Taiwan Tesla Accident – The "autonomous electric vehicle" in this case has probably mistaken the white surface of an overturned truck for the sky and has taken no evasive action. Source Liberty Times
Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Giving up private car ownership and hoping that the previous occupant of your autonomous electric vehicle taxi didn't have lice.
Hit the books: How autonomous electric vehicles can help solve climate change
Andrew Tarantola · Managing Editor
Sun, November 29, 2020, 2.30 a.m. AEST
Climate change is by far the greatest threat to modern mankind – a crisis that will only get worse the longer we tremble – American auto culture is a major contributor to the country's greenhouse gas emissions. But climate-neutralizing energy and Solutions are already on the horizon andin some more developed countries like Sweden, are already provided. In his latest book, Our Livable World, science and technology analyst Marc Shaus, takes readers on a fascinating tour of the emerging tools – from “smart highways” to jetted fuel made from trash – that are not only helping to curb climate change, but maybe even herald a new, more sustainable and livable world.
Depending on where you live, it may still be considered elitist or unnecessary to drive electrically. But none of these scars can survive much longer. The more states introduce regulations for electric vehicles, develop the necessary charging infrastructure and offer incentives for buyers, the more these vehicles become a short-term solution to our transport problems. Many countries and individual regions already have EV charging stations along important highways or have these projects under development. Some of these charging stations even promise a renewable power supply. If they are publicly funded, they can also be used for free. Several larger global companies have also installed free EV charging stations in their parking lots for employees to use. Or, of course, to lure potential customers into parking lots with the promise of free electrons.
The promise of wireless charging technology for electric vehicles It's not just about saving homeowners the hassle of plugging their cars in at night – the real promise is to encourage public transport operators to switch with increasing ease. Taxi companies can increase ownership of electric vehicle fleets knowing that charging stations in all cities help prevent them from being routed back to company headquarters for power. Every city's fleet vehicles could use this technology as well. Also, be sure to stop zones by hospitals, schools, and other places where people are routinely inactive. Analysis by experts shows that the global market for wireless chargers for electric vehicles has increased from 21.8 million US dollars in 2017 to around 1.4 billion US dollars in 2025.
You've probably heard of driverless carsHowever, for most auto market analysts, it seems like a given that autonomous vehicles (AVs) will ultimately dominate the market. In assessing the expert analysis, Project Drawdown appreciates this AVs are expected to achieve a market share of around 75 percent of the cars on the road by 2040.
AVs can help decarbonise our transport sectors in a number of ways. For example, increased amounts of data associated with connected vehicle systems can reduce collisions, standstill conditions, and possibly even the number of drivers on the road (more on that soon). Reducing collisions and idling vehicles can have a direct impact on the remedial footprint.
Two cars exchanging the same data points in real time can essentially “see around the corner”. with situational awareness of where other cars are on the road. Aside from reducing the number of drivers operating cars who are under the influence or fall asleep at the wheel, AV applications also offer greater security through interconnectivity. We'll also see an improvement in standstill as AVs are linked to a larger, smarter set of city-wide driving data for route optimization.
For these reasons, some industry commentators see the possibility of future AV ridesharing actually reduce the number of people who even buy a car. After all, one day it may be cheaper to simply call an AEV from a shuttle service, where a fleet can be on the move at any time. Buy a ride somewhere for less than fuel, insurance, and possible monthly car payments. and then send the AV on its way. AV devices equipped with charge commands could know in advance whether a preset passenger destination is exhausting its energy reserves and signal to operators that a return trip to a charging station may be necessary first.
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In my opinion, there is a little technical reality missing from this vision.
AI is nowhere near ready to control autonomous vehicles. As a seasoned software developer, I have created useful commercial AI systems, some of which are from scratch. I disagree with people who say AI is a myth, the systems are really smart. But their intelligence is insect-level intelligence.
Why don't I trust the insect-level intelligence that runs my vehicle? Because we all know what happens to insects when they encounter a situation they cannot understand – they slap the windshield. Or they encounter obstacles in autonomous vehicles with AI insects, as was the case in Taiwan this May.
Where do the operators get the energy from to supply these charging points with electricity? Renewable systems that cannot reliably replace fossil fuels are unable to provide additional energy for charging electric vehicles. Add to this significant transmission losses from wireless charging, and the situation becomes completely absurd. Anyone who has used a wireless mobile charger knows how close the mobile phone needs to be to the charger in order to receive power. Even if the device touches the charger, there will be significant losses.
This obvious confusion of fantasy and reality is not uncommon in renewable energy circles. Anyone who can do arithmetic can calculate that renewables are not ready to power the modern world and may never be ready. Yet billions of dollars are wasted every year on the baseless green fantasy that everything will work out if you spend enough money on something that doesn't make sense.