Photo Gallery from CES 2019

Here is my gallery of photos and notes of interesting or silly products from CES 2019.

Mercedes concept shuttle

Rules for choosing a Presidential nominee

Former senators almost never get to live here

As we enter election season, people wonder who the right candidate for the Democrats (or never-Trumpers) to stand against Trump is.

There are many factors, but let me start with some generic factors for the Democrats at any time.

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EVSEs (car chargers) should be designed to do pass-through on dryer plugs

You probably have this (or the 4-pin version) in your laundry area

As an update to my proposal for a special circuit breaker to assist in managing home power I thought I would propose a much simpler alternative for those who have a dryer plug in their garage.

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Big OEMs wouldn't mind a robocar slowdown one bit

We continue to see lots of reports of a "pull back" on robocars, a "winter" of sorts. It is often presented as "the problem was harder than people expected" I discussed some of this in the prelude to my 2018 year in review.

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The news from CES is there wasn't much news from CES

The Bell Helicopter tiltrotor, ducted fan hybrid aircraft had a giant crowd when the hall was open.

My feet are aching, as usual, after 3 days on the CES show floor, and the question people always ask others there is "what have you seen that was interesting?"

Tesla in autopilot whacks a robot at CES (or does it?)

I'm on my way to CES tonight, and am surprised to have not seen much robocar news yet from there. I'll publish some reports of what I see. The first modest announcement is the creation of a public education collective called PAVE which is the first consortium to have almost all the major players.

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If you're a computer nerd, buy the Tesla model 3

The new blue Tesla Model 3 on delivery

As I posted earlier I purchased a Tesla Model 3, the mid-range version with one motor and autopilot.

There are many reviews of this car out there, so I will go quickly over the common issues to get to areas I can give a special perspective on.

Robocar Year in Review for 2018

The ironic thing is there's comparatively little
to learn from the crash damage.

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Anthony Levandowski, Jiajun Zhu and Dave Furguson, all formerly of Google Car, make big announcements

By coincidence we see two significant announcements today from people who were former leaders on the Google car project, now in their own companies.

A Nuro drives on a public street

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Scooters are so efficient we should fix them, not ban them

Scooters from Lime and Bird have been causing a stir as they move quickly into cities. There's been blowback, because riders travel recklessly, often on sidewalks, and they also leave scooters just lying on the sidewalk, blocking things, because as dockless scooters you can drop them anywhere. Riders are also getting hurt, these are not the safest things to ride.

So cities are striking back, trying to stop, regulate or collect money from these scooter operators.

Re-examining Bitcoin price collapses

Chart of the Bitcoin mining capacity for the last 2 years

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Uber dares to return, Senate pushes law, and query about recharging scooters

Some news items, and then some analysis of the energy needed to reposition and charge all the dockless scooters from Lime and Bird.

Waymo soft launches in Phoenix, but...

Waymo car drives in Tempe

Waymo announced today they will begin commercial operations in the Phoenix area under the name "Waymo One." Waymo has promised that it would happen this year, and it is a huge milestone, but I can't avoid a small bit of disappointment.

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A circuit breaker designed for electric cars to lower costs

A shiny new Tesla, with 15 miles on it

While I was watching a rocket lifting some of my friend's satellites into space from my driveway yesterday, my new electric Tesla car was delivered to that driveway.

To discuss transportation, we must agree on what the goals of a transport system are

Busy Argentine bus stop

People love mass transit. By this, I mean there are a lot of people who, either for historical or emotional reasons, love transit as a good in itself, rather than a means to various ends.

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