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Google Autonomous Car Round-Up

Google, those scamps that know everything about you, have, over the last couple of days gone all press crazy with the release of various bits of PR relating to its new baby autonomous car. Or e-car. I think. This post will be a short round up of what the various news sources have been saying, along with some videos by Google themselves.

First up, the Conservative party’s megaphone, the Daily Telegraph, and a piece that is not only pro, but, in a slightly back-handed way, questions the validity of the HS-2 rail project.

‘It changes, too, even the biggest infrastructure projects: HS2 may go very fast, but so can cars and these ones will pick you up from where you are and take you where you need to be, slashing total travelling time.’

Fair point.


The BBC, with a fairly bland piece, explain the in’s and out’s…


This is google themselves, taking the safety angle. Really this is the most obvious thing to talk about, because no matter how many people-caused traffic deaths we experience, something involving a machine is always going to seem that bit more difficult to articulate.


The Guardian, have done a bare bones report, but through the New York Times, address why there are no controls.


The indefatigable Jalopnik have not only covered the news, but posed a QOTD. Interesting angle, really. Getting to the centre of what people think about something is often about fear or happiness.


Car don’t seem to be interested. Autocar, on the other hand, straight from the typing fingers of Lewis Kingston have written what is probably the most simple and informative piece of them all.


But then something funny happened. Looking for a laugh I rolled up to the that supplier of fear and hate, the Daily Mail. And do you know what? Actually, it is them who have done the best job. Comments section still makes for entertaining reading, though…

Seen anything else that’s grabbed you? Comment below.


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Electric Car Subsidies Are Here To Stay Says Man Who Hangs Around The Tory Party.


By Tim Smith

Speaking to the Conservative Party’s megaphone, The Daily Telegraph, Nick Clegg announced to middle England that electric cars are here to stay, Ok?

Venturing out to the Ace Cafe, somewhat holy ground for men of a certain age who ride/rode motorbikes, Nick Clegg stated that the current £5000 government subsidy on Electric cars is here to stay, saying ‘There is no date in the diary’ for an end to the strategy.

He went on to add that the government (that is, the tax payer) will invest ‘£9 million’. I can’t help but read that in Del-boy’s voice.

It’s an interesting position to be in, this. You see, also in the piece, Suzanne Gray, Head of BMW ‘i’ in the UK (I think that means she’s head of PR for ‘i’, although, as always, I’m willing to be wrong) states that ‘if you stopped subsidies at the end of 2015, then the market will suddenly dry up’.

In other words, even the best, the champions for this new electric age, know the hoi palloi aren’t ready to accept electric cars.

I guess that would mean they would have to be ready to accept that climate change is happening, and that Homo-sapien are the cause. That doesn’t seem to be the case.

It is interesting to note, though, that Prof Michael Marmot said on the Today programme, erm, today, regarding Cancer prevention that ‘We know it’s close to useless to lecture people about living healthily’.


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