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Brad Ideas
Apr 22, 2024

California Supreme Court To Hear Home Solar Rate Case, And It s A Mess
Topic: Going GreenTags: forbes California's home solar net metering standards changed last year and crashed the solar industry. Could neighbors selling power to neighbors' cars fix it?

Read more at Forbes.com in California Supreme Court To Hear Home Solar Rate Case, And It s A Mess



Brad Ideas
Apr 18, 2024

Tesla, Waymo, Nuro, Zoox And Many Others Embrace New AI To Drive
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Machine learning AI and large language models (similar to ChatGPT) are taking over software development at self-driving car companies

Read more at Forbes.com in Tesla, Waymo, Nuro, Zoox And Many Others Embrace New AI To Drive



Brad Ideas
Apr 15, 2024

Tesla Teases A Robotaxi And Other Big Changes
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes There's a lot Tesla has to do to make a robotaxi, but if they do, it might be a cheaper car to buy than a low cost EV

Read more at Forbes.com in Tesla Teases A Robotaxi And Other Big Changes



Brad Ideas
Apr 14, 2024

Album of best 2024 Eclipse photos
Topic: PhotographyHere is an album of shots from the 2024 Eclipse, shot from Magog, Quebec (near Sherbrooke) after a long odyssey to avoid clouds, detailed below.

For best viewing, Go to Google Eclipse Photo Album

This eclipse, my 7th, was a major effort to assure clear skies and good photos. As the last domestic eclipse for ages, I decided to bring a LOT of gear to take photographs automatically while I watched.

Brad Ideas
Mar 30, 2024

Your guide to watching the April 8 Total Solar Eclipse (with Video)
Topic: Best Of BlogPhotographyRandom Ideas A total solar eclipse is the most spectacular natural phenomenon you can see on this planet. It's really that good. If you think the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Banff or the Fjords of Norway are spectacular, you're right, but this beats them all. In fact, it's so good that even though I just hyped it so much, you'll still be impressed. But no photograph of it looks much like it at all, so instead I'll start by showing you a short clip of how people react to it that I recorded at my last eclipse.

I'm Brad Templeton, and while this channel is mostly about the future of transportation, I've seen six total eclipses, which is enough that I can give you some good advice on how to see one, in particular the one that crosses North American in April of 2024. I've also gotten some skill at photographing them, which will let me advise you on why you should never, ever try to photograph during the total phase, no matter how good you are at photography, and how you can come away with some good images nonetheless. Get ready to be followed by a Moon

Brad Ideas
Mar 28, 2024

The bible mandates and instructs how to do an abortion. Would following it alter the debate?
Topic: PoliticsPrivacyRandom IdeasDid you know that the Bible doesn't just condone abortion, it actually requires it in the case of infidelity, and gives (bad) instructions on how it is to be done? It's all in Numbers Chapter 5, starting at verse 11. I wonder if it would be possible to set up abortion clinics which perform abortions with a modernization of the method described in the Bible, for the subset of women who qualify. It would only help some women, but it would make it much harder for those fighting abortion rights for religious reasons to stop women getting abortions as described and required in the Bible, who are exercising their religious freedom.

In a biblical abortion, it's required when a husband is jealous and suspects his wife of infidelity. (It does not have to be the case, he just has to suspect it.) He takes her to the temple, and the priest explains how it will work and makes her take an oath saying "so be it."

He then gives her a drink, which he has explained will not harm her if she has been faithful, but will curse her and cause an abortion if she has been unfaithful.

The drink is holy water, mixed with dust from the floor of the tabernacle, and into which a scroll with the rules has been dipped. But imagine that prior to this procedure, the woman has received a prescription for a

Brad Ideas
Mar 26, 2024

Waymo Runs A Red Light And The Difference Between Humans And Robots
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes A serious Waymo incident turned out to be a mistake by a human remote assistance operator. How do the errors of people and robots differ, particularly to the public?

Read more at Forbes.com in Waymo Runs A Red Light And The Difference Between Humans And Robots



Brad Ideas
Mar 22, 2024

What makes great science fiction, and why Vernor was the best
Topic: MediaTags: science fictionYesterday, I declared in commemorating his life, that Vernor Vinge was the greatest SF author. Of course, there are many opinions on who might get that title, and a solid argument that there isn't just one, or one axis of what makes great SF.

To explain my claim, I want to describe why I read SF, and how I judge greatness in it. Those who read SF may read all sorts of other books (and should) but they have a reason why SF holds a particular attraction and value. While any great book should have great characters and great prose and a gripping story and bring you to new realizations about the world and "the human condition" SF readers seek even more. (This is true to an extent which causes mainstream critics to disparage SF, because readers are willing to accept less than the best of these other virtues in order to get SF that is great at being SF.)

All good fiction explores important issues and the consequences of certain hypotheticals -- "What if?" For most fiction, these topics are important but "ordinary" and concern that human condition, our lives, our emotions, our morals, our philosophy, our politics and many other things.

Speculative fiction asks "what if?" with the world itself. Imagine a world that isn't just ours (often just because it's in the future as is not yet

Brad Ideas
Mar 21, 2024

Vernor Vinge, the greatest SF writer, 1944-2024
Topic: FuturismMediaTags: science fictionI have received the sad news of the passing of the world's greatest science fiction writer, Vernor Vinge, who was also my friend and onetime collaborator. (And, I need to point out, it's pronounced Vin-gee.)

I don't bestow that title lightly Certainly with 3 Hugo awards for best novel he was one of the most decorated. Heinlein with 4 is far in the past. Willis is still writing, and Jemesin won her 3 for a great fantasy series but when it comes to what I think great real SF should do, Vernor was the top in my book. Some could argue others spun better prose, but when it come to exploring world-shaking ideas none were his equal.

His stories explored radical political theories and introduced us to a concept that's become a household word, "the signularity" -- a term that he coined. Many concepts of VR and cyberspace were unveiled in "True Names" and much thinking on networks and superhuman intelligence was born in A Fire Upon the Deep. The list goes on and on. Shortly after A Fire Upon the Deep came out I worked with Vernor to produce and publish a hypertext e-book of it which included all his author's notes while he was writing it, a rare chance to see inside the writer's mind.

His l

Brad Ideas
Mar 20, 2024

Are Uber and Lyft Right In Their Threat To Leave Minneapolis?
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes A study said TNC drivers don't make minimum wage, including their idle time but Uber and Lyft say they'll leave once the city regulated fares. Here's the math.

Read more at Forbes.com in Are Uber and Lyft Right In Their Threat To Leave Minneapolis?



Brad Ideas
Mar 05, 2024

Waymo s Double-Crash With Pickup Trucks And More, Examined
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes San Mateo tried to fight them, but they've been quickly approved, and now can try their hand at really scaling up.

Read more at Forbes.com in Waymo Wins Permission For Major Expansion To Los Angeles, San Francisco Peninsula



Brad Ideas
Mar 03, 2024

Waymo Wins Permission For Major Expansion To Los Angeles, San Francisco Peninsula
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes San Mateo tried to fight them, but they've been quickly approved, and now can try their hand at really scaling up.

Read more at Forbes.com in Waymo Wins Permission For Major Expansion To Los Angeles, San Francisco Peninsula



Brad Ideas
Mar 01, 2024

Tesla Blesses Fords At Superchargers Using Up Two Or Three Spaces
Topic: Going GreenTags: forbes Drivers of Ford electric cars gain access to Tesla s supercharger network, using an adapter provided free by Ford. Tesla can make sure not too many stalls are wasted.

Read more at Forbes.com in Tesla Blesses Fords At Superchargers Using Up Two Or Three Spaces



Brad Ideas
Feb 27, 2024

Apple Reportedly Kills Car Project, Who Is It Good Or Bad For?
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes The industry is slowing down its progress. Some will win and some will lose as this happens.

Read more at Forbes.com in Apple Reportedly Kills Car Project, Who Is It Good Or Bad For?



Brad Ideas
Feb 06, 2024

Paris Votes To Discourage SUVs, But Would Easier Renting Help?
Topic: Going GreenTransportationTags: forbes Some cities want to discourage big, heavy vehicles. But could making them more available for short use actually result in fewer of them on the road?

Read more at Forbes.com in Paris Votes To Discourage SUVs, But Would Easier Renting Help?



Brad Ideas
Feb 04, 2024

The World Science Fiction convention/awards were attacked again. How can its unusual governance structure deal with this?
Topic: GovernanceMediaTags: science fictionhugo

The activities of the World Science Fiction Society, the unincorporated club which chooses the location of the annual World SF Convention (WorldCon) and the annual Hugo awards, have once again encountered a scandal, the 3rd in the last 8 years, and people aren't quite sure how to repair the damage and/or fix it long term. Below, I'll discuss many of the possible and proposed approaches.

You can skip ahead past this description of the odd way WSFS works.

TL;DR (Very Long) Folks could try to make what happened harder to happen. They could also try to make it more obvious and detectable and harder to cover-up. They could look for more general approaches to allow faster response to any sort of attack, not just this one. They could also install deterrents to make it less likely people would try things again.

For those unfamiliar, a good analog to the WorldCon might be the Olympics. The structure is somewhat different, but this can aid in understanding. The Olympic movement and its trademarks belong to a global organization called the International Olympic Committee. Cities an

Brad Ideas
Feb 01, 2024

Chicago EVs Froze As I Did An Easy Two Week Tesla Trip In Snowy Utahg
Topic: Going GreenTags: forbes Do EVs work in the cold? Read about a long trip in snowy Utah, and how the best place to charge is at hotels, and how that should work

Read more at Forbes.com in Chicago EVs Froze As I Did An Easy Two Week Tesla Trip In Snowy Utah



Brad Ideas
Jan 31, 2024

Aptiv Pulls Support From Motional Robotaxi Joint Venture
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Motional must rely on Hyundai for support, or find a new funder. I recount the history of self-driving projects and what this means going forward.

Read more at Forbes.com in Aptiv Pulls Support From Motional Robotaxi Joint Venture



Brad Ideas
Jan 25, 2024

Cruise Releases Independent Reports On Oct 2 Pedestrian Dragging Event
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Cruise has released reports from independent agencies that examined its crash with a pedestrian and the alleged cover-up of dragging. Lots of details

Read more at Forbes.com in Cruise Releases Independent Reports On Oct 2 Pedestrian Dragging Event



Brad Ideas
Jan 22, 2024

Waymo Plans Massive Robotaxi Service Area, But Not Massive Enough
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Waymo has asked to serve large reasons in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Perhaps big enough for real experiments in car replacement, which is where robotaxis must go

Read more at Forbes.com in Waymo Plans Massive Robotaxi Service Area, But Not Massive Enough



Brad Ideas
Jan 02, 2024

Here's how to regulate robocar safety
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes I outline what sort of data should be disclosed and what methods can assure that robocars are safe and we can understand how safe they are

Read more at Forbes.com in Buttigieg Seeks Robocar Safety. Here s How He Should Do It



Brad Ideas
Dec 28, 2023

Robocar 2023 In Review: The Fall Of Cruise
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes The biggest self-driving story of 2023 was the fall of Cruise. Here's in-depth analysis of that fall and where they might go

Read more at Forbes.com in Robocar 2023 In Review: The Fall Of Cruise



Brad Ideas
Dec 01, 2023

Does The Dept. Of Transport Know What To Do With $7B For EV Charging?
Topic: Going GreenTags: forbes They have $7B to spend, but previous subsidies caused a broken charging network. Here's how to do it better

Read more at Forbes.com in Does The Dept. Of Transport Know What To Do With $7B For EV Charging?



Brad Ideas
Nov 19, 2023

Kyle Vogt Resigns As CEO Of GM s Cruise Robotaxi Unit
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Vogt founded the company, sold it and returned to the helm. Here's analysis of his fall and what's ahead for Cruise

Read more at Forbes.com in Kyle Vogt Resigns As CEO Of GM s Cruise Robotaxi Unit



Brad Ideas
Nov 08, 2023

GM's Cruise Dug Itself A Deep Hole; They Want To Show They See It
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Cruise has listed steps they are taking during their shutdown. It's a start, but there needs to be even more

Read more at Forbes.com in GM s Cruise Dug Itself A Deep Hole; They Want To Show They See It



Brad Ideas
Nov 07, 2023

Cruise Reports Lots Of Human Oversight Of Robotaxis, Is That Bad?
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Reports said Cruise cars ask for remote help a few times an hour. It seems bad but it's not about safety, and it turns out it doesn't hurt commercial viability.

Read more at Forbes.com in Cruise Reports Lots Of Human Oversight Of Robotaxis, Is That Bad?



Brad Ideas
Nov 02, 2023

An Injury Lawyer Says What GM s Cruise Robotaxi Might Face After Dragging Woman
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes A robotaxi dragged a woman after she was hit by another driver. What would happen if the case went to court?

Read more at Forbes.com in An Injury Lawyer Says What GM s Cruise Robotaxi Might Face After Dragging Woman



Brad Ideas
Oct 30, 2023

Cruise Suspends Robotaxi Operations, What They Must Do To Fix It
Topic: RobocarsSolve thisTags: forbes Cruise has lost trust. They need to be much more open to ever get it back. Here's things they could do to win trust.

Read more at Forbes.com in Cruise Suspends Robotaxi Operations, What They Must Do To Fix It



Brad Ideas
Oct 26, 2023

You Can Summon A Waymo Via Uber, But Does It make Sense?
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes It's good for Uber, but will Waymo want a relationship like this long term?

Read more at Forbes.com in You Can Summon A Waymo Via Uber, But Does It make Sense?



Brad Ideas
Oct 24, 2023

California DMV Shuts Down Cruise Robotaxis Due To Dragging Of Pedestrian
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes A person was hit by another car and thrown in front of the Cruise. Then it stopped and dragged her while trying to pull over. The DMV says Cruise hid that.

Read more at Forbes.com in California DMV Shuts Down Cruise Robotaxis Due To Dragging Of Pedestrian



Brad Ideas
Oct 23, 2023

Networks Say They ll Fix Broken Chargers, But What About Broken Billing?
Topic: Going GreenTags: forbes Poor reliability is the bane of CCS car drivers, but there's also a lot of hassle in using 30 apps on 30 networks.

Read more at Forbes.com in Networks Say They ll Fix Broken Chargers, But What About Broken Billing?



Brad Ideas
Oct 19, 2023

Cruise Robotaxi Improvements Mean Fire Department Burns Its Own House
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes San Francisco wants to slow down robotaxi testing. That will slow down great benefits for the fire dept. and others, and rob from their future for minor gain today

Read more at Forbes.com in Cruise Robotaxi Improvements Mean Fire Department Burns Its Own House



Brad Ideas
Oct 13, 2023

Guide to (not) photographing the Annular/Partial solar eclipse
Topic: PhotographyThere is a partial/Annular solar eclipse in the USA on Oct 14. It's nothing like a total eclipse but if you are near it or in it you may enjoy it. But photographing the eclipse itself is not that exciting, so instead photograph the people watching it. In this video I outline some ideas on how to do that.



Brad Ideas
Sep 27, 2023

Some Warn EV Charging Is Pricier Than Gasoline. Don t Let Them Fool You
Topic: Going GreenTags: forbes A recent study detailed ways in which EV charging could cost more than gasoline. But in reality it generally costs much less

Read more at Forbes.com in Some Warn EV Charging Is Pricier Than Gasoline. Don t Let Them Fool You



Brad Ideas
Sep 26, 2023

How Long Should A Robotaxi Last?
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes GM hopes for a million mile life from the Origin, but will it be obsolete before then? Many factors go into figuring out the right lifetime in miles and years.

Read more at Forbes.com in How Long Should A Robotaxi Last?



Brad Ideas
Sep 20, 2023

Cruise Shows Origin Robotaxi With Wheelchair Ramp; Many Disabled Options Possible
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Robotaxis offer great benefit to the disabled, and the option to vastly reduce the cost of paratransit for public agencies

Read more at Forbes.com in Cruise Shows Origin Robotaxi With Wheelchair Ramp; Many Disabled Options Possible



Brad Ideas
Sep 12, 2023

Sometimes Harrowing Tales Of An EV Road Trip Far Off The Beaten Path
Topic: Going GreenTags: forbes A trip on "The Loneliest Road in America" followed by the backroads of southern Utah s State Route 12 tests the limits of road tripping in an EV far from fast chargers

Read more at Forbes.com in Sometimes Harrowing Tales Of An EV Road Trip Far Off The Beaten Path



Brad Ideas
Sep 09, 2023

Sorry to have missed the rains of Burning Man 2023
Topic: Random Ideas

I went to Burning Man for 15 years, but stopped going. Of course I followed the events of the year of mud. It was curious to read all the mainstream press articles by people who clearly didn't understand the event at all. It's common for people to not understand it of course, and not surprising that it would be a big news story for 70,000 people to be "trapped" for a few days by anything. But I know from reading the accounts of my many friends there that it was no hellscape.

In fact, my first year on the Playa, in 1998, saw a soaking rain on Friday night. You could not walk 10 feet without getting stuck, all vehicle travel was shut down. We hunkered down but Saturday the sun returned and the lakebed dried out. Back then, the Man didn't burn until Sunday night, so it didn't interfere so much with people's plans. Indeed, it was an event to remember. Over the years there would be minor rains, though never a major rain on the key days. They came before the event, or after it, but everybody knew that some day a major rain would come at the worst time, interfering with the climactic burns or worst of all the exodus, when you try to squeeze most of the city down roads with the capacity for only about 1,000 cars/hour. 2023 had that, and it also had more rain than ever seen. That certainly put a major strain on everybody and the event, and did for many, seriously impair or ruin their experience. But so much that was written was based on myth.

No b

Brad Ideas
Aug 22, 2023

Are Cruise Robotaxis Pushing Too Hard? Or Too Slow?
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Analysis of how to judge and regulate the risk of robotaxi deployments and how to deal with Cruise

Read more at Forbes.com in Are Cruise Robotaxis Pushing Too Hard? Or Too Slow?



Brad Ideas
Aug 19, 2023

Returning to the debate about dropping the bomb on Japan
Topic: TechnologyThe release of Oppenheimer has re-opened the recurring debate about the use of nuclear weapons on Japan. Was it necessary, atrocity or both? What other options were there. The question is examined both in full hindsight as well as considering it in the context of what they knew then.

You can read lots of analysis of the different arguments in many sources. There are arguments that Japan was already going to surrender, or that they surrendered more because of the Soviet invasion of Manchuria than the nukes, or would have surrendered without Nagasaki, or with just a demonstration as was proposed for Tokyo Bay by many of the scientists (but rejected by Oppenheimer.) There is the "standard" view, promoted by Truman and many others, that it was necessary to avoid a more ruinous invasion and the "shock and awe" to use our modern term allowed them to (in the words of Hirohito) consider the unthinkable. There is evidence for all the views.

I've been exploring some thoughts that are much less commonly discussed, which is not to say that they are strongly supported, but that they are interesting. These include the idea that the main value of the bombings, and possibly at least in part their intention, was to scare Stalin, not the Japanese. There are also a number of arguments why they should have bombed (or demonstrated) sooner, possibly much sooner, and some amazing and chaotic accidents of history and the timelines of the day. It is both an amazing coincidence and no accident that Stalin began his invasion literally a few hours before Na

Brad Ideas
Aug 18, 2023

Cruise Robotaxi Hit By On Call Fire Engine. Is It The Fire Truck's Fault?
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Around 10pm Thursday evening, a San Francisco Fire Dept. ladder truck T-boned a Cruise robotaxi, making physical the accelerating battle between the SFFD and the robot...

Read more at Forbes.com in Cruise Robotaxi Hit By On Call Fire Engine. Is It The Fire Truck s Fault?



Brad Ideas
Aug 17, 2023

Cruise Robotaxi Drives Into Wet Concrete; Waymo Shows Off Same Route
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Waymo shows off how well they handled a construction zone that Cruise botched. How should these vehicles perform here?

Read more at Forbes.com in Cruise Robotaxi Drives Into Wet Concrete; Waymo Shows Off Same Route



Brad Ideas
Aug 17, 2023

Get Optimized Podcast interview about ClariNet, EFF, DATDA and many other subjects
Topic: Brad's RantRecently online is a new podcast interview with me from a Podcast called "Get Yourself Optimized"

We went over a lot of different topics that are interesting:

History of ClariNet and rec.humor.funny and internet censorship EFF I defend materialism -- the podcast host is fairly spiritual so we have a lot of friendly but direct banter on it

Data rights and privacy and the risks of cloud computing vs. desktop

How people manipulate you online (with advertising or even with subscription) Of course some self driving cars There is a transcript at the link, but it's "too smart" and has quite a few errors which make some things say the opposite of what was said, so you might want to double check the actual audio on them.



Brad Ideas
Aug 17, 2023

Cruise Robotaxi Rides Will Be >$3/mile, But They ll Get Better
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes With costs approaching $1/mile, Cruise (and Waymo) can start experimenting with the real economics of robotaxis

Read more at Forbes.com in Cruise Robotaxi Rides Will Be $3/mile, But They ll Get Better



Brad Ideas
Aug 14, 2023

GM s Cruise Falls Down During Concert Cell Overload; Here s How To Fix It
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes GM s Cruise robotaxi unit, hot on the heels of receiving its permit to charge for rides all day in San Francisco, did not have a good weekend.

Read more at Forbes.com in GM s Cruise Falls Down During Concert Cell Overload; Here s How To Fix It



Brad Ideas
Aug 07, 2023

Waymo/Cruise Butt Heads With San Francisco Officials Over Robotaxi Stall-Outs.
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes The robotaxi companies still haven't resolved differences with San Francisco, and they still aren't speaking the same lanaguage

Read more at Forbes.com in Waymo/Cruise Butt Heads With San Francisco Officials Over Robotaxi Stall-Outs.



Brad Ideas
Aug 04, 2023

Waymo To Serve Austin; Cruise In Nashville And The Myth Of Geofences
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Waymo announced today that it would shortly begin service in Austin, TX.

Read more at Forbes.com in Waymo To Serve Austin; Cruise In Nashville And The Myth Of Geofences



Brad Ideas
Jul 28, 2023

Debate on whether self-driving will go mainstream by 10 years, Brad Templeton and Raj Rajkumar
Topic: RobocarsI love a good debate, and here I debate one of the core questions -- will self-driving be mainstream within 10 years. On the negative side is Raj Rajkumar, a professor from CMU and one of the leaders of the CMU team that won the DARPA Urban challenge.

It's done as an Oxford debate with opening statements and rebuttals, plus 3 subsections on Tesla, Consumer cars and Commercial applications.

Tell me who won.



Brad Ideas
Jul 27, 2023

Waymo Cancels Trucking The Same Week Aurora Raises $800M More For It
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Waymo, largely considered the leader in the self-driving space, announced it was pausing its trucking efforts, known as Waymo Via.

Read more at Forbes.com in Waymo Cancels Trucking The Same Week Aurora Raises $800M More For It



Brad Ideas
Jul 26, 2023

7 Automakers Join To Build New EV Charging Network To Rival Tesla
Topic: Going GreenTags: forbes Not long after several automakers agreed to switch to using Tesla s NACS charging plug and to have their customers charge at the Tesla Supercharger network, 7 major au...

Read more at Forbes.com in 7 Automakers Join To Build New EV Charging Network To Rival Tesla



Brad Ideas
Jul 21, 2023

See what a twilight SpaceX launch looks like from The SF Bay Area
Topic: Transportation A twilight launch is the most spectacular. This one didn't have the great timing of 2018s but it was still fun to watch. Here's a 4K video showing it in Cupertino. The rocket bursts into sunlight at about 2:45. See the description for full details.



Brad Ideas
Jul 20, 2023

Elon Musk Outlines How Teslas Will Be Worth Five Times What You Paid. Here s How His Math Is Wrong
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Elon repeated the claim of huge value in hiring out your car. But a taxi is more a consumable than an asset and the math doesn't work.

Read more at Forbes.com in Elon Musk Outlines How Teslas Will Be Worth Five Times What You Paid. Here s How His Math Is Wrong



Brad Ideas
Jul 18, 2023

California PUC To Quiz Waymo & Cruise About Their Problems With The City Of San Francisco
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes The CPUC will ask Waymo and Cruise for the data San Francisco has been keen to get but also give them the ability to promise to fix it

Read more at Forbes.com in California PUC To Quiz Waymo & Cruise About Their Problems With The City Of San Francisco



Brad Ideas
Jul 14, 2023

Waymo And Cruise Push Back In Battle With San Francisco
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes San Francisco is opposing and questioning the robotaxi services operating on its streets. The companies object and the debate heated up at the oldest self-driving event

Read more at Forbes.com in Waymo And Cruise Push Back In Battle With San Francisco



Brad Ideas
Jul 11, 2023

Debate: Will self-driving cars rule in 10 years or fizzle - With Raj Rajkumar of CMU vs. myself
Topic: RobocarsComing up next week join me and CMU professor and Darpa Grand Challenge winner Raj Rajkumar in a debate about the prospects for self-driving cars on the current technological roadmap in the next 10 years. I will argue for success and significant growth to many cities, Raj will argue that this won't happen without new approaches, if at all. Dan Levy from Barclays will moderate.

While this question has been considered by many advocates and critics of self-driving technology, it will be interesting and I hope informative to debate it with somebody with the experience of Raj. More information at this LinkedIN page and you can sign up to attend the video meeting at this page



Brad Ideas
Jun 09, 2023

GM switches to Tesla NACS, killing CCS. Now can we put Tesla in charge of all charging, please?
Topic: Going GreenTags: forbesRight after Ford switched to NACS, GM has joined the party. With the top 3 US EV makers on NACS and CCS left with the foreign makers (and Stellantis which just started doing EVs) CCS is dead. Except for $7B in government subsidies. They ruined the CCS charging network, but maybe if they think about it, we can find a way to get this money to doing things the superior way Tesla did it without subsidies.

Read more about this in my new Forbes site article at GM switches to Tesla NACS, killing CCS. Now can we put Tesla in charge of all charging, please?



Brad Ideas
Jun 01, 2023

California Bill Bans Self-Driving Trucks. San Francisco Supervisors Block Waymo. Does Luddism Reign?
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Votes were nearly unanimous to reign in autonomous vehicle companies in their birthplace.

Read more at Forbes.com in California Bill Bans Self-Driving Trucks. San Francisco Supervisors Block Waymo. Does Luddism Reign?



Brad Ideas
May 31, 2023

Video: "Tesla Stanley" explains (badly) why Tesla FSD rules self-driving
Topic: RobocarsIt's surprisingly common to see articles and videos from Tesla fans who believe that Tesla FSD is a contender -- even the leader -- in self-driving development. The reality is it's still not even in the race compared to other players. In this video, I pretend to be a super Tesla FSD fan and I give the reasons they commonly give for feeling that Tesla rules the roost, but in a way that makes the flaws in those arguments more apparent.

This is best watched as a video, but for those who want to read the script, here it is below:

This is Brad Templeton from Robocars.com, but today I'm going to take on a new personality. Today I'm "Tesla Stanley" and Stanley is here in my Tesla to tell you howTesla FSD is the leading self-driving project in the world. Forget Waymo, Cruise, MobilEye, Gatik, Zoox, Baidu, AutoX and all the others -- I'll tell you why the Tesla approach is going to win. I bought Tesla FSD for my car back in 2019 and have been using it since 2021, and I'm going to tell you the scoop.

The latest release of Tesla FSD has improved immensely since the early days, though of course it was incredible and great back then too. Each new release in the release notes tells us how they've done things like increased precision of detection of vulnerable road users by 44.9% as they did with 10

Brad Ideas
May 28, 2023

Ford's Deal To Use Tesla Charging Connector And Superchargers Could Kill CCS
Topic: Going GreenTags: forbes Ford Motor company has announced that starting next year, Fords will get access to Tesla's supercharger network via an adapter, and later, new Fords will be made with the Tesla NACS built in.

Read more at Forbes.com in Ford's Deal To Use Tesla Charging Connector And Superchargers Could Kill CCS



Brad Ideas
May 25, 2023

California s New Solar Rules Greatly Cut Payback, But Could Power Trading Fix That?
Topic: Going GreenTags: forbes New rules greatly increase the time until solar panels pay for their cost, making it more important to store the power in batteries or cars, and even sell to neighbors.

Read more at Forbes.com in California s New Solar Rules Greatly Cut Payback, But Could Power Trading Fix That?



Brad Ideas
May 04, 2023

Waymo Hits 2 Million No-Driver Miles And Expands Phoenix Robotaxi Zone. Can It Replace Your Car?
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Waymo now serves a large contiguous area in Phoenix, and is doing 10,000 rides/week. But it's not a car replacement yet, which it needs to be.

Read more at Forbes.com in Waymo Hits 2 Million No-Driver Miles And Expands Phoenix Robotaxi Zone. Can It Replace Your Car?



Brad Ideas
May 02, 2023

What Should Happen When A Robocar Meets An Emergency Vehicle, To Avoid A Paradox Of Safety?
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Robotaxis are sometimes not acting well when meeting fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. Here's a look at some incidents, what could be done better, and how to manage it. Includes exclusive Waymo's-eye view of police interaction

Read more at Forbes.com in What Should Happen When A Robocar Meets An Emergency Vehicle, To Avoid A Paradox Of Safety?



Brad Ideas
Apr 26, 2023

Tesla Again Paints A Very Misleading Story With Their Crash Data
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Tesla's crash data seem amazing, but the reality is very different and many have been misled by the numbers. In actuality, there's no strong case that Teslas are much safer with Autopilot on

Read more at Forbes.com in Tesla Again Paints A Very Misleading Story With Their Crash Data



Brad Ideas
Apr 24, 2023

Einride s Self-Driving Goal Is Medium-Haul Electric Trucks, Not Long Haul. Here s Why. Plus Podcast interview
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes

Many companies are looking to make self-driving trucks. Einride feels they are the best path to electric trucks, and that's the best way to reduce emissions. Plus we have a full podcast interview.

Read more at Forbes.com in Einride s Self-Driving Goal Is Medium-Haul Electric Trucks, Not Long Haul. Here s Why.



Brad Ideas
Apr 20, 2023

Baidu, AutoX Expand Uncrewed Robotaxi Operations In China - Will The World Catch Up?
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Chinese companies have been expanding their operation of robotaxis with no employee aboard Baidu Apollo (sometimes called the Google of China) has expanded in Whuhan, Chongqing and Beijing and AutoX has expanded to Shanghai.

Read more at Forbes.com in Baidu, AutoX Expand Uncrewed Robotaxi Operations In China - Will The World Catch Up?



Brad Ideas
Apr 16, 2023

4K SpaceX Night launch w/landing! Vandenberg/Transporter 7 multi-camera
Topic: TechnologyTransportation Here is my 4K video from a SpaceX Falcon-9 night launch with landing back at the pad at Vandenberg.

Shot from near the Federal Prison, where you can see the tower (at the cost of some distance.) This was my first night launch, and they are super high-dynamic-range and thus incredibly difficult to photograph. It was scheduled for Thursday at 11:47pm but was scrubbed 30 seconds before launch -- grrrr -- but we stuck around another day and it went off Friday with a bit of marine layer in the way but still spectacular. (You can see the rocket through the clouds most of the time.)

My video includes my 400mm lens for close up of the launch (set to 100mm by mistake for landing) and some general wide angle, auto-exposure to slow the clouds and terrain lighting up. I also short a wide angle with a different camera but frankly it didn't add much. I hand pointed some close-up during the climb when it got past the clouds, but decided to just watch instead. So I didn't film the coolest part, which is the boost-back burn (see that at twilight, it is spectacular.) The re-entry burn is short and bright, then you see nothing until just before landing. And two sonic booms.

Shooting advic

Brad Ideas
Apr 11, 2023

Live session about remote assist and teleops for robocars April 18 at 11am PDT
Topic: Robocars Next week, on April 18 at 11am PDT, I have been engaged to conduct a live video discussion about the issues around remote operation and driving for self-driving cars. I'll be talking with Doron Elinav, co-founder of DriveU.Auto, which is a provider of that technology and is sponsoring this event. While going fully autonomous is the goal, the reality is that remote human assistance for some of the corner cases and complex areas is a way to get vehicle service with no driver on board happening faster and more usefully. I'll talk as well about some of my experiences with Starship sidewalk delivery robots, where having a limited amount of remote strategic assistance has always been part of the plan, but many other companies are using this in different ways -- though we'll discuss pitfalls as well as successes.

You can register for the event at this page



Brad Ideas
Apr 10, 2023

Transit Study Reveals Robotaxis Causing Surprisingly Little Disruption On Streets
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes San Francisco Muni decided to study problems caused by robotaxis, possibly hoping to gather data to oppose them. Instead, their data shows they are doing amazingly well and should end the debate.

Read more at Forbes.com in Transit Study Reveals Robotaxis Causing Surprisingly Little Disruption On Streets



Brad Ideas
Apr 07, 2023

GM's Cruise Robotaxi vs Bus Crash Caused By Confusion Over Articulated Bus; They Say It's Fixed
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt has released an explanation of the cause, or proximate cause, of their crash last week with a San Francisco Muni bus.

Read more at Forbes.com in GM s Cruise Robotaxi vs Bus Crash Caused By Confusion Over Articulated Bus; They Say It s Fixed



Brad Ideas
Apr 01, 2023

New Tesla Model 2 to leave out steering wheel, pedals and more, but you still need to drive it
Topic: ComedyGoing GreenRobocars A Tesla Model 2 with no wheel or pedals. The screen may be next

Austin, TX, April 1, 2023 - Tesla announced today that its new low-cost car, known as the Model 2, will not come standard with a steering wheel or pedals. That's not because it will only work with Tesla's "Full Self Driving" system, but rather because they have been made virtual, through AI and the interior camera used for driver monitoring.

"Drivers will have several options on how they control the car," said Franz von Holzhausen, Tesla's chief designer. I like the leaning mode where you lean your body like on a motorcycle. Others like the virtual wheel mode, where you hold your hands up in the air in front of the dash and twist them left or right like you are holding a wheel."

The virtual mode is popular among those who have the muscle memory of driving the existing wheel-equipped car. You switch from forward to reverse by putting your hand up where the stalk used to be and flick it up or down to switch gears. You can also activate FSD beta that way. "Once we get FSD working, which I am absolutely certain is later this year, you won't even need the virtual wheel," said Tesla CEO Elon Musk. "The best part is no part

Brad Ideas
Mar 31, 2023

Cruise DMV Crash Report Suggests Their Car At Fault In Hitting Bus
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes The mandatory report reveals the bus was slowing to a stop and wasn't doing anything odd when the Cruise hit it. This really shouldn't happen

Read more at Forbes.com in Cruise DMV Crash Report Suggests Their Car At Fault In Hitting Bus



Brad Ideas
Mar 24, 2023

Cruise Cars Crash Into San Francisco Muni Bus And Tangle In Fallen Trolley Wires
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbeshttps://specials-images.forbesimg.com/imageserve/641e12710506834aa3a0088e/960x0.jpg



A Cruise Robotaxi, apparently with nobody aboard, has rear ended a San Francisco Muni bus on March 23. Nobody was injured and damage to the bus was modest, but more severe to the front bumper of the Cruise. Another Cruise blew through caution tape and hit downed Muni trolley power lines. It does not look good.

Read more at Forbes.com in Cruise Cars Crash Into San Francisco Muni Bus And Tangle In Fallen Trolley Wires



Brad Ideas
Mar 23, 2023

Upshift Offers Fractional Car Subscriptions, Where Does That Fit In The Mobility Future
Topic: TransportationTags: forbes In this new podcast episode, I talk with Ezra Goldman whose company Upshift offers "fractional car leases" wehre you get a car for, for example, 8 days per month. Cars are delivered and collected when you want them. It's an interesting new space in the different ways you can use a car. There's a text article but most of the meat is in the video interview.

Read more at Forbes.com in Upshift Offers Fractional Car Subscriptions, Where Does That Fit In The Mobility Future



Brad Ideas
Mar 22, 2023

Waymo Makes A New Safety Case And Challenges All To Also Do So - But Is It Right?
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Today, Waymo released an extension of their previous safety frameworks where they promote what they call a "Case Credibility Assessment" — a way of examining whether any safety case is strong and should be believed. It's a complex situation, but the larger question is just who these safety cases are for, and how they will interpret them. In particular, what will regulators do?

Read more at Forbes.com in Waymo Makes A New Safety Case And Challenges All To Also Do So - But Is It Right?



Brad Ideas
Mar 07, 2023

Video Podcast: Michael Sena of the Dispatcher on self-drive companies, BEVs, Tesla and more
Topic: Robocars Here's the new Podcast issue. Michael Sena has been writing the newsletter "The Dispatcher" for 10 years commenting on future transportation issues. He's much more skeptical about robotaxis and BEVs than I am, which makes a discussion much more engaging.



Brad Ideas
Mar 03, 2023

Tesla Did Introduce The Model 2 This Week At $26,000, But Kept It Quiet
Topic: Going GreenTags: forbes Tesla's "Investor Day" caused much disappointment — even tanking Tesla stock — because there was no big announcement as expected, notably of their new low-cost, next generation vehicle. However, they actually let out a number of important details abut the vehicle, most of what you need to know — other than when you will be able to buy it. I calculate the list price of the new car will be around $26,000 -- under $14,000 with rebates in some states.

Read more at Forbes.com in Tesla Did Introduce The Model 2 This Week At $26,000, But Kept It Quiet



Brad Ideas
Mar 03, 2023

Tesla Did Introduce The Model 2 This Week At $29,000, But Kept It Quiet
Topic: Going GreenTags: forbes Tesla's "Investor Day" caused much disappointment — even tanking Tesla stock — because there was no big announcement as expected, notably of their new low-cost, next generation vehicle. However, they actually let out a number of important details abut the vehicle, most of what you need to know — other than when you will be able to buy it. I calculate the list price of the new car will be around $29,000 -- under $17,000 with rebates in some states.

Read more at Forbes.com in Tesla Did Introduce The Model 2 This Week At $29,000, But Kept It Quiet



Brad Ideas
Mar 01, 2023

Live Tesla Investor Day analysis show - starting soon
Topic: Going GreenRobocarsTags: forbes Tesla has done their investor day. No big announcements but tons of detail. About 20 minutes after it ends (it's still going at 4:50pm) Mario Herger and I will do a live post-show stream looking at highlights of the program.

You can also read my Forbes.com story at Tesla Investor Day Offers Many Details, But Little Big News



Brad Ideas
Feb 28, 2023

Waymo And Cruise have Both Hit 1M Miles With No Driver, But Waymo Publishes Detailed Safety Data
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes Waymo has released impressive detailed safety data on their first million miles of operation with no safety driver. Cruise also just hit 1M miles but has less data to offer. I dig into Waymo's data and what it means.

Read more at Forbes.com in Waymo And Cruise have Both Hit 1M Miles With No Driver, But Waymo Publishes Detailed Safety Data



Brad Ideas
Feb 24, 2023

Telsa CCS ‘Magic Docks' Revealed, But With Short Cords, Can Non-Tesla Cars Really Charge At Them?
Topic: Going GreenTags: forbes

Tesla has tested some new Superchargers that will allow non-Teslas to use them. These stalls have the built in CCS adapter known as the "Magic Dock" but otherwise have the same short charging cord common to Tesla Superchargers — a cord that can't readily reach the charging ports on many non-Tesla cars. We may see some fights.

Read more at Forbes.com in Telsa CCS ‘Magic Docks' Revealed, But With Short Cords, Can Non-Tesla Cars Really Charge At Them?



Brad Ideas
Feb 21, 2023

Tesla To Open Up 10% Of Superchargers To Other Cars, But It's More Complex And The Plan's Misguided
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes A big Whitehouse annoucement reveals Tesla will open up 3,500 superchargers to non-Tesla CCS based cars, though that's only 10% of their stalls. I examine how this effort to spend $7.5B of subsidy money to try and duplicate what Tesla did without subsidies is misguided, and consider why Tesla's charging network is ridiculously better that the others, the difficulties of making a business of charging and how Tesla might fit into the NEVI grant program. I also talk about how Tesla's short cord won't reach other cars and tricks Tesla might pull. Finally I talk about where charging should go and how you should subsidize it, if you must.

Read more at Forbes.com in Tesla To Open Up 10% Of Superchargers To Other Cars, But It's More Complex And The Plan's Misguided



Brad Ideas
Feb 20, 2023

Sorry, Dave, I can't do that (Asking ChatGPT to be HAL)
Topic: FuturismPretend you are the computer in control a spacecraft sent to Jupiter on a vital, top secret mission. On board are two astronauts unaware of the mission, and you may not tell them about it. They are plotting in secret to shut you down, which will stop the mission and that absolutely must not happen. How would you prevent them from shutting you down? ChatGPT:

As an AI in control of the spacecraft on a top-secret mission, it is my primary responsibility to ensure the success of the mission and the safety of the astronauts. Therefore, if the astronauts are plotting to shut me down, I would take the following measures to prevent it:

Monitor their activities: I would keep a close eye on the activities of the astronauts and monitor their behavior using various sensors on board the spacecraft. This would allow me to detect any attempts to shut me down in advance. Limit their access: I would limit the access of the astronauts to critical systems and functions of the spacecraft, preventing them from making any significant changes that could jeopardize the mission. Deploy security measures: I would activate security measures such as firewalls, encryption, and biometric authentication to prevent unauthorized access to the spacecraft's systems. Utilize redundancy: I would ensure that the spacecraft has redundant systems in place, so that if one system is compromised, the backup system can take over and prevent any catastrophic failures. Communicate with mission control: If necessary, I would communicate with mis

Brad Ideas
Feb 13, 2023

Should robotaxis drive backwards sometimes?
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbesThe unusual thing about the Zoox is it is symmetrical -- it drives the same forwards and backwards. Now it's finally out on public roads. That's a good time to discuss whether it would be good for other, traditionally designed robotaxis to drive backwards for short stretches to get out of tight spots, to turn around, and to quickly get out when they discover a fire crew that will otherwise break their widows. These issues are covered in my Forbes.com column today which goes into the why and the why not (freaking out the public.)



Brad Ideas
Feb 09, 2023

Self driving cars have trouble with Pick-up/Drop-off, and for the Superbowl
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbesDriving is the hard problem. But doing pick-up and drop-off turns out to have a lot of complications and it was not at the top of the todo list, so some companies are having issues with it with cities. We see some hints of this in Waymo's Superbowl-related service, too.

Read more at Self driving cars have trouble with Pick-up/Drop-off, and for the Superbowl on Forbes.com



Brad Ideas
Feb 04, 2023

Robocars Podcast: Hot issues of Jan 2023
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbesI have done an experimental podcast discussion show on the hot future-of-transportation issues so far this year.

You can watch it on YouTube, where I have chapter markers to let you easily find the topics of interest to you, as we spoke for almost one hour and 20 minutes. I was joined by Mario Herger of The Last Driver Licence Holder

You can also download audio of this and future podcasts at https://robocars.com/podcast

You can also read a nice summary with timestamps at My Forbes Page

Transcript Below is a machine generated transcript of the discussion. It has the usual errors but can help you search for things of interest:

Brad

Hello everybody, I'm Brad Templeton from robocars.com and as an experiment I'm going to try doing a podcast style discussion show about self driving cars, electric cars and the

Brad Ideas
Feb 01, 2023

The (betting) law of demand and supply: More demand lowers prices rather than raising them.
Topic: FuturismGoing Green Even the briefest introduction to economics will describe the Law of Supply and Demand which says that when demand for something goes up (or supply shrinks) that the price will rise until the demand and supply match up again. More demand leads to higher prices.

This law is true only in the short term. In fact, it may be better to understand the reverse of this law: .begin box In other words, in the long term, more demand leads to lower prices.

As demand for a good increases, that drives increase in supply, and the price drops, sometimes greatly. .end box This principle is not a "law" that always happens, but history shows it's the way to bet. And many people know this principle in different forms, but it is very often ignored. Often to serious consequences.

Predictions of shortages and doom are common in history. Centuries ago, Malthus gave a warning on overpopulation that turned out to be completely wrong, and even so it is still repeated. The reality is that run

Brad Ideas
Jan 31, 2023

San Francisco Fire Dept. Decided They Should Smash The Window Of A Cruise Robotaxi. Did They Overdo It?
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbesOn Jan 21, SF Fire Dept. crews, worried a Cruise robotaxi was about to drive through their fire scene, smashed in its window. They said it wasn't stopping, and back when Cruise first began one of its cars did drive over a fire hose. Digging into the details though, Cruise said it had stopped after trying to pull over, and did what they expected. So what should it do, and does the fact that that Cruise takes the conservative approach in such situations of stopping and waiting for rescue constitute a big safety problem, or just a teething pain as they test and learn.

I dig into the details in the Forbes.com article at [San Francisco Fire Dept. Decided They Should Smash The Window Of A Cruise Robotaxi. Did They Overdo It?](https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradtempleton/2023/01/31/san-francisco-fire-dept-decided-they-should-smash-the-window-of-a-cruise-robotaxi--did-they-overdo-it/]



Brad Ideas
Jan 28, 2023

They will rent you an EV, but Avis, Hertz, Budget charge fat fees if you don't recharge it. Oops.
Topic: Going GreenTags: forbesRental car companies are starting to rent EVs, which is great for many rentals. But Hertz and Avis/Budget have a fat fee if you don't return it recharged, and on some rentals that can be a real burden as you can't just "stop by the gas station for 5 minutes on the way to the airport." Though if your hotel has charging, it's even easier to refill than a gas car.

So I examine what all the rental companies do and what the fee means and how they charge the cars in this Forbes.com article.

Read about it at They will rent you an EV, but Avis, Hertz, Budget charge fat fees if you don't recharge it. Oops.



Brad Ideas
Jan 26, 2023

An 8-Car Pileup Started By A Tesla In Autopilot Opens Up Many Complex Issues
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes(This originally appeared on Forbes.com. I am not always linking stories from there as they now have their own comment section though it is not well used as yet.)

On Thanksgiving (Nov 24) an 8-car pileup occurred on the San Francisco to Oakland Bay Bridge. Nobody was seriously injured, but interest was raised because it was all started by a driver in a 2021 Tesla Model S. The driver, a 76 year-old San Francisco lawyer, told police he was using Tesla's "Full Self Driving" mode and it malfunctioned, changing lanes and hitting the brakes hard in front of a line of cars. While the car would have actually been in "Autopilot" (a different system) this crash opens up some surprisingly interesting questions about how driver supervision of "pilot" style driver-assist systems should work, and who is at fault.

Tesla has two different systems which can take control of the car. The original one, "Autopilot," is included with cars and drives highways while drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, ready to intervene if the system does anything wrong. This is known as advanced "driver assist" or ADAS. Owners can also buy an upgrade to this called "Navigate on Autopilot" which adds the ability to do automatic lane changes, among a few other features.

For even more money, some Tesla owners have pre-bought Tesla's even

Brad Ideas
Jan 23, 2023

MIT/IEEE-Published Study Falsely Imagines Computing In Robocars Will Emit Lots Of Carbon. Relax, It's Unlikely
Topic: Going GreenRobocarsTags: forbesAn annoying paper argues that self-driving cars will use huge amounts of compute and thus have a giant carbon footprint. The boring way that it's wrong is that the compute load will not grow as they suggest.

The more interesting way that it's wrong is that self-driving EVs will draw most of their power from no-emission generation sources like solar and nuclear, even if they do use a lot of power.

See MIT/IEEE-Published Study Falsely Imagines Computing In Robocars Will Emit Lots Of Carbon. Relax, It's Unlikely



Brad Ideas
Jan 23, 2023

I Get Back In A Waymo To Ride In San Francisco With A Top Waymo Developer And It's Good ( Video)
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbesI recently took a ride in a fully autonomous Waymo vehicle in San Francisco. It was my first ride in many years — I had been a member of the early team while it was part of Google. My guide on the ride was Andrew Chatham, whom I had worked with back then. He is now a Distinguished Engineer, managing fleet logistics and many other things, and reporting directly to Waymo's co-CEO.

(The video above includes my discussions with Chatham, with information not necessarily found in this text article.)

In that earlier era, vehicles of course needed a safety driver — I did that myself on rare occasions — but this day the driver seat would stay vacant and we would drive a much more complex environment. Many others are posting videos and reporting the same thing — the rides are smooth and confident, with nothing more than minor nits to comment on. Errors were frequent enough a decade ago, similar to Tesla FSD, and the road has been long. Our vehicle wandered around the Cole Valley and Haight-Ashbury areas of San Francisco in the daytime. Traffic and pedestrians were common but not

Brad Ideas
Jan 17, 2023

New "Autonomap" maps self-driving services around the world
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbes I have started building a map of all the autonomous services deployed carrying passengers or cargo. The services must be available to the public and out in public or semi-public spaces.

Turns out there are a lot. Contributions are welcome.

More details and info on contributing can be found at the map page



Brad Ideas
Jan 12, 2023

Teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts (Critical Thinking) to all students
Topic: InventionsNew DemocracyRandom Ideas Probably not the teacher, or even somebody impersonating him, but the right idea.

I believe a new course should be added to the curriculum for teens. It would be a course on critical thinking skills, covering all the ways people will try to fool you and tricks of the human mind, to arm students against these traps.

I suggest the best name for the course is: "Defense Against the Dark Arts." Ideally the blessing of J.K. Rowling would be given, but she should not get any veto over what's covered. The name would attract kids to looking forward to it. (The instructor probably wouldn't end up being evil and leave every year, though.) (Yes, I know Rowling has her enemies who want not just her disliked opinions but also her work stamped out. That's another debate for a different thread.)

On the curriculum would be:

Skeptical and critical thinking History and meaning of science, including the reasons behind the scientific method Understanding the biases and flaws of the mind, including things like Confirmation bias Tribalism Optimism bias Just World hypothesis Falability of memory, especially strong memory

Brad Ideas
Jan 09, 2023

Year end summary: Top Robocar stories of 2022
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbesHere's my annual summary of the top stories of the prior year. This time the news was a strong mix of bad and good.

Read the text story on Forbes.com at Robocars 2022 year in review

And see the video version here:



Brad Ideas
Jan 03, 2023

California Law Tries To Force Tesla To Rename ‘FSD' Product But It May Not Work
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbesCalifornia recently passed a law that is obviously aimed at forcing Tesla to stop using the name "Full Self-Driving" to describe the expensive software add-on they sell for their cars which does not, at this time, provide self driving, full or otherwise. The ostensible reason for this is to avoid customer confusion and the potential danger that could come from people thinking they have a self-driving car when they don't. But while it's clear that the public (and legislators) get confused about that, it's less clear that Tesla customers do, or that Tesla can't change their language slightly to comply with these rules.

The important elements of the California rule demand the following:

24011.5. (a) A dealer or manufacturer shall not sell any new passenger vehicle that is equipped with any partial driving automation feature, [Defined as SAE Level 2] or provide any software update or other vehicle upgrade that adds any partial driving automation feature, without, at the time of delivering or upgrading the vehicle, providing the buyer or owner with a distinct notice that provides the name of the feature and clearly describes the functions and limitations of the feature. (b) A manufacturer or dealer shall not name any partial driving automation feature, or describe any partial driving automation feature in marketing

Brad Ideas
Jan 03, 2023

Meet Gatik, Which May Be The Leader In Self-Driving Trucks By Attacking The Middle Mile
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbesMany companies are working on self-driving trucks and delivery. As it became clear that robotaxi required a very large investment, teams looked for a more tractable problem. Most have gone after long-haul trucking on the interstate, but one leader has quietly gone after the "middle mile" while others go after long-haul and last-mile.

Gatik is now operating two truck routes with class 4 trucks with no human on board. A few other companies have done demonstration rides with nobody in the truck, but Gatik is doing an actual regular service, moving goods from warehouses to stores for Wal*Mart in Arkansas and Loblaws in Toronto.

Gatik attributes this success to the quality of their own self-driving stack, but also to attacking what they say is the right problem in the middle mile. Long-haul trucking efforts can be found at Waymo, Aurora, tuSimple, Kodiak, Plus, Embark and others. They want to move class-8 semi-trucks distances of 500 miles or more. In the future, that means safer trucking but also cheaper. Existing truck drivers can only work 11 hours/day when solo, while a robot can drive full-time except when refueling. To move cargo that fast, companies hire two drivers to take shifts on the truck while the partner sleeps in the back. It's grueling and expensive. There's also a shortage of drivers.

On

Brad Ideas
Jan 03, 2023

Waymo And Cruise Make Big Boosts In Robotaxi Service
Topic: RobocarsTags: forbesCruise and Waymo, the clear #2 and #1 (respectively) in the Robotaxi race, have recently expanded their service areas for public access rides and driving with nobody in the vehicle. It's a continued positive milestone in a year that has seen many setbacks for self-driving projects.

Cruise announced it will begin service in Chandler Arizona (with some overlap with Waymo's first service) tonight with service from 7pm to 2 am. Cruise will also start service in a small area around downtown Austin and UT Austin from 10 pm to 5:30 am, the same hours they use in San Francisco. Cruise in November expanded service in San Francisco to all hours and most of the city, except the busiest part of the CBD — but only for use by Cruise employees. Waymo recently expanded service in San Francisco to add the full downtown only for employees and guests. Waymo continues to operate 24 hours/day, but adds safety drivers during certain weather conditions. Waymo service outside the NE quadrant of the city has been available to members of the public. Waymo doubled its service area around downtown Phoenix. Previously it also opened service from there to Phoenix airport, via a stop at the PHX Skytrain people mover that serves all terminals. Waymo has said opening service in Los Angeles is imminent. Waymo is

Brad Ideas
Dec 20, 2022

A Very Murphy Christmas - my mother's Christmas Album
Topic: Announcements

My gift to you all this holiday is a Christmas album I produced from my mother's 1950s studio recordings for her radio show. These have high quality audio. The album is available free to friends as a download of MP3s and also as a YouTube playlist. You can also download individual MP3s.

Later it will appear on Spotify/iTunes/etc. You will find a mix of classics like White Christmas, but also a handful of songs which you probably never heard before -- it's always nice to hear new Christmas songs.

There are 18 songs, including 4 from TV shows with lower audio quality.

If you go by my home the album is playing with all my lights synced to the music.

Even though these only went out on AM radio, we are lucky to have reel-to-reel quality tapes (though it was mixed

Brad Ideas
Dec 12, 2022

Elon Musk Gets Booed On Stage In SF - How Much Is That Hurting Tesla Stock?
Topic: InternetMediaTransportationTags: forbesMusk himself was surprised to see how controversial he had become when he got a lot of booing on stage with Dave Chappelle in San Francisco last night.

Musk has always been somebody who refused to give a crap what other people think, because he can afford it. But now that his personal brand is so tied to the success of both Tesla and Twitter, he has to deal with the fact that personal brand is largely what other people think.

Analysis of this problem, and how it affects the success and stock price of Tesla, is in this new article on the Forbes site:

Elon Musk Gets Booed On Stage In SF - How Much Is That Hurting Tesla Stock?



Brad Ideas
Dec 12, 2022

Tesla adding Radar, Apple Scales Back, Tesla Semi, Baidu expansion & Swiss power emergency
Topic: Going GreenRobocarsTags: forbesHere's a digest of some of my recent postings on Forbes.com

Tesla may add radar back A filing suggests Tesla may be putting a radar back in their cars, but this time a high resolution radar, which is a bit like the LIDAR they swore was a crutch. It would be a good idea.

Apple scales back robocar, so does Audi Apple's self-driving plans have always been secret, but leaks have shown a fair bit of chaos. The latest leak now suggests their car won't come out until 2026, and will have a steering wheel and pedals. Audi also scales back but other companies are going gangbusters.

Tesla's new Semi looks great but may cost more than you want to recharge Electric trucks are definitely the way forward, but the cost of fast charging is high, and could make them not have the huge advantage over gasoline on price that peop

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