AD #1780 – Sidecar Could Sideline Uber, It’s A Plug-In But Don’t Tell Anyone, Autonomous Army Convoys

January 19th, 2016 at 11:57am

Runtime: 7:21

- Sidecar Could Sideline Uber
- Autonomy? It’s Ok, I Guess
- Mon Dieu! Renault Gets Raided
- It’s A Plug-In, But Don’t Tell Anyone
- Autonomous Army Convoys

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21 Comments to “AD #1780 – Sidecar Could Sideline Uber, It’s A Plug-In But Don’t Tell Anyone, Autonomous Army Convoys”

  1. Don B. Says:

    If Ram makes a cargo version of the new van those unused fold and go cavities in the floor could be used for batteries. You could get over 100 mile in EV mode.
    Funny to see a driverless army truck with the wipers going in the rain.

  2. Jon M Says:

    Mon Dieu could very well be an overreaction to VW’s scheme. The French government could possibly harm automakers by creating hype about possible cheating/fraud when in fact none may exist. Of course, the ratings-happy media is only too happy to push speculative headlines to stir up some hype. Renault, for its part, is now having to go into PR crisis mode for potentially no good reason. One company flaunts the law and apparently now all the rest are guilty until proven innocent—but even then may still have to appease investors and the public.

  3. Rob Says:

    I could easily see the trucking industry embracing Autonomy soon for the long hwy portions of hauling, docking at a area so allow a driver to take over for inner city portions.

    As for Chrysler not advertising the plug-in van, Maybe their way of giving the government the finger as it continues to force them to build vehicles that people dont want?
    So we all pay more for the cars we do want because the automakers are building vehicles the government is forcing them to make that very few want.

  4. Grant Fisher Says:

    I think Lincoln should have built the Continential as the prototype. I feel the new Continential body is very conservative and almost “dated looking”.

  5. Lisk Says:

    Jon M) I for one hope the Renault emission issue is hype. If found to be true, this could spell the end of the French auto industry.

  6. gary susie Says:

    I see senior citizens that can’t drive will be able to get out and about and enjoy life more. I believe that autononous cars will be a big hit with them.

  7. Tuck&Roll Says:

    Funny. Army autonomous trucks have active windshield wipers? Who’s looking? Another not needed Govt requirement. Just another taxpayer say’n.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 Maybe some of the cameras are looking through the windshield. It seem possible, or likely.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Maybe Chrysler wants to get attention by advertising 80 mpg for the van, but require reading of the “fine print” to find out how.

  10. pedro fernandez Says:

    No Elio news? I guess even Sean and John realize that this is just some pipe dream going nowhere, slowly

  11. Kit Says:

    10 Reserve yours today for $100.

  12. pedro fernandez Says:

    No thanks, I’d rather use it for the next Powerball. I have a better chance of getting that.

  13. Jon Says:

    Bolt performs excellent…faster than a fiesta st to 60mph in 7 flat and gets 200 miles per charge.

    I only hope gmc gets a cuv version that looks like a Porsche Macan.

    The bolt as it sits right now looks like a weird econobox …somewhat sleek. I’m sure it’s got great aerodynamics but have to admit..I’d give up a few miles of range for a cuv that looked like a Porsche Macan performance cuv…give it taller tires and wheels too…

    I just can’t wrap my head or my heart around the looks of the Chevy bolt…

    I’ll pay ten grand more for AWD and some bad @ss good looks.

    What say you? Will GM ever make such an electric cuv that looks like a sporty cuv ?

    Would it be a simple top hat swap?

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 Yeah, I agree, and I never buy lottery tickets.

  15. pedro fernandez Says:

    #13 Why not? It worked for Prius.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 It looks kind of like a CUV already, at least to me.

    If you make it taller with big wheels, and then add 4wd, it would get pricier, and lose significant range. The 4wd would not only consume extra power, but would eat up some of the space for batteries. To me, it is an appealing vehicle as is, except I wouldn’t have any place to plug it in.

  17. Albemarle Says:

    1) It’s my understanding that Chrysler used the stow-n-go space for the battery on the Pacifica. Middle seats fold and are removable but don’t stow.

    Personally, I feel the back deck of the concept Continental is more appealing than the production version. When comparing one to the other, the production Continental looks a little chopped off and not as elegant. It also appears that they tilted the grill back a bit. That too took a little elegance from the shape. I am undoubtedly showing my age in these comments.

    It will be interesting to see how Lincoln does, as Lincoln seems to be the only prestige car that isn’t beating unnecessarily around the Nurburgring. I am betting it will be successful.

  18. HtG Says:

    That heavy battery in the floor of the Bolt is going to make it a low center of gravity little beast. Less weight shift in turns means better grip, and acceleration and braking should also benefit. I hope they sell Bolt in some funky colors, but I we know there’s a bottomless bucket of Dealer Floorplan Grey in an underground bunker outside Somewhere, Ohio.

  19. Roger T Says:

    13 Jon, it’s a matter of time when e-cars will gain critical mass and I’m personally bullish the Bolt will play an important role towards that. I find the attention to details with interface and interior also innovate irregardless of it being an electric vehicle.
    Think mainstream: electric seats with proper armrest, upright sitting position with chair like ergonomics for legs, and utilitarian capabilities: this is what sells and this is what will be needed for these cars. A tall variant of the Bolt? Maybe, but I think a Pacifica entrant at $35k to $40k would be a more legitimate contender.

  20. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Tuck&roll: autonomous convoys would save lots of lives.Convoys have to contend with IED’s,rocket and motor fire,heavy caliber machine gun fire,and the worst of all,rpgs.Another taxpayer just sayin’.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 The Continental should sell ok, if they price it right. They could learn from Cadillac. The CTS and ATS are very good cars, but people don’t want to pay Benz and BMW prices for them. If they
    try to get $75K for this Lincoln, it won’t sell, but at $50K, it should sell pretty well, if it is any good.