Posted by 01dyna on September 27, 2008, 3:53 pm
On Sat, 27 Sep 2008 08:02:43 -0700 (PDT), ransley
..besides...it's GM. A new owner will be lucky if it doesn't fall
apart a day after it's warranty ends.
Posted by Fat Moe on September 27, 2008, 4:04 pm
It seems like an expensive way to adjust driving habits. We all could
save a lot of gas with some computer controlled equipment on board.
Acceleration rates, top speed, smart climate control. How about car to
car real time information. Yield signs instead of stop signs.
Intelligent stoplights with real time information exchange with
vehicles, intelligent speed control that would automatically set the
speed limit of a car by sending signals to the car's brain and
automatically space the vehicles apart? A lot could be done to level
out the peak demands of power and wasteful braking.
Posted by David Kelly on September 28, 2008, 4:19 am
Fat Moe wrote:
But that would require actual productivity out of The Government.
"Totally New Concept", says Gallagher.
Classic Government believes it can solve all problems with additional
taxes, loose spending without expecting much in return, and additional
regulations. Is totally beyond modern government to innovate and create
a smart road with networked traffic lights. Way too much to expect
government to link automobiles into this network to display hints as to
how to make the next light without stopping.
No way it will happen. The bulk of those who seek employment with the
government (including the NHTSA) hate all forms of personal transportation.
Posted by Gosi on September 28, 2008, 6:55 am
Posted by PerfectReign on September 28, 2008, 1:53 pm
Gosi turned on the Etch-A-Sketch and wrote:
Well, I'm government (local) and cannot stand public transit. I would take
it if I could, but there's just too many negatives.
I did take a bus once, when in university. I tried it out, thinking I could
study on the ride, save gas (at then $.05/gal) and not pay the stupid
university parking pass fees.
One way, for a twenty mile ride to university, took almost two hours.
I gave up immediately.
I did take the train into work on occasion when working in downtown LA as a
contractor. That ride was a little better, but there were still issues - if
I wanted to leave early/late, I was stuck. If the train broke down (which
it did), I was stuck. If I was too late getting to the station, I wasn't
able to find parking and would have to drive.
It was a little easier taking the bus/train while studying in Germany
in '89/90, but even there I had issues. I almost more often preferred to
hitchike for any trip longer than twenty minutes. Also the busride down
the hill from my dorm to the campus would take half an hour. (I could drive
it in five minutes.)
For my current twenty-mile commute to work, I make sure I have an audiobook
in the truck, ready to go. I expect that the half-hour ride is going to be
productive. Since I have no time to read outside of work, I utilize the
time I have in the truck.
Since I have a DVD player, I load one DVD with several dozen audio books (in
mp3 format burned using K3B) and not even have to change the disc for a few
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