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rush hour adaptive cruise control Q&A Review

With the high cost of a Tesla, why is it a popular buy with car buyers?

As one of those who paid the price for the early version of the Model 3, I will respond with my personal reasons. While I did not have the price of a Model S or X, nor did I need a car that big, the Model 3 Long Range is the most marvelous car I have ever had. I might mention that my very first car, a new 1965 VW Fastback had the same range as the Tesla. 300+ miles, because it had a 10 gallon tank and got 30 miles to the gallon. The Model 3 gets a range as good as its larger siblings with a battery pack 3/4 the size, It is the most efficient car I have ever owned, yet it is far more luxurious, far more fast and powerful, and far safer than any other car I have owned as well. When I got my first car, I suffered car payments for the first time and with this car I can expect to suffer them for the last time in my life. It should last that long given how simple the drive train is. Then there are the things it can do now that any ICE vehicle in its class cannot do. I bought the Autopilot package, which not only can steer itself in its highway lane without my input, a “lane assist, adaptive cruise-control” that works better than any other car that has that feature, it knows what the speed limit is wherever it is, can change lanes by itself if i ask it to, and with the recent over the air upgrades, can take me through several different expressways, knowing its way and proper speeds through the interchanges to my GPS destination offramp. In time it will be able to do it from door to door obeying stop signs and traffic signals. It also has enough sensors for full self driving, meaning that when I can no longer drive myself, it can do it for me. At this time, I fully appreciate that rush hour driving annoys me far less with its automatic stop and go with the flow of the traffic. I merely have to supervise it while enjoying the wonderful sound system it has. Those are my reasons. Others who bought the car love its other attributes, of which there are many I have not covered. The cost of one has just dropped into the middle of the comparable price range for the most basic version, so perhaps your question is a bit late.

A Honda car starts from rest and attains a uniform speed of 60km/hr in 30 minutes. How far has the car traveled in half an hour?

Cruise control was an option 20 years ago. 0 to 60 in 30 minutes? Are you driving in rush hour traffic? Took me an hour to drive 18 miles from Kendall north to Miami on the Florida Turnpike just yesterday. (I was in a 2019 Freightliner Cascadia dragging a 53′ reefer trailer) thankfully it has adaptive cruise control so I never had to touch the brake or the accelerator pedal once to maintain a 3.5 second following distance.

What is the harsh reality of self-driving cars?

I’m not sure becuase I don’t own one, but I will say this. I have an Infinity with Adaptive Cruise Control. I used it on a trip to travel about 100 miles. I counted the number of times it had to slow down becuase of other drivers. I was on a three lane highway in the left lane doing about 75. On the initial trip it slowed 18 times, on the return trip later in the afternoon closer to rush hour, 47 times. Talk about wasting gas. It was accordion driving becuase of everyone else in front of me. Should I have been doing 85–90 in a 65 MPH zone? My point is other drivers and whatever they’re attitude is, is a real problem. I was changing lanes to let the faster drivers get ahead but it was an eye opener. So we’ll have to wait and see. As far as adaptive cruise, it’s nice, but it sure shows how badly everyone else around you is. Too often, there’s unnecessary lane changes. It also showed my SO that all the cursing I was doing was almost justifiable, not that it needed justification, I was in a car, duh.

What is your opinion of pickup trucks as a daily driver vehicle?

I drive a Ford F-450 every day. With the adaptive cruise control, rush hour isn’t too bad. I generally don’t have much trouble merging into traffic as cars tend to move out of the way. I’ve used an F-150, F-250, and now the F-450 as daily drivers. The F-150 was no different than a car. It also fits in most, if not all, parking garages in Texas. The 250 could squeeze into some of them. With the 450, no way. Even if I can fit in and not hit the roof reminder tube, if the engineers don’t calculate the height on the ramps I can be in real trouble when one set of wheels is on an incline and the other is on flat ground. The wheelbase is about 15 feet. Also, managing the turns with the length of the truck can be a challenge. My office building gives me a reserved parking space in the visitor lot, so parking is easy at work. I have a deal with the surface parking lot outside the courthouse. Even if they are full, I can leave it in the middle of an isle and give the attendant my keys. It may be counter-intuitive, but my 450 is easier to park than my short bed 250 was due to the extra cameras and the wider front axle. The 450 wheel cut is 45 degrees where the 250 was 34 degrees. If I have to go somewhere without good surface parking, I take my wife’s CLS-550.

Do you trust the “driver-assist” features of today’s new cars?

I have a Subaru Forester with adaptive cruise control. It’s our “road trip” vehicle. There’s a couple of issues but overall it makes the car much safer and long drives easier. One issue is the cameras will turn themselves off if the sun blinds them, usually that can happen driving east in the morning or west in the evening. I drove through Raleigh about 15 miles during rush hour on the belt line (Interstate 440) with the cruise control set to the speed limit (60mph). It was stop and go traffic with an average speed of about 40mph. I didn’t touch the brake or accelerator the entire way. A couple of times the car came to a complete stop and then resumed when the traffic moved. Very nerve racking to do however.

What if a car could stop itself?

Actually, cars can already stop on their own. My 2017 Kia Sorento has Adaptive Cruise Control which slows down the vehicle if the car in front of me goes slower. It will even come to a complete stop if the situation warrants it. This was a feature that I totally wrote off as frivolous in the past. After using it for the past year, it is now a must have. I no longer get upset in stop and go traffic and during rush hour. It is amazing how much less frustrating it is to slow down if you don’t have to hit the brakes and then hit the accelerator again. Get in touch with your inner zen and give this a try.

What’s a good car for £100,000?

So there’s a game that I usually play with a bunch of friends of mine that ask pretty much that same question, “What 3 cars should I get for less than $150′000 each” Usually we end up trying to figure out which purposes we’re looking to get a vehicle. The first is usually the people carrier, the one that you drive around and make sure that everybody is comfortable. For that I usually pick the Porsche Cayenne Turbo Extremely comfortable cruiser with adaptive cruise control which allows you to properly drive from A to B without really having to worry much about the traffic around you. The lane keep assist is very forgiving and will prevent you to make some major mistakes. Please note of course this is no Autopilot, but very very nice whenever you’re in rush hour traffic. The sound dampening is very nice and of course because it’s a Porsche with the Turbo model you have a 4.2 second 0–60. Next up is the “Fun Car” or the car that you drive because you love driving. My favorite car in this segment is the BMW M6. The BMW m6 drives like a dream, has enough room for your groceries and golf clubs in the back, and of course (with optional extras) will allow you to have one of the best exhaust notes in the market (please note this is my subjective opinion). Last up is the flashy car, the car that you have to show off that you have the money, that one car that looks amazing and stops everybody dead in their tracks. Since you’re in the 100k range, not the 200k range, unless you get a used one you wouldn’t be able to get a R8 or something of the kind. Instead I would buy a new Aston Martin Vantage This car is a tuxedo with an engine. Besides transporting James Bond, it loves to sound amazing and will turn heads wherever you go. Of course this car isn’t all looks, 420 horsepower in a tuned v8 will make your trips very expedited.

How is Volkswagen Tiguan? Is it worth buying that car?

I own a new model Tiguan (sep 2016 delivery) with the 2 liter petrol engine, 180hp, and 4 motion all wheel drive, dsg 7 speed double clutch gearbox, and pretty much most options. I bought it to replace a Volkwagen Touareg that I’ve owned for 12 years. The main reason I bought it is because it is pretty much the only vehicle in it’s class with 2500kg towing capacity. BMW X3, Mercedes GLC, Volvo XC60, Seat Ateca all are limited to 2100kg. A two-horse trailer with two horses comes in at about 2400kgs. I’ve used the horse trailer, and the 4WD system to good effect in muddy fields. Although the Tiguan is a much more nimble, faster and lighter car than the Touareg, it is almost as big inside. Since my kids have grown up, I actually don’t need the full size SUV. Mine has all the modern driving aids and most options. I’ve driven 36019 km with the car up until today (Aug 22nd, 2017). Had one long life service, primarily an oil change at 30000 kms. Pro: Fuel economy: 12,49 km/l over its lifetime, but the last 3 months averaging at 13,4 km/l or 7,2 l / 100 km — however, I drive mostly in economy mode Great towing capacity for size of car; Excellent handling and comfort; Full LED dynamic lighting, digital dash display, HUD, Digital Audio Broadcasting… excellent; Wonderful panorama roof; Drives itself in stop-and-go traffic. Keeps in lane, keeps distance, and brakes to full stop and accelerates. Really useful if you drive a lot during rush hour. Cons: The collision avoidance system occasionally alerts too easily / soon; Until the first software update, some advanced systems did not work correctly (the speed sign recognition system, the handsfree tail liftgate), or occasionally showed intermittent faults (the adaptive cruise control). These have all been resolved; All in all, I am very happy with the purchase, and would recommend it.

What are the miracles of power system engineering?

"THREE GORGES DAM" Situated in China, the Three Gorges Dam on River Yangtze is used for power generation, power control and navigation purposes. Opened in 2008, this hydroelectric dam is the World's largest power station in terms of its installed capacity - 22,500 MW (mega-watts). It became fully functional on July 4, 2012, except for the ship lift which was expected to be operational by 2015. The ship lift is a kind of elevator for vessels weighing up to 3,000 tons.Three Gorges Dam is also the second largest hydroelectric facility in annual energy generation. It is an example of historical engineering with state-of-the-art large turbines. Each main water turbine has a capacity of 700 MW and weigh about 6,000 tonnes each. The dam uses 4,63,000 tonnes of steel (enough to build as many as 63 Eiffel Towers).Did you know that upon completion, the Three Gorges Dam changed the speed of rotation of the Earth? It holds about 39 trillion kilograms of water 175 meters above sea level. NASA calculated that since the dam has been built, each day is 0.6 microseconds slower than before. It might not make much difference to us but it is still a mind-boggling fact.s Electrical engineers have not stopped planning bigger miracles in the field of Power Systems Engineering. The proposed Grand Inga Dam in Congo is expected to have a capacity of 39,000 MW (about twice the capacity of the Three Gorges Dam). Penzhin Tidal Power Plant in Russia is another proposal with an installed capacity of 87 GW. "AVATAR" AVATAR (Aerobic Vehicle for Transatmospheric Hypersonic Aerospace TrAnspoRtation) is manned single-stage reusable spaceplane (or hyperplane) which will be able to make horizontal takeoff and landing. It is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and is expected to be a model for low-cost military and commercial satellite space launches, and space tourism.The first phase of scaled-down tests for AVATAR is planned for 2015 while the first manned AVATAR flight is planned for 2025. The challenge for electrical engineers working on a space shuttle is to make sure that all its electrical systems keep operating for about two decades without any maintenance in the hostile environment of space.Key electrical engineering systems on board a satellite include power supply (based on solar energy), its intelligence (located in its processor and memory systems), complex control system (that includes sensors and actuators), telecommunication system (to exchange commands and signals with the ground), and a navigation system.AVATAR is expected to be a ground-breaking piece of work for electrical engineers. "ELECTRIC CARS" An electric car is a light-weight urban car which runs using one or more electric motors, which uses electrical energy stored in batteries. It gives instant torque and smooth acceleration.BMW i3, launched in 2014, has been certified by the EPA as the most fuel-efficient vehicle. Thei3 REx has a combined fuel economy of 29 kW-hrs per 100 miles. BMWi3 is the first zero-emission mass-produced vehicle which uses electric power train. It has won 2 World Car of the Year Awards this year, which include 2014 World Green Car of the Year, and 2014 World Car Design of the Year. It also won an iF Product Design Gold Award and 2 of the first UK Car of the Year Awards, which include UK Car of the Year 2014, and Best Super-mini of 2014. "WORLD'S SMALLEST MICROCHIP THAT YOU CAN SWALLOW" Kinetis KI02 is the world’s smallest ARM-powered chip – a Microelectronics wonder. Manufactured by Freescale Semiconductors, it measures just 2 x 2 x 0.5 millimeters (about as large as two ants side-by-side). This microchip is a full microcontroller unit in itself with a 4 KB RAM, 32 KB flash memory, a 32-bit 48 MHz ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, a low-power UART and a 12-bit analog to digital converter. A complete tiny computer that can be swallowed! This microchip is a breakthrough in itself – especially for modern medicine.There are several other uses proposed for Kinetis KI02. MCU in shoes can let you know how many steps you have walked a day while plumbing MCU can let you know instantly about a leaking pipe – all through a watch or may be an iPhone app (just like the Tile tracker for your car keys and other important items that you frequently misplace). "ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL" Cars equipped with adaptive cruise control (ACC) technology are intelligent enough to slow down and speed up automatically to keep up with the car in front of you – preventing collisions. ACC allows drivers to set a maximum speed. A radar sensor watches the traffic ahead of the car, locks on to the car ahead in the lane, and drivers can set the car to stay behind by a particular period of time (2,3 or 4 seconds) or particular distance. Often, adaptive cruise control is paired with a pre-crash system that issues alerts and starts braking whenever it senses danger ahead.Ideal for stop-and-go traffic and rush-hour commuting, the ACC systems are available from $2,500 to as low as just $500. They typically use radars at a frequency band different than police radars (to avoid triggering radar detectors). Full-range Adaptive Cruise Control systems use two radars – one that sees up to 100 feet and other that sees up to 600 feet. However, newer ones are able to use a single radar system.A much-coveted safe driving feature, cars with autonomous cruise control are ideal for long trips. Premium car manufacturers such as BMW, Audi, Ford, Honda and Hyundai are selling cars with ACC systems.Till now, ACC systems do not use satellite support, roadside infrastructure or cooperative support from other vehicles. It is mostly based on on-board sensors only - an example of Control Engineering at its best. "CUBOX-I" CuBox-i, the world’s smallest computer is one of the most powerful mini-computer that can replace a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, a desktop, and possibly even streaming devices like an Apple TV or Roku. Made by SolidRun, these energy-efficient low-cost tiny computers are sleek and elegant. It has jam-packet ports panel, a subtle logo and is just 2-inch long, thick and high.Offering industry’s Price Power Performance Ratio (P3R), CuBox-i price starts at just $45. CuBox-i has solo, dual or quad i.MX6 Cortex A9 ARM processors (up to 1.2GHz each), up to 2 GB DDR-3 RAM, ARMv7 instruction set including NEON extension support, HDMI 1080p output, Infra-red receiver and transmitter, microSD for operating system storage etc.Epitome of simplicity, CuBox-i devices are made of highest quality materials and use an open source software platform. "3-D MEMORY" Chip makers such as Samsung, Micron, and SK Hynix readily lapped up the 3D revolution. 3D memories are of two types – NAND flash memory type which is non-volatile and holds on to information even when it is powered down, and Hybrid Memory Cube which stacks DRAM and adds layer of logic to boost speed.In NAND, memory designers layer cells straight to alleviate scaling issues and boost density. It is made with a 30- to 40-nanometer process, has bigger cells and more electrons.In HMC, focus is not on storage of memory but in dynamic RAM. It is faster than the ordinary DRAM chip and off-loads most of the processing responsibility to the high-speed logic chip stack atop DRAM, connected using thousands of copper wires called through-silicon vias (TSVs). "IVANPAH SOLAR THERMAL POWER PLANT" Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System situated in the Mojave Desert in California is the World’s largest solar power plant. An engineering marvel in itself, Ivanpah uses over 3,00,000 mirrors (heliostats) to reflect heat and light from the Sun onto boilers atop three of the towers here. Each of these towers is 150 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty.As water in the towers gets heated, steam is created and moves turbines. This produces enough clean and green electricity to power up 1,40,000 homes (about 392 megawatts).From a distance, mirrors look like a lake in the middle of a desert which is about four times larger than the Central Park in the New York City. 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If electric cars have more torque and HP than petrol cars, why do car enthusiasts still prefer internal combustion engine cars?

I love driving and I love electric cars. The instant torque and quick braking that comes from regenerative braking is just delicious. I love to hear the wind and tires wishing over the road. The sound of a roaring V8 doesn’t impress me. To me it just sounds like high maintenance drama. They are fun… to drive. But owning them is a pain in the ass that’s just not worth it. Forget getting stuck in traffic. There are some hardened automobile enthusiasts who will not get manual transmissions just because of traffic. I drive a Bolt EV and it is a blast to drive. It’s the least annoying car I’ve driven in rush hour traffic and it absolutely sings on the curvy back roads. If it had adaptive cruise control (ACC) it would be absolutely perfect. But, even without ACC electric cars just handle stop and go traffic so much better than ICEs. Being such a car enthusiast that loves electric cars I can completely understand why car enthusiasts don’t prefer electric cars. Long story short: the cars just don’t exist yet. Right, now one of the biggest issues with electric cars is selection. There are no cars at the price point and performance that most enthusiasts like. When I personally talk to people who genuinely like electric cars one of the biggest reasons they don’t drive electric is because there are no models they like. The future of electrification will not just be in terms of range or charging infrastructure but, choice. There will need to be trucks, SUVs and muscle cars. Right now the only choice that drivers have are compacts and full size luxury sedans. And right now electric cars are too slow. I don’t mean in terms of acceleration I mean in overall speed. Most electric cars are electronically speed limited to roughly 90 mph, depending on the model. For most drivers this may be enough but, for enthusiasts who like to go to the track this may be too little. Even Teslas that have 700 horsepower top out at 150 mph. And it’s a shame that there are no electric cars for enthusiasts because the potential is definitely there. There are many car enthusiasts have taken it upon themselves to fill in the gap that the auto industry has left behind. Small companies like EV West, Bloodshed Motors modify ICE cars into electric cars that have the muscle that enthusiasts want. They often cite torque as their biggest motivator. Car companies like NIO and Rimac are founded on the premise that electric cars just make better performance cars. If someone were to sell an electric with 300 hp under $40,000 you will start to see car enthusiasts get enthusiastic about electric cars. We have already seen plenty of enthusiasts pick up Tesla Model S we may see more enthusiasts endorsing electrification once the Model 3 becomes more widely available. There are cars that could convert more enthusiasts if they were ever produced. Renault developed the Zoe e sport purely as a concept but, if they ever produced it would destroy similar ICEs with it’s 0-60 time of 2.3 seconds. Like wise if GM ever adds a second motor to the Chevy Bolt (which is already a bit of a monster) and removes the speed limiter there is another likely road monster that enthusiasts could get behind.