AD #2199 – 1st Public Test of Drone Taxi, Dyson’s Developing An EV, Ford & Lyft Partner to Test Autonomous Cars

September 27th, 2017 at 11:55am

Runtime: 8:16

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- Ford & Lyft Partner to Test Autonomous Cars
- 1st Public Test of Drone Taxi
- Saudi Arabia Lifts Driving Ban for Women
- Toyota Beefs Up Hybrid Production In The U.S.
- Dyson Confirms It’s Developing An EV
- Tesla Drops Nvidia, Picks Up Intel
- California Considers Engine Ban
- Lexus Updates Its Flagship Sedan

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15 Comments to “AD #2199 – 1st Public Test of Drone Taxi, Dyson’s Developing An EV, Ford & Lyft Partner to Test Autonomous Cars”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    SAUDI ARABIA LIFTS DRIVING BAN FOR WOMEN in June of 2018. So Insurance rates wont double until Aug.. JC

    DYSON CONFIRMS IT’S DEVELOPING AN EV to sweep the competition but initial reviews say the design sucks.

    Sorry couldn’t help myself.

  2. Buzzerd Says:

    Dyson – I hope their car doesn’t suck.

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    So here’s what I don’t quite get, how can start up companies build and sell electric cars and possibly compete with existing large manufactures? Is ” economy of scale” a fable? If a large manufacturer can amortize the cost of R and D of their electric car over many models and use existing platforms or at the very least parts- brakes, windows, wheels, seats… should they not have a huge cost advantage?

  4. wmb Says:

    Love the new look of LS. As much as the grill is bemoaned, IMHO, on their passenger cars and the NX cuv, it is very attractive! On the RX and SUV’s, though, fugly is much to kind a word to describe them. The grill especially looks nice on the ES sedan, in my personal opinion. If Lexus can figure out a way to graft this grill on to the redesign of their SUV’s, in proportion to the size of the vehicle, they may have something here. But if the look of the new RX is anything to go by, the rest of their SUV line up may get worst before they get better!

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Well let’s welcome Saudi Arabia into the 20th century; I still think they have a ways to go to get to the 21th (century).

    If Dyson maintains its goal of an E.V. car, and they maintain the same pricing policies they enjoy for their vacuums, make way for a very expensive vehicle. (Their vacuums are good but not three times the cost good; let’s see how they make out with the auto.)

  6. Barry T Says:

    I have to wonder does Bob Lutz cut his own hair? He’s always entertaining, to be sure.

  7. Lambo2015 Says:

    Buzzard I have wondered the same thing as autonomy has also gotten many companies like Apple and Google interested in developing a car. One thing Dyson could do is make a three wheeled EV which would minimize allot of the FS testing requirements for crash and safety. Falling under the “motorcycle classification they can skip airbags and ABS types of mandates. But Dyson being a premium brand I would expect their car will also be high-end with all the bells and whistles.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It seems that EV’s are now like gas cars were about 65-90 years ago. Everyone wants to build them. There were tens, or hundreds of American car companies in the 1920′s, but nearly all were gone by the mid 1930′s. Then, in the ’40′s and ’50′s, appliance maker Crosley, and aluminum maker Kaiser decided to get into cars. It seems that actual car companies have done better, over the long term.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The “drone taxi” is cool, but I suspect any actual use would be limited to those who can afford, and are willing to pay about $1000 for a two mile ride.

  10. MJB Says:

    Those wheel haunches on the new LS give it too much of a Nissan Maxima feel to me. Begins to cheapen it (at least in photographs). It think they should have kept it ‘slab-sided’. They’ve got plenty of expression in the grille and tail lights. No need to get all jazzy with the contour lines of the car.

    Love the grille, btw.

    On the interior, I can’t help but be reminded of the dash of a 1960 Eldorado when I look at those horizontal lines running the width of the dash.

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  12. Kate McLeod Says:

    I’m pretty optimistic about a Dyson EV and I bet there will be a lot of consumer interest among those who do view a car as an appliance. They exist. They do.

  13. omegatalon Says:

    Tree-huggers are liars as they scream and shout when Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord yet they demonstrated their unwillingness to move to EV as Chevrolet sold just 2,107 of their Bolt EV while Toyota sold over 37,000 Camrys in August 2017 as this should demonstrate that these individuals are not as committed to electric vehicles or Bolt sales would be over 10,000 units per month.

  14. omegatalon Says:

    Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense contractor might get into the autonomous VTOL business as the company has already been working on autonomous VTOL aircraft and vehicles for the US military; thus, if there’s a market for autonomous VTOL, Lockheed Martin may enter the market. (Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace developed the K-Max for the US)

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    Kit I agree that autonomy and EV’s have opened the automotive market to other companies whos main focus was on battery or electronic (autonomy) technology. However when they start to realize the R&D costs involved and government mandates involved in brining a car to market, I would suspect many will be looking to partner with an established automaker. No different than when Ford and GM were buying powertrains from Isuzu and Yamaha. I would be really surprised to see any new players of any significance enter the market. I mean look at all the money being dumped into Tesla to support EV’s. How many more start-ups will the government (I mean tax payers)support?