000 per month high-speed 100 megabit connection software company two main costs internet and staff Andrew Barnes chief executive co-founder lower more to spend on building the team employees Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam far fewer issues joining the company’s weekly webinars Vietnam telephone wires are just a mess despite obvious infrastructure problems Internet much much better video game industry pushed for better speeds dirt roads Ben Britten chief technology officer Mighty Games Group Senate hearing his industry’s future trying to push huge semi trucks down dirt roads need to have some highways look for ways around the barriers old-fashioned radio Nick Lorenzi Cairns northeastern Queensland frustrated with copper wire speeds just a few miles away much faster fiber connection information technology worker bandwidth from two transmitter dishes that cost $440 total Internet was rubbish up really high on a hill take advantage of that copper based connection speed just rubbish Internet just pathetic, really /

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Fastest road legal car around the Nürburgring is electric



EP9 from NIO
Credit: Twitter

With just 7 built to-date, & 10 more planned, NIO’s EP9 is not a good fit for the description, “production car”, which some are prepared to give it. But it is road legal. From the look of it, make that, “barely road legal racer”.

One of the more interesting things about the EP9 is that, driven at competition speeds on the Nürburgring, a Tesla Model S drops into reduced power mode due to increasing battery temperature.1 A time of 6:45.90,2 suggests that the EP9 has the battery heating problem under control. Equally, a build price of $1.2 million3 (notice that’s, “build price”, not, “retail price”), suggests, “cost is no object”, is part of NIO’s solution.



Electrek – “NIO’s EP9 EV beats every production car ever with a Nürburgring lap record of 6:45.90”, https://electrek.co/2017/05/13/nios-ep9-nurburgring-record/

EP9 is also the fastest autonomous car at the Circuit of the Americas



Jalopnik – “The 'World's Fastest Electric Car' Just Set Two Incredible Lap Records”
https://jalopnik.com/the-worlds-fastest-electric-car-just-set-two-incredible-1792780274
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1 HitchHiker’s Guide 2 Tech: “Tesla Model S racing series”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2016/03/tesla-model-s-racing-series.html

2 To put 6:45.90 in perspective, a Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SV just scrapes under 7 minutes


Road & Track: “Ten of the Fastest Production Cars to Ever Lap the Nürburgring”, https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/g6413/nurburgring-lap-records/


Auto Express: “Fastest Nurburgring lap times 2017: quickest cars & lap records”, http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/best-cars/86123/fastest-nurburgring-lap-times-2017-quickest-cars-and-lap-records


3 Road|Show: “Electricity has never been more exciting”, https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/auto/nextev-nio-ep9/preview/

/ Tesla Model S racing series Electric GT World Series grid modified Model S zero-emissions GT road car based racing championships begin 2017 car grid Tesla Model S P85+ new championship Electric GT World Series seven-race season 2017 races Europe America Asia organisers tracks used Barcelona Spain Donington UK Mugello Italy Estoril Portugal 10 teams team two modified Tesla Model S P85+ road cars power unit control software unchanged standard road car 416hp horsepower 601Nm torque changes aerodynamics suspension brakes more suitable for racing car's weight reduced tearing out unneeded upholstery battery's cooling system improved drivers foot on the throttle longer Agustin Paya professional racing driver promoter Electric GT World Series P85+ rear-wheel-drive newer P90D all-wheel-drive chosen more suitable for racing easier to fix in a pinch drivers prefer RWD track future Formula E plan Electric GT World Series allow range different cars grid Tesla Model S one of the best cars ever made best 100 percent electric cars luxurious super tourer made for racing weight distribution low centre of gravity considerable mass more than two tons allows unbelievable cornering speed unending torque add up great racing car testing Barcelona Catalunya F1 Circuit Madrid Jarama circuit Model S GT champion Electric GT pull in the punters Formula E engine noise Model S much larger battery Formula E cars car-switching battery back swapping races last more than 100 or 150 miles Tesla racing exciting techies Teslaphiles tune in favourite car electric race car racing car lithium ion LiIon battery charge recharge range Electric vehicle EV decimating records internal combustion engine vehicles ICE vehicle NIO NextEV $1.48 million electric supercar NIO EP9 set a new lap record one of the world’s most famous and grueling racetracks Nurburgring Nordschleife electric car time of 6:45.90 fastest lap ever set by an electric vehicle around the track faster than any production vehicle electric beating Lamborghini Huracan Performante over 6 seconds fastest lap ever done by any production vehicle EP9 production vehicle NIO built seven EP9 plans another production run of ten more cars small number of units smaller production runs high prices McLaren F1 XP5 prototype production vehicles EP9 Nordschleife famously difficult track benchmark overall vehicle performance length and grueling nature track over 12 miles long German countryside includes high and low speed turns varied road surfaces lots of bumps and hills NIO EP9 lap of 7:05.12 suboptimal conditions cold and slightly moist track surface electric vehicle record beating handful street-legal gasoline-powered vehicles Huracan Aventador Porsche 918 big deal EV company with no racing heritage not even any automaking heritage beat cars from companies century of racing experience toughest track in the world incredibly impressive new lap NIO video video EV-record-setting lap /

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Modern day book burning, but still glimmers of hope



EPA – information on climate change deleted
Credit: Kris Tripplaar/Sipa USA/Newscom/Daily Signal

Although the new US administration is implementing a modern day book burning,1 it’s not time to give up hope just yet – material on climate change recently deleted by the EPA, has been reposted by The City of Chicago:

The City of Chicago – “Climate Change”
https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/sites/climatechange/home.html

Thanks Chicago!

Good news elsewhere too:

HitchHiker’s Guide 2 Tech – “Coders just rescued NASA’s Earth science data”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/02/coders-just-rescued-nasas-earth-science.html

HitchHiker’s Guide 2 Tech – “Not all of the news from the United States is bad” – California state Governor, Jerry Brown, on California’s plans to continue to act against climate change – https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/01/not-all-of-news-from-united-states-is.html
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1 The Huffington Post: “EPA Purges Pages That Highlight Climate Change From Its Website”, https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/epa-website-climate-change_us_5904bd23e4b0bb2d086ee483

/ coders rescued NASA’s Earth science data coders took action to make NASA’s climate data safe UC Berkeley’s campus 200 adults Doe Library rescue federal climate data groups more than 20 cities believe Trump administration might want to disappear this data down a memory hole hackers scientists students collecting save outside government servers groups like DataRefuge Environmental Data and Governance Initiative organized Berkeley hackathon collect data from NASA’s earth sciences programs Department of Energy doing more than archiving diehard coders building robust systems monitor ongoing changes to government websites keeping track of what’s been removed learn exactly when the pruning began Tag It Bag It data collection is methodical group immediately sets web crawlers easily-copied government pages sending text Internet Archive digital library hundreds billions snapshots webpages tag more data-intensive projects pages lots links databases interactive graphics for the other group called baggers coders write custom scripts scrape complicated data sets sprawling patched together federal websites systems written piecemeal over 30 years no coherent philosophy providing data websites Daniel Roesler chief technology officer UtilityAPI volunteer guides Berkeley bagger group coder who goes by Tek download multi-satellite precipitation data NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center starting August access Goddard Earth Science Data required login totally legal digging around site DataRefuge prohibits hacking Tek found buried link old FTP server clicked started downloading data all of 2016 some 2015 non-coders hit dead-ends too 404 Page not found errors NASA’s Earth Observing System website empty databases Global Change Data Center reports archive NASA’s atmospheric CO2 datasets real problem when or why data disappeared backed it up scientists understand it better DataRefuge EDGI monitoring changes and deletions building software that can do it automatically Future Farming most advanced software builders tools they’ll need filters separate mundane updates major shake-ups explored blockchain-like systems build auditable ledgers of alterations engineers call version control how do you know if something has changed How do you know if you have the latest How do you keep track of the old stuff writing code volunteers signed build tools DataRefuge EDGI organizers movement vast decentralized network from all 50 states and Canada volunteers code tracking software archive a little bit every day group had collectively loaded 8,404 NASA DOE webpages web pages Internet Archive covering the entirety of NASA’s earth science efforts built backdoors download 25 gigabytes from 101 public datasets scripts larger datasets finished running mood was somber still so much work to do climate change data just the tip of the iceberg Eric Kansa anthropologist manages archaeological data archiving non-profit group Open Context huge number of other datasets being threatened with cultural historical sociological information National Parks Service huge data portal contains park visitation stats GIS boundaries inventories of species computer ran scripts pull out a list everything in the portal working his way through each quirky dataset /

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Tesla founders on electric cars, lithium, hydrogen, energy & climate change (video)



Tesla Roadster
Credit: Tesla/The Morning Bulletin

Martin Eberhard & Marc Tarpenning, were the founders of the Tesla electric car company. Elon Musk came along later as an investor, flush with Paypal money.

In October 2016, the Tesla founders, spoke at Stanford University on a range of topics, including electric cars, lithium, hydrogen, energy, car-to-grid & climate change.

● Solving problems from first principles (01:42)

“Somewhere along the way, I started thinking that maybe this global warming thing was not a hoax & that maybe that the wars we were having in the Middle East were at least somehow involved in oil & decided that we needed to do something different. I did not start off as an electric car enthusiast, my interest was just simply using less energy. So I spent some time doing a real careful well to wheel energy analysis for every kind of technology I could find & built a spreadsheet that calculated the actual energy footprint & carbon footprint of every pathway I could find … & it was to both of our surprise, that the electric car pathway was not just better than the other choices that were out there, that included hydrogen & every form of petroleum & natural gas & so on, it wasn’t just better, it was dramatically better. So much better that it was stunning to us that no one else was doing it.” – Martin Eberhard


Elon Musk has spoken about the importance of approaching problems from first principles.1 In the quote above, Martin Eberhard, seems to be describing doing just that. Which begs the question: Did Elon Musk learn the importance of approaching problems from first principles from the Tesla founders?


● Tesla – naming the company (03:44)

● Why was the first product a small sports car? (30:00)

● How did they decide that Lotus would be the best source of a rolling chassis? (06:00)


● Lithium – sources, use in batteries, & recycling (16:25)

● Hydrogen fuel cells (22:00)

“Hydrogen is not a fuel … to make elemental hydrogen, to make H2, you have to put energy in. … the efficiency of that, if I’m using the very best technology available today, is in the order of 20-22% efficient. Compare that to a lithium battery which runs in the order of 95% efficient. It’s just not worth it. The hydrogen fuel cell car will require ... 3 to 4 times as much of whatever your source fuel is …”2,3,4


● Vehicle-to-grid (40:50)

“There’s this whole concept of vehicle to grid storage. The idea is the vehicle could draw off the grid & put energy back on the grid. … There’s two troubles with that: one is that every cycle through your battery has some cost – it’s not zero. ... Second thing is that when you’re putting energy on to the grid, (as for example, does the inverter on your solar panel), it puts some pretty heavy-duty regulatory burden on the design ... of the car – it adds some non-trivial cost to the cost of the car.”


“But, there’s another thing to think about: & that is that you can get about 90% of that value, not by allowing the vehicle to put energy onto the grid, but rather, just allowing the grid to have precise control over the charging of the vehicle. So that it can say stop & start or stop & start at this level in real time, OK? And what happens then if you have a large number of vehicles that are plugged in just statistically speaking is that all these electric cars can be used as grid regulation, & they can allow the power company to have a much much smaller amount of what’s called spinning reserve. That’s to say, generating capability that’s not being used. ... So that for example, when a big cloud passes over the giant solar panel array in the Mojave Desert, the grid then tells a whole lot of cars to, ‘Hey stop now,’ & they get off the grid, & when the wind starts honking on Altamont Pass, they can tell a bunch of cars to, ‘Hey start charging now.’ And you get about something like 90% of the value of the vehicle to grid idea, without actually taking energy out of the vehicles.”


● Electric cars will become cheaper than internal combustion engine cars (46:12)

“I’ve been looking closely at the cost of batteries recently, & it’s my belief that the cost of making an electric car will match the cost of making an equivalent gasoline powered car, probably in 2020 or 2022 – it’s coming up pretty fast.”


● Battery swapping (52:19)

“The reason that you would want to do that is because the batteries don’t have enough range, & the reason they don’t have enough range, is basically because they’re too expensive. … And so what you’re doing in a world of battery swapping is you’re taking the most expensive part of the car & you’re making it more expensive because I’ve got to have to have 20-30% more batteries around than I have cars, so I can swap them in.”


● Adapting to climate change (1:09:50)

“Quote from ... some science fiction writer: ‘The future is here now, it’s just not evenly distributed.’ … that is in many ways true, like we know how to do this. We know how to have a really advanced society that is carbon neutral. It’s just hard & it’s only in a few places … it is possible. So, I figure ... we’re gonna have to adapt to the climate change – that train has left – the CO2 is there.”




EV Annex – “Tesla founders Mark Eberhard & Marc Tarpenning talk electric vehicles”
https://evannex.com/blogs/news/tesla-founders-martin-eberhard-and-marc-tarpenning-talk-evs
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1 HitchHiker’s Guide 2 Tech: “Tesla cell size comes from the first principles of physics & economics”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2016/09/tesla-battery-size-comes-from-first.html


2 HichHiker’s Guide 2 Tech: “Can fuel cells compete with batteries?”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2016/01/can-fuel-cells-compete-with-batteries.html


3 HichHiker’s Guide 2 Tech: “Battery electric vehicles outperform hydrogen fuel cell vehicles – even Toyota has noticed”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/01/battery-electric-vehicles-outperform.html


4 HichHiker’s Guide 2 Tech: “Honda Clarity – all the shortcomings fundamental to fuel cell cars”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/04/honda-clarity-all-of-shortcomings.html / Tesla Roadster Martin Eberhard Marc Tarpenning founders Tesla electric car company Elon Musk investor Paypal money October 2016 Tesla founders spoke Stanford University electric cars lithium hydrogen energy car-to-grid climate change solving problems from first principles global warming not a hoax wars in the Middle East involved in oil electric car enthusiast using less energy well to wheel energy analysis technology spreadsheet calculated energy footprint carbon footprint electric car pathway better than the other choices hydrogen petroleum natural gas dramatically better stunning to us that no one else was doing it Martin Eberhard Elon Musk importance of approaching problems from first principles Elon Musk learn importance of approaching problems from first principles Tesla founders Tesla naming the company first product a small sports car Lotus best source of a rolling chassis lithium sources batteries recycling hydrogen fuel cells hydrogen is not a fuel elemental hydrogen molecular hydrogen H2 you have to put energy in efficiency very best technology available today in the order of 20-22% efficient lithium battery 95% efficient hydrogen fuel cell car will require 3 to 4 times as much of whatever your source fuel is vehicle-to-grid vehicle to grid vehicle to grid storage vehicle put energy back on the grid every cycle through your battery has some cost not zero putting energy on to the grid inverter on your solar panel heavy-duty regulatory burden on the design car it adds some non-trivial cost to the cost of the car allowing the vehicle to put energy onto the grid grid to have precise control over the charging of the vehicle electric cars can be used as grid regulation power company much much smaller amount of spinning reserve generating capability that’s not being used big cloud passes over the giant solar panel array in the Mojave Desert Altamont Pass vehicle to grid load shedding sheddable shedable load electric cars will become cheaper than internal combustion engine cars cost of batteries cost of making an electric car will match the cost of making an equivalent gasoline powered car, probably in 2020 or 2022 it’s coming up pretty fast battery swapping batteries don’t have enough range too expensive most expensive part of the car making it more expensive swap them in adapting to climate change science fiction writer we know how to have a really advanced society that is carbon neutral we’re gonna have to adapt to the climate change HitchHiker’s Guide 2 Tech Tesla cell size comes from the first principles of physics & economics fuel cells batteries Battery electric vehicles outperform hydrogen fuel cell vehicles Honda Clarity all the shortcomings fundamental to fuel cell cars Tesla founders Martin Eberhard Marc Tarpenning electric vehicles start-ups Stanford University talk Tesla founders Martin Eberhard Marc Tarpenning controversial departure from Tesla partner early days of Tesla electric vehicles two engineer entrepreneurs shared interest fast cars environment starting companies lithium-ion lithium ion batteries what oil does to a local economy where our treasure ends up going pernicious effects of our fossil fuel addiction Middle East reducing fossil fuel usage Tesla was all about moving beyond gasoline this concept predates the involvement of Elon Musk initially came on board as an investor Elon Musk started as the company's biggest investor in the early days of the Roadster using less energy real careful well-to-wheels energy analysis dramatically better founding of Tesla /

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Elon Musk – why Tesla is Boring, SpaceX, Mars, autonomy, Semi (video)



Teaser image of the forthcoming Tesla semi-truck
Credit: Tesla/TED/Tech Republic

Recently, Elon Musk appeared on TED Talks – a few highlights:

● Add one more problem to the list of shortcomings of the internal combustion engine (ICE) – it makes tunnels more expensive – cost of tunnelling is proportional to the cross sectional area of the tunnel – tunnels need to be 26-28 feet (7.9-8.5 metres) to allow (amongst other things) for ventilation to cope with the poisonous gasses ICEs emit.


● Semi – load-capacity, range, torque (19:48)

“So this is a heavy duty, long range, semi-truck. So it’s like the highest weight capability & with long range ... out-torque any diesel semi & if you had a tug-of-war competition, the Tesla semi will tug the diesel semi uphill.”


● Semi – driving experience (21:40)

“I mean it’s quite bizarre test driving. You know, when I was driving the test prototype for the first truck, it’s really weird because you’re driving around & you’re just you’re so nimble & you’re in this giant truck.” – no doubt, at least in part, due to the low centre of gravity which electric drive makes possible


● Interplanetary Transport System (32:00)

“This configuration is about four times the thrust of the Saturn V moon rocket ... This thing can take a fully loaded 747 with maximum fuel, maximum passengers, maximum cargo on the 747. This can take it as cargo.”




Transcript
Elektrek – “Elon Musk on Boring Company, Semi-Truck, Mars – TED Talk
https://electrek.co/2017/05/01/elon-musk-on-boring-company-semi-truck-mars-ted-talk-transcript/
/ boring tunnel tunnelling bore elevator car skate entrance exit parking space 200 kph 130 mph Westwood to LAX 6 minutes toll road traffic soul destroying fully loaded 747 maximum fuel maximum passengers maximum cargo 747 take it as cargo /

Monday, 1 May 2017

Last post for now



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At the moment I have a major project in train which has to be completed in a little over 60 days. As you may imagine, HitchHiker’s Guide 2 Tech consumes a substantial amount of time, which is interfering with the completion of the major project. Thus, it is with some reluctance that I will be ceasing publication on these pages with this post.

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Wolffepack orbital backpack for easy access & improved security



Wolffepack Metro backpack
Credit: Wolffepack/Tabi Labo

Two difficulties with managing a backpack are access & security. Wolffepack backpacks allow the container to be swung to the front for quick access, or more secure carry without removing the shoulder &/or hip strap.

Handy for sitting on public transport too.



Wolffepack has several models, including the Summit



Gizmodo – “This Retractable Backpack Brings Your Camera To You”
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/07/this-retractable-backpack-brings-your-camera-to-you/

Manufacturer’s web site
https://www.wolffepack.com/
/ Metro travel city shoulder strap waist strap hip strap pelvis pelvic Escape Summit everyday action snow sports outdoors Capture photography travel /

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Model 3 – how Tesla will control costs



467 robots are being installed at the Tesla Fremont factory prior to the start of Model 3 production.
Credit: Electrek/Google+

Tesla’s Model S is a luxury sporting sedan – the Model 3 is a, “mass market”, car. To appeal to a mass market, the price has to come down – “$35,000 before incentives”,1,2 has been promised repeatedly, for the US market.

Make it smaller, make it out of steel

● Most obviously, reduce cost by decreasing size by 20% compared to the Model S.3

● Extensive use of steel, rather than the more expensive aluminium widely used in the Model S.4


Reduce battery pack cost
An electric motor is simpler & cheaper than an a comparable internal combustion engine – electric cars are more expensive largley because of battery cost. A $35,000 Model 3 will require a substantial reduction in battery pack cost. This will be achieved by:

● Battery costs have been coming down world-wide for some time – including 80% in six years.5

● Price will be driven down further by increased volume – i.e. Gigafactory.6

● Reduce cell count – Tesla has historically used commodity 18650 size lithium ion cells. Individual cells in the Model 3, will be 47% larger in volume, with a similar effect on storage capacity, for negligible increase in cell cost.7

● Each cell stores more power, so fewer are needed for a given pack capacity.7

● Assembling fewer cells to make a pack is faster & cheaper.7

● Smaller battery pack – two options, the larger of which will be, at most, the same size as the smallest currently available in the Model S – “The shorter wheelbase only allows for a 75 kWh pack in Model 3 at current cell/module energy densities.” – Elon Musk, Twitter8,9


Automate the production line

● 467 robots are being installed at the Tesla Fremont factory prior to the start of Model 3 production.10

● Level of automation will increase over time, with no people on the production line itself, “in a few more years”.10

● Increased automation is planned to ultimately yield a 20 times increase in production line speed, further reducing production cost.10


Simplify the production line initially

● Initially, the production line will be simplified by producing only rear wheel drive cars. First 4WD, “probably in 6 to 9 months.”9


Streamline the delivery process

● “We need to deliver three or four times as many cars. But we don’t want to have three or four times as many delivery centers.” – Elon Musk11

● “Less paperwork, less bureaucracy.”11

● Shorten the hand-over to customers: “... get people ready ahead of time with really well-produced instruction videos.”11

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1 Jalopnik: “​Elon Musk Says Tesla Model 3 Will Cost $35,000 Before Incentives”, http://jalopnik.com/elon-musk-says-model-3-will-cost-35-000-before-incent-1679351127


2Tesla: Model 3 Will Be $35,000 Pre-Incentives, Taking Orders In March”,
http://insideevs.com/tesla-model-3-will-be-35000-pre-incentives-taking-orders-in-march/


3 Autoblog: “Elon Musk: Tesla Model E will be 20 percent smaller than Model S”, http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/06/elon-musk-tesla-model-e-20-percent-smaller-model-s-video/


4 Wikipedia: “Tesla Model 3”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_Model_3


5 Electrek: “Electric vehicle battery cost dropped 80% in 6 years down to $227/kWh – Tesla claims to be below $190/kWh”, https://electrek.co/2017/01/30/electric-vehicle-battery-cost-dropped-80-6-years-227kwh-tesla-190kwh/


6 Tesla: “Tesla Gigafactory”, https://www.tesla.com/gigafactory


7 HitchHiker’s Guide 2 Tech: “Tesla cell size comes from the first principles of physics & economics”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2016/09/tesla-battery-size-comes-from-first.html


8 HitchHiker’s Guide 2 Tech: “Tesla Model 3 event (video)”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2016/04/tesla-model-3-event.html


9 HitchHiker’s Guide 2 Tech: “Tesla Model 3 – 4WD option, performance, battery size (video)”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/03/tesla-model-3-4wd-option-performance.html


10 Electrek: “Tesla receives massive shipment of robots for Model 3 production line – first pictures”, https://electrek.co/2017/04/25/tesla-model-3-robot-production-line-pictures/


11 Electrek: “Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk details the 5 minute delivery process, paperwork & instruction videos to be sent ahead of time”, https://electrek.co/2017/03/17/tesla-model-3-delivery-process-elon-musk/

/ less paperwork less bureaucracy Tesla Motors Elon Musk LiIon lithium ion lithium iron phosphate LiFeO4 charge recharge battery Model S Model 3 range capacity kilo Watt hour Supercharger 4WD 4 wheel drive 2 wheel drive rear wheel drive RWD LiIon battery pack cell battery electric vehicle EV battery lithium ion LiIon charge battery electric vehicle BEV Elon Musk released very first images very first Tesla Model 3 release candidate Tesla started production release candidate Model 3 vehicles cars made almost entirely production machines test production process vehicles themselves video of the Model 3 no visible changes we can see the cameras for the Autopilot sensor suite see the camera in the Tesla badge front fender pillar on the side slight adjustments front fascia headlights video is very low-res Model 3 another color than silver red matte black spot other changes release candidate definitely significant difference front end Model 3 release candidate live streaming Tesla Model 3 unveil event on Tesla.com beginning at 8.30pm PDT March 31st reservations Model 3 worldwide two ways to make a reservation queue visit your local Tesla make a reservation online Tesla.com live unveil Tesla model 3 electric car mass market car electric vehicle EV steel aluminium twenty percent smaller 20% smaller automation automate robot production line 75 kWh kiloWatt hour /

Friday, 28 April 2017

First you could buy them faded ...


... then you could buy them worn, then ripped, now ...

caked with mud!


Credit: Nordstrom/The Gadgeteer

99%cotton
1% mud

& only $US425

None of the above is a typo, nor, as far as I can tell, a joke.


Credit: Nordstrom/The Gadgeteer

Adds a whole new dimension to the occasional advice seen on clothing, “Wash before wearing.”

The Gadgeteer – “First you could buy them faded, then ripped, & now covered in mud. Wait, what?!”
http://the-gadgeteer.com/2017/04/26/first-you-could-buy-them-faded-then-ripped-and-now-covered-in-mud/#more-216934

This is where they are sold
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/prps-barracuda-straight-leg-jeans/4457245?origin=category-personalizedsort
/ bluejeans blue jeans denim straight leg distressed faded ripped true to size comfortable through the seat and thigh classic straight cut from knee to ankle details care heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans comfortable straight-leg fit embody rugged Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action crackled caked-on muddy coating shows you're not afraid to get down and dirty 34 1/2" inseam 17" leg opening 8 1/4" front rise button fly closure five-pocket style 100% cotton machine wash cold line dry made in Portugal PRPS Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans who cares right no ordinary jeans jeans are covered in mud price tag of $425 a pair Nordstrom Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty degraded into a society that has to pay for dirty clothes to give us the appearance of being hard workers traditionally styled 5 pocket jeans made of 100% cotton machine washable buy a pair of muddy jeans for $425 you can wash them this can’t be for real I fear that we’re doomed as a species distressed about this /

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Hoverboard a no-show, but Uber has promised a flying car for 2020



Credit: EHang/Twitter

Hoverboard was a no-show in Back to the Future year.1 We’ve been waiting even longer for the flying car, but Uber has promised them for 2020.

As you’ve no doubt noticed, the problem is that the technology doesn’t exist. Uber’s way around this is something like an X-prize – competitive development of a device to carry out a defined task – in this case, a flying car. And the prize? Access to Uber’s world-wide client-base. Though, at this point only Dallas-Fort Worth & Dubai have indicated an interest.

Uber has signed deals with five companies – if they don’t deliver, an obvious contender would be the Lilium jet electric aircraft.2

Wired: “Uber Really Seriously Promises Flying Cars by 2020”, https://www.wired.com/2017/04/uber-really-seriously-promises-flying-cars-2020/

CW33: “Uber SERIOUSLY promises flying cars by 2020 in DFW!”,
https://cw33.com/2017/04/25/uber-seriously-promises-flying-cars-by-2020-in-dfw/

“Flying car”? Anything that might be developed to provide the functionality required, is closer to a light aircraft. New term required:

The Verge – “Stop calling them flying cars”
https://www.theverge.com/2017/4/25/15426178/flying-car-uber-larry-page-vtol-elevate
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1 HitchHiker’s Guide 2 Tech: “Back to the Future year – hoverboard a no-show – self lacing sneakers …”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2016/09/back-to-future-year-hoverboard-no-show.html

2 HitchHiker’s Guide 2 Tech: “Lilium jet electric aircraft”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/04/lilium-jet-electric-aircraft.html

/ Uber promises flying cars by 2020 Uber fly taking ridesharing to the air roll out network flying cars Dallas-Fort Worth Dubai by 2020 ambitious aircraft Uber shuttling customers through the air electric vertical takeoff and landing capability VTOL flying 100 miles in just 40 minutes infrastructure support FAA Federal Aviation Administration agency speed aircraft federal safety regulations fit into complex air traffic control system Uber catalyst spurring manufacturers build aircraft FAA regulations cities company CEO Travis Kalanick reward Xprize X prize X-prize Uber’s 55 million monthly active riders 600 cities worldwide 2020 realistic vehicle replacing an airplane replacing a car Richard Pat Anderson director Flight Research Center Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University purely electric aircraft serial hybrid setup aircraft carries fuel-burning turbine Chevrolet Volt Uber Elevate summit partnerships real estate companies Hillwood Properties Texas Dubai Holding UAE United Arab Emirates identify locations vertiports built Chargepoint electric vehicle charging spots North America Australia design develop deploy infrastructure keep the aircraft going white paper Uber Uber developing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft Pentagon-backed Aurora Flight Sciences electric plane maker Pipistrel Bell Helicopter Embraer small plane maker Mooney Germany’s Lilium funky electric aircraft can fly China’s eHang launch people-carrying drones Dubai Google founder Larry Page revealed flying car prototype Skymall cities city Dubai flying cars Fort Worth Elevate pilot Mayor Betsy Price FAA air traffic control Uber pilot FAA certifying new technologies consensus-based standards system private market rules FAA accelerate three years is optimistic flying cars will need to negotiate already congested airspace build novel aircraft paying passengers flying car /