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A friend's lab does this work; his colleagues talk about physics in this public lecture.
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Looking forward to seeing a showroom model soon.
(Thanks to Zac Hall for images and video and checking out the back seats/CarPlay) I have two electric cars at home – a plug-in Prius and a base model 2013 Tesla Model S. Yesterday, I drove the car ...
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Way to be behind the 8 ball, NYT. This was true in 2012 and has been commonly discussed on EV forums and in EV media sites for the last 3 years.
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That they deliberately build the car functionality and emissions to behave differently during the testing is detestable.   It reflects badly on their presentation of any of their technologies. I wonder what has been falsified in their claims and tests of their EV? or other non-diesel ICE?
 
Since accusations surfaced that VW/Audi cheated on emissions testing for TDI Diesel vehicles, about 1/4 the company's stock value has evaporated, and countries all around the world are launching investigations and demanding answers.  The company faces huge fines.  But, wait, the scandal doesn't stop there ....

#dieselgate   #epa   #volkswagen   #audi   #tdidiesel   #environment   #environmental  

http://longtailpipe.com/2015/09/21/vw-group-facing-yawning-chasm-after-intentionally-cheating-on-emissions-certification/
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Virtually all modern cars use an electronic throttle & fuel-air mixture, etc. A car even adjusts its throttle response to each driver's habits.

It should not surprise anyone that many vehicles detect test conditions & adjust themselves for optimal results.

If it were a programmable setting (Optimize for: Performance, Emissions, or Mileage), this would be considered a feature.

Don't think for one second that it's only Volkswagen either.

In the U.S., emissions regulations are essentially just lip-service anyway. Real regulation with practical results would impact profits.
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Finally! A tool to help find EV charging stations along a route! 
To use the EVJourney Route Planner, enter a starting address and an ending address. A suggested route will be displayed on the map. Electric vehicle charging stations in close proximity to the route are displayed as markers. Click on a marker to get details for the charging station.
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New games aquired at Origins are on today's game day agenda. Bohnanza Princes & Pirates unboxing has begun.
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Good to know, Robert. I still haven't played through (only set-up and rules) as I haven't been able to tip fellow gamer's interest in actually playing it.
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Darn! still resistant to the Tesla model.  Especially a bummer is that you don't just take fulfillment at the dealership, you still have to go through the price negotiations with the dealership.

"So if you dreamed of buying a Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, or GMC vehicle online, you will be disappointed.

Even if you find your desired car online--through Shop-Click-Drive or other programs--you still have to spend two hours or more at your local dealership to get the car."
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Professor Minsky laid the foundation for the field by demonstrating the possibilities of imparting common-sense reasoning to computers.
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"people are waiting for a longer-range Nissan LEAF (or a much longer-range LEAF), a longer-range BMW i3, and the 200-mile Chevy Bolt (hitting the market ~1 year from now), and this has been killing sales of the Nissan LEAF, BMW i3, and nearly every other 100% electric model." This is absolutely true for me. The lease ended on my LEAF and I need more range for the NY winter weather. The LEAF's range couldn't make the round trip commute in the cold; it lost between 20-30% of its range when the temps dipped into the mid 30sF. There are cars I'm considering, but none (a Tesla I can't afford) quite hit the range threshold I need. It doesn't help that the NY/NJ area doesn't have the EV availability of the West Coast. I'm paralyzed at the decision point of whether to buy now and trade up in 12 months or hold out for the longer range.
US electric car sales are in, and they aren’t particularly uplifting. The big deal hitting sales seems to be that people are waiting for a longer-range Nissan LEAF (or a much longer…
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Article by my Bentley HFID classmate +Dani Nordin​. I'm experiencing many of the same things in my organization (also publishing ).
 
Introducing From the Field, featuring stories from software design pros solving real world challenges.
Change is difficult, but not changing is fatal. Dani Nordin, UX Director at Pegasystems and author of several O’Reilly design books, shares her recent experience in introducing change at one of the world’s most venerable corporate brands, the Harvard Business Review. Her mission: transition a design team from static mockups for large screens to interactive mobile-first prototypes with Axure.
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It is disappointing that this article is low on technical details. But, if this truly affects cool/cold weather battery performance and range it will be a big step forward for EVs. Our 2012 Leaf experienced 30% loss of range when the temperature hovered around freezing or lower and was even worse when the weather needed use of defrost.
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I'm quite interested in the progress toward self driving cars. Makes sense that the interior would be spacious without all the controls and steering column.  
We've known what the outside of Google's latest self-driving car looks like for more than a year — rounded, compact, and kind of cute — but now we've seen the inside, too. Google brought its...
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