AD #2456 – Waymo Logs 10 Million Miles, Ford Fusions Dominate Talladega, A 1,000 Mile Per Hour Car!?

October 15th, 2018 at 12:08pm

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Runtime: 6:46

0:33 Waze Expands Carpool Service
1:04 Waymo Logs 10 Million Miles
1:26 A 1,000 Mile Per Hour Car!?
2:22 Ford Fusions Dominate Talladega
2:53 Epic Battle at IMSA Race
3:39 Torrance Wins 4th NHRA Race in A Row
4:33 Ford Edge ST Fuel Economy Story

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19 Comments to “AD #2456 – Waymo Logs 10 Million Miles, Ford Fusions Dominate Talladega, A 1,000 Mile Per Hour Car!?”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I can’t wait until all these carpools, autonomous and ride-sharing vehicles gets all them excess cars out of my way so I can have more-relaxed driving especially on the interstate. :D sort of

  2. XA351GT Says:

    So someone wants to waste $33 million . What possible practical use could there be for 1000mph car? What roads are capable of handling that speed ? 200MPH supercars are useless on the street and would rarely ever get a chance to reach those speeds on a road course outside of Le mans. The old saying just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

  3. XA351GT Says:

    I wouldn’t count on it Chuck. People say they want mass transit and then when it’s provided rarely will use it if they own a vehicle of their own. Also when your on someone else’s schedule it never works out long term. It always sounds good. The town I live in keeps talking about bringing passenger rail back , but not enough people used it when they had it.

  4. Bob Wilson Says:

    I’m pretty sure there is a Gen-1, Tesla roadster that has the absolute speed record.

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    3, GA, yeah, it was mostly a tongue in cheek comment (though I do lament the lighter traffic of my youth on the interstates of yore). I’m sure there still are interstates that are wide open (delights to drive, just not around my area).

  6. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Sorry, that should have been addressed to XA, not GA. Oh well, no edit (so these things happen).

  7. Barry T Says:

    Here’s the thing I can’t figure out about the predictions of fewer vehicles on the streets. My car may spend time in the garage deprecating 21 hrs/day but it only take space on the road when it’s taking me where I want to go it’s not running around looking for a passenger

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    So when Ford discovers these “things” to improve fuel economy do they not take advantage and place them across the board? If so then the ST models will alway see lesser mpg.

  9. TJWatson59 Says:

    The sound barrier has been broken – back on October 13, 1997 by the British “Thrust SuperSonic” car as it roared across Nevada’s Black Rock Desert at 764.168 mph, or 1.007 percent above the speed of sound, according to the official timekeepers.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 Yeah, but that’s cheating.

  11. Roger t Says:

    7- I too feel that with autonomy there will be actually more cars on road, and more overall miles driven. Fewer car owners – yes, but fewer cars on road – no.
    I figure most cars will also be high mileage, as they driven autonomously they will wear less. This is what will hurt cars sales in my view (higher mileage vehicles)

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 If by “on the streets,” you mean “in existence,” there might be a lot fewer vehicles, like 1/4 as many, but in use 12 hours/day. Also, there might be a lot fewer vehicles parked on the streets.

  13. Lambo2015 Says:

    #12 Yeah unless people carpool you still have the same amount of people trying to get to work or where-ever at the same time. Sure a car can drop them off and then go take another person where they need to go but that just increases the vehicle usage. Plus you have to overcome the standard population growth of .7%, more than 2 million per year just in the US.
    Mass transit is the only thing that will make a significant impact on level of vehicles on the road.

  14. Larry D. Says:

    4 when I saw your comment my first thought was “nonsense, a Bugatti Veyron is WAY faster”, then I saw

    10 and I was reminded to the publicity stunt with the lame song on the SpaceX rocket, but this is not even cheating, it does not qualify because this is about the LAND, not the SPACE speed record.

  15. Larry D. Says:

    9 and as indicated here, you really do not need to do 1,000 MILES an hour to break the sound barrier. 765 is more than enough.

  16. Larry D. Says:

    Today i was a major beneficiary of Autonomy, I drove over to another building and had a free lunch while listening to a request for itty-bitty proposals, up to 150k a year only, from a $13 mill DOT pork grant to 6 universities, (3 good ones, two lesser ones, and a community college) managed from my U.

    I doubt it is worth submitting a proposal, but at least i got a nice turkey sandwich (how appropriate) and a bag of salty chips.

  17. Larry D. Says:

    3 Unless they make major changes to work hours, and have them at all times of day and night, shared cars will never satisfy the demand with any less number of vehicles than are used today. and if they do make changes to work hours, which is a NIGHTMARE, I would pity both those who have to work from 3 AM to 11 AM as well as those who would have to work from 6 PM to 2 AM.

    A far better solution is work from home, which will be more and more feasible, with service tech jobs and connected networks, even for college profs (distance learning courses)

  18. Larry D. Says:

    Hatchet (I meant clueless Hackett) is estimated by wall street types to fire 20,000 of his salaried workers as per his announcement.

    That, and the fact that he is an alumnus and former employee, has led UM to the misguided decision to give this guy, who probably has to take his shoes off to count to 20, an… Honorary PhD!!! Who knows, maybe he also made a big donation to his Alma Mater.

    “the best and the brightest”…NOT!

  19. Lambo2015 Says:

    18 Hopefully its a honorary PhD in liberal arts as in no way should it be related to business or finance. The economy is doing well and car sales are still higher than expected yet he is looking to layoff workers. Seems the board would consider this a direct reflection of his performance.