Bill Rockhold and Bill Paulmenn (@BillPaulmenn) joins Jim (@jcollison) for show #169 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of http://thegeeksnetwork.com/.

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Self-Driving cars

The Promise of the self-drive car.

Safety, convenience.

Smart Cars are “dumb cars”; can’t work in all conditions.

Rain, Sub-par Roads, off-road, complex decisions.

People skills.

Power systems

Hybrid (McLaren P1/ VW XL1 super-diesel hybrid)

Power fill, performance

VW diesel hybrid 250+ mpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLaren_P1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_1-litre_car

Plugin Hybrid (Cadillac ELR/Chevy Volt)

EPA 93 mpg, no range anxiety

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_ELR

Camless engine (Koenigsegg)

SAAB poc car gets 100 mpg with better performance. Can run on any fuel.

http://blog.caranddriver.com/koenigsegg-to-deliver-first-u-s-agera-in-june-working-on-camless-engine/

Electric Drive (Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Tesla Model S)

Range anxiety, MB vehicle dynamics

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2014-mercedes-benz-sls-amg-electric-drive-first-drive-review

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_Model_S

Old Tech Engines.

Gas engines 4+ times more efficient than 30 years ago. 2x mpg with 2x power.

Diesels have match Prius is MPG.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/features/web-originals/the-most-fuel-efficient-car-in-america-is-a-luxury-car

 


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