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Slowly moving on... - _Mark_
February 21st, 2012
12:22 am


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Slowly moving on...
Notice something missing?

I haven't hosted a chocolate party in a while, so this won't exactly be a familiar view... but there's no Hummer in this picture :-) As a possible hint of (local) economic recovery, I got two inquiries about it from interested buyers over the course of a few weeks, and since I've really been "done" with it since I got the Mini Convertible it's nice to get out of maintenance mode and hand it off to someone who'll actually use it - having it occupy my driveway just ended up feeling wasteful.

Also, while it was a highly entertaining toy ("Tonka Truck for grown-ups!") especially before I started commuting again, I have to admit to attaching a certain amount of apocalyptic paranoia to it... and yet I've now been to the Berlin Wall in person, seen entirely different narratives take over worldwide attention, and to quote a favorite writer, it's been ... long enough for my early life to now be "period piece." Getting rid of it can perhaps serve as a proxy for some long-overdue moving on.

Besides, if I'm going to implement anything from Prof. Thrun's PROGRAMMING A ROBOTIC CAR class, I'll need a much more modern drive-by-wire platform as a starting point :-)

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Date:February 21st, 2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the Tesla Model S yet? I recommend that as a next step...

What are you doing these days -- still at Nokia?
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Date:February 22nd, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
The S and the X look interesting, but the range isn't there yet, and they're a bit too fancy for commute-only vehicles. (Also the excessively clever use of remote monitoring on the Roadster bothers me, though the footnotes there suggest it can be disabled.) Actually the new Tesla-powered 2012 Toyota Rav4-EV looks a lot more useful, if they ever escape California, or maybe the electric drive SmartCar. (In the next decade, probably the only practical things in this space are going to be plug-in hybrids, though.)

Still at Nokia (which has a lot more to do with the team than the company, which isn't really a surprise :-)

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Date:February 22nd, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
I saw the Model S at a showroom in San Jose last week, and it's a beautiful vehicle, which a surprisingly practical amount of space. The "brick" story is outrageous though -- how do you let a flaw like that get through? Can you imagine if Apple had the same policy?

I'd consider a Model S except that almost all of our driving is distance driving, and we do no commuting. Also we got an Audi Q7 last year (for the dog; the VW Jetta was too small for her...) and we love it.
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Date:February 23rd, 2012 06:04 am (UTC)
Looks like the "medium" battery is just *barely* the Boston to New York run, given optimal (ie. unrealistic) conditions, but the "large" would handle driving down for a weekend, charging overnight, and driving back. I'd have to get the retractable-glass-roof version, since it would mean replacing the Mini as well, and I'm not giving up driving a convertible :-) Something to ponder, anyway.
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