Join Date: May 2016
Location: In a light house on the south Texas coast
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Like the "Cruise Control" that RoBo mentioned, The name is not the problem, its function is not the problem. Its the lack of following the rules that IS the problem...i.e. Driver/Pilot error.
I am both a driver and a pilot and as a pilot, it is well known that you fly the plane from take off to landing (actually from starting the engine till shutting it down). Auto pilot is an instrument to make your flight easier, like ailerons were an instrument to make flying easier than wing warping. BUT it does not relieve you of your job. In two pilot aircraft like airliners,the pilot may getup, but NOT without the co pilot being belted in and in control ! !
I am looking into getting a Tesla next year, maybe. This does not discourage me.
What does discourage me is the lady that answered the phone at the Toyota Mirai website that tried to say that a fuel cell could never be used to power a Tesla because it was NOT a battery. It IS a battery in that it produces electricity from the process of oxygen and hydrogen combining. It can be used with ANY electrically powered device if properly designed and sized. But Toyota is so afraid that someone will steal their market share that they wont even admit to their technology being a battery. The lady said, "If that is what you want to believe". They would not even entertain the thought that a fuel cell of their manufacture might someday power a Tesla. But in talking to Tesla, they readily admitted that a fuel cell would be an upgrade to their EV if it became economical to do it. Toyota will fail and Tesla will succeed. Their attitude will make the difference.
Jim Isbell....2008 Sky Redline
"I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees" Gen Emiliano Zapata