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All to say, “self-driving” technology has been around for a while, and keeps improving, particularly in “geo-fenced” areas or highways that are precisely mapped... but unlimited replacement of human drivers is not there yet.

There was something on NPR a few days ago about a company that has started testing self-driving 18 wheelers on highways.  They see programming for major highways much simpler than for minor roads.

Their approach is for their trucks to drive themselves the majority of the time on highways and then have remote drivers take over and drive the surface roads from 'cubicles'.  Much like how drones are flown.
...

Here’s one example:
https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/28/starsky-robotics-autonomous-transport-trucks-also-give-drivers-remote-control/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Build, Baby, Build. In Fact, Overbuild.
« on: April 19, 2018, 06:47:14 PM »
... What I've modeled, if implemented (and I've made no significant error), would eliminate the high cost some consumers in California encounter.  Five cents plus five more for distribution plus a couple more cents to administer the grid would bring CA electricity rates to about the twelve cent US average.  It probably would not make economic sense to install behind the meter storage, or solar, if electricity was that inexpensive.

But there are backup generators galore today, for hospitals, pumps, server farms....
Future needs will depend not just on grid energy cost, but criticality of the service, stability of the grid, frequency of severe weather that cuts grid power, etc.  The beauty of smart grid-tied storage backup (instead of diesel generators) is that even if the power never goes out, the batteries can be “used” by the grid for stabilization — and make money for the owner!

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: April 19, 2018, 06:20:50 PM »
Despite Puero Rico’s recent “island-wide black out,“ Tesla tweets they have installed hundreds of battery and solar projects supplying energy.

“We currently have over 1,000 Tesla batteries on the ground in Puerto Rico delivering power at 662 locations. We’re working around the clock to quickly build more projects to support the island ”
https://twitter.com/Tesla/status/986760828882792448
Images below.

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As we previously reported, some of those locations include very critical services.

For example, Tesla deployed a series of Powerpack systems on the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra for a sanitary sewer treatment plant, the Arcadia water pumping station, the Ciudad Dorada elderly community, the Susan Centeno hospital, and the Boys and Girls Club of Vieques.

Furthermore, the automaker’s energy division also deployed a solar+battery system at a hospital in Puerto Rico. ...
https://electrek.co/2018/04/18/tesla-powerwall-powerpack-puerto-rico-blackout-elon-musk/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: April 19, 2018, 03:57:56 PM »
Latest power outage in Puerto Rico.

Tesla batteries are currently live & delivering power at 662 locations in Puerto Rico. Team is working 24/7 to activate several hundred more.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/986746909153869824

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As we previously reported, some of those locations include very critical services.

For example, Tesla deployed a series of Powerpack systems on the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra for a sanitary sewer treatment plant, the Arcadia water pumping station, the Ciudad Dorada elderly community, the Susan Centeno hospital, and the Boys and Girls Club of Vieques.

Furthermore, the automaker’s energy division also deployed a solar+battery system at a hospital in Puerto Rico.

Tesla shipped a few hundred more Powerwalls to Puerto Rico and sent technicians from all over the US to install them.

According to Musk, the effort resulted in 662 projects and there are more underway. ...
https://electrek.co/2018/04/18/tesla-powerwall-powerpack-puerto-rico-blackout-elon-musk/


Puerto Rican officials met with Tesla early on after the storm, to identify the most urgent needs.
From Oct 2017:
Tesla starts shipping Powerpacks to Puerto Rico
https://electrek.co/2017/10/15/tesla-powerpacks-puerto-rico/

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Here’s a longread on the critical nature of autonomous driving data, from The Verge:

HOW TESLA AND WAYMO ARE TACKLING A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR SELF-DRIVING CARS: DATA
https://www.theverge.com/transportation/2018/4/19/17204044/tesla-waymo-self-driving-car-data-simulation


Tesla recently sent out a software update that included a request to gather anonymous video clips from the car:

Tesla Autopilot starts collecting videos from Model 3’s cameras in push for self-driving data
https://electrek.co/2018/04/18/tesla-autopilot-model-3-video-camera-self-driving-data/

Here’s some examples of what Tesla’s latest Autopilot update can do:
Tesla Autopilot keeps impressing owners with its latest software update
https://electrek.co/2018/03/19/tesla-autopilot-software-update-videos/



And for comparison, here’s what “a guy in his garage” came up with a couple years ago.  It was usable for one car model, which he meant to be offered for sale to the public, but he ran into governmental safety requirements:

George ‘geohot’ Hotz revives his aftermarket Tesla Autopilot-like product, releases new teaser
https://electrek.co/2016/11/30/george-hotz-aftermarket-tesla-autopilot-comma-one/

Geohot Takes On Tesla Autopilot From His Garage
https://cleantechnica.com/2015/12/19/geohot-takes-tesla-autopilot-garage/



All to say, “self-driving” technology has been around for a while, and keeps improving, particularly in “geo-fenced” areas or highways that are precisely mapped... but unlimited replacement of human drivers is not there yet.

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2018
« on: April 19, 2018, 01:33:37 PM »
But not quite the entire island.

“Tesla batteries are currently live & delivering power at 662 locations in Puerto Rico. Team is working 24/7 to activate several hundred more. ”
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/986746909153869824

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As we previously reported, some of those locations include very critical services.

For example, Tesla deployed a series of Powerpack systems on the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra for a sanitary sewer treatment plant, the Arcadia water pumping station, the Ciudad Dorada elderly community, the Susan Centeno hospital, and the Boys and Girls Club of Vieques.

Furthermore, the automaker’s energy division also deployed a solar+battery system at a hospital in Puerto Rico. ...
https://electrek.co/2018/04/18/tesla-powerwall-powerpack-puerto-rico-blackout-elon-musk/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Build, Baby, Build. In Fact, Overbuild.
« on: April 19, 2018, 01:25:24 PM »
Great post. Note another obvious use for the extra electricity is desalination.
I do think that it's better to include some storage in the calculation, including hydro dams that can fill some of the "holes" in the coverage. The no storage assumption is severe.

Thanks for crunching the numbers, Bob!
I agree that storage will become a big player over the next several years.  But I’m thinking of the rising popularity of batteries, both at a utility scale and residential grid-tied, in addition to smart EV charging.  Which only makes these numbers seem that much more feasible.

Edit:
Not just “popular.”  Mandated! ;)

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/california-puc-finalizes-new-500-mw-btm-battery-storage-mandate/441901/

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Oregon State is running a survey on people’s feelings about autonomous cars, should you wish to participate:  http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3CQwgWUjucRruG9

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2018
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:20:19 PM »
Puerto Rico loses power island-wide for first time since Hurricane Maria hit U.S. territory
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the U.S. territory struggles with an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power to more than 1.4 million customers as outrage grew across the island about the state of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority.
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Angel Figueroa, president of a union that represents power company workers in Puerto Rico, said it appears that a failure on a main line caused the island's entire electrical grid to shut down to protect itself.

Rivera said he worries that such serious power outages are still occurring as the new Atlantic hurricane season, which starts on June 1, approaches.

"If there's a slight storm, we're going to be worse off than we are right now," he said. ...
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/puerto-rico-loses-power-island-wide-hurricane-maria-us/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Becoming Vegan.
« on: April 18, 2018, 06:17:36 PM »
Beyond Meat just debuted their new Beyond Sausage.

The ingenuity, effort and energy deployed to pretend we have not gone vegan...It is so illogical; why would one want to create a more or less faithful simulacrum of that which one has voluntarily foregone?

Only a small percentage of people are already vegan.  The main customer for this product will be meat-eaters sampling or attempting to trend in the vegan direction.

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Tesla is in a much better place. All Musk has to do is make sure he does not spread himself too thinly - someone needs to tell him again and again - "Mars can wait!"

Musk has said the only reason for him to continue accumulating wealth is to fund his Mars mission. So, consider it another of his motivations for assuring Tesla is a long-term success. ;)

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EVs:  not just for rich snobs anymore.

VW’s Electrify America partners with Walmart for the deployment of its ‘ultra-fast’ charging stations
https://electrek.co/2018/04/18/vw-electrify-america-walmart-ultra-fast-charging-stations/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Becoming Vegan.
« on: April 18, 2018, 05:01:53 PM »
Beyond Meat just debuted their new Beyond Sausage.

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Despite having no meat, gluten, soy, or GMO ingredients, the sausage gets its pork-like flavor, juiciness, and texture from the protein extracted from peas, fava beans, and rice plus color from beets and juiciness from coconut oil. Weaving those ingredients together using heat and pressure (to mimic the fibers of meat), the ground protein is all wrapped up in a casing “derived from algae” to keep it all vegan. Each link contains 16 grams of protein (two grams more than pork sausage) and 43 percent less fat than your standard pork sausage. Whoa. ...
https://www.brit.co/beyond-meat-sausage-review/

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How about looking like toads?  The extending charge arm could be made to look like tongues.

 And people laughed at Elon‘s planned supercharger site with a drive-in restaurant and movie clips, and servers on rollerskates.  (Which is has had permits approved for, by the way!)

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Kickass email from Elon to the troops!  Production going 24/7 with a new shift, hiring 400 per week for a few weeks. Focus on quality and profit as quantity increases; suppliers need to prove they can build 6,000/week no later than June 30.

Tesla Model 3 production aims for 6,000 units per week in June after upgrade in May – ~5,000 with margin of error, says Elon Musk
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In an email to employees today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained that the reason for the Model 3 production shutdown in Fremont and Gigafactory 1 is to prepare to increase production.

He explained that they are now aiming for a production of 6,000 units per week across all production processes and suppliers in order to achieve 5,000 units per week in June after accounting for a margin of error. ...

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... Starting today at Giga and tomorrow at Fremont, we will be stopping for three to five days to do a comprehensive set of upgrades. This should set us up for Model 3 production of 3000 to 4000 per week next month.

Another set of upgrades starting in late May should be enough to unlock production capacity of 6000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of June. Please note that all areas of Tesla and our suppliers will be required to demonstrate a Model 3 capacity of ~6000/week by building 850 sets of car parts in 24 hours no later than June 30th.

Any Tesla department or supplier that is unable to do this will need to have a very good explanation why not, along with a plan for fixing the problem and present that to me directly. If anyone needs help achieving this, please let me know as soon as possible. We are going to find a way or make a way to get there.
...
https://electrek.co/2018/04/17/tesla-model-3-production-goal-6000-units-per-week/
Full email (it’s long!) at the link.

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What I found most interesting is the “much smaller cable cross-section than the traditional high-powered cable option. These cooled cables are thinner, more flexible, lighter and easier to handle.”

But really, how much longer do we need to make chargers look like gas pumps::)

VW’s Electrify America unveils 4 different ultra-fast charging stations for its massive network
https://electrek.co/2018/04/17/vw-electrify-america-ultra-fast-charging-stations/


If we made them look like chipmunks people would just laugh.
Terry

 ;D  Perfect!  I’d argue that’s exactly what we need more of, these days!  ;D

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What I found most interesting is the “much smaller cable cross-section than the traditional high-powered cable option. These cooled cables are thinner, more flexible, lighter and easier to handle.”

 But really, how much longer do we need to make chargers look like gas pumps?  ::)

VW’s Electrify America unveils 4 different ultra-fast charging stations for its massive network
https://electrek.co/2018/04/17/vw-electrify-america-ultra-fast-charging-stations/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Recycling to Reduce Oil Consumption
« on: April 17, 2018, 06:02:59 PM »
My first thought upon hearing of this latest development was to speculate on what the effect on our society would be if the enzyme were to be taken up by bacteria, spread around the planet and break down all forms of plastic....Gaia's revenge?

Enzymes — as contrasted with bacteria — are rather specific in what molecules they act upon.  The article states this one works on PET (polyethylene terephthalate): Plastic recyle code #1.  It would be a pretty big leap from that to “all forms of plastic.”  ;)

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So, I conclude, the 3000/week was not planned to be a steady output rate, but in June plan for a 6-8000/week rate.  I recall previously reading a 5000/week June goal, with a 2500-3000/week goal in the meantime.  Plans change (in the details), but the Q2 total goal may not have changed much.

The goal is 5,000/week rate for Model 3 by end of June.  However, there is also the looming 200,000 cars-sold-in-US tax rebate clock trigger, which is best pushed to July.  So another “planned” shutdown now that decreases output temporarily, and perhaps helps production of Model 3 alterations needed for Canada and other countries, will only help matters.

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Tesla could now own 100% of an electric car factory in China, says government
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A week after Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a reversal of his administration’s position regarding the steep tariff for foreign automakers in China, the Chinese government officially started phasing out the restriction on foreign automakers’ ownership of local car factory.

The change opens the door for Tesla to have its own factory in China as soon as this year.

The National Development and Reform Commission (via AP) confirmed that “all ownership restrictions will be lifted,” over a five-year transition period, but the restriction for electric vehicle producers will be the first to go as soon as this year.
...

Electrek says:
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Tesla was smart to hold off on pulling the trigger on a Chinese factory.

Virtually every other foreign automaker already made deals to create joint-ventures in China for electric vehicles over the last year in preparation for the country’s zero-emission vehicle mandate, which starts next year.

They had to do so in order to quickly increase EV production and not be penalized for the current gas-powered car business in China.

Tesla was the only automaker able to hold out since it doesn’t have a gas-powered car business to worry about. That allowed them to wait out the storm until reaching a deal for a wholly owned factory, which now seems possible.


Therefore, it wasn’t a big issue for China to lift the restriction, at least for electric vehicles, since most other automakers already complied to the ownership restriction due to the urgency that the ZEV mandate created.

It’s hard to believe that it is only a coincidence. ...
https://electrek.co/2018/04/17/tesla-china-factory-ownership/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: April 17, 2018, 04:51:14 PM »
It’s about time!

DIY Li-ion battery building kit opens door for homemade ebikes, powerwalls and even EVs
https://electrek.co/2018/04/17/diy-li-ion-battery/

Image: this one’s on Kickstarter. Video at the link.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Recycling to Reduce Oil Consumption
« on: April 17, 2018, 03:08:18 PM »
This process would occur, I assume, in a container where any methane could be captured.  And, I assume, the methane would be used to create the next generation of plastic containers.

Or rocket fuel!  ;) ;D 8)

Seriously, this reminds me (in a good way) of coal gasification research:  we have all this cheap but dirty fuel; let’s see what better uses we can find for it.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:45:01 PM »
Bosch brings its proprietary PowerTube 500 in-frame batteries to US ebike market, signaling design shift
I'm not sure if this is such a good idea. In Israel, where e-bikes are a major commuting option for many people, there is the problem of theft, as e-bikes are highly desirable and quite expensive. A typical solution is to lock the e-bike on the street, but carry the battery with you to your office/workplace. With in-frame batteries, if you lack somewhere secure to park, it is simply begging for theft.

Looks like the battery is easily removable (and lockable).

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Policy and solutions / Re: Boring, boring ol' Elon Musk...
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:41:03 PM »
90% is Musk’s money, rest is “early employees.”  No venture capitalist or investment firms were involved.

Elon Musk’s Boring Company raises $112.5 million for hyperloop and tunnel projects
https://electrek.co/2018/04/16/elon-musks-boring-company-capital-raise-hyperloop-tunnel-projects/

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Consequences / Re: Places becoming less livable
« on: April 17, 2018, 02:27:30 AM »
We had less than a day's warning. (Michael Jäger)

Well, why didn't ya tell us earlier, Mr Jäger!

Damn those asteroid deniers!  They won’t take any action until they are 100% sure it will hit, and be bad.

;)

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“Looking on the southern coast of the Mediterranean: enormous hail accumulations - looks ~20 cm [~8 inches] thick - in Tazoult, Bata, NE Algeria two days ago, April 14. Report by our partners Météo Algérie طقس الجزائر “
https://twitter.com/severeweatherEU/status/985945836000563201
Images below.

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I think the ~3,000/week number is their 3-week trend average.  Their graph looks closer to 4,000!
That nearly 4,000 units is "trend" beyond today, projecting the recent rate of increase into the future.  TESLA say the increase will happen in June, keeping at 3,000/week until then, IIRC.

Well, they surely make it look like the ramp is reaching the ‘vertical’ part of the S-curve! 
Which Musk said would definitely happen, but the difficulty was in predicting exactly when.

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“Pouring rain and flash flooding in Manhattan turns subway stairs into waterfalls, potentially making the commute home difficult for a lot of New Yorkers.”
   https://twitter.com/ABC/status/985943703213760513
Video at the link above, and also below:

Northeast pummeled by rough rain as Southeast recovers from devastating tornadoes
https://abcnews.go.com/amp/US/deadly-spring-storm-moving-northeast-leveling-homes-southeast/story?id=54495292
Article, photos, videos.

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Kids are suing Gov. Rick Scott to force Florida to take action on climate change
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn't talk about climate change.

He notoriously declared "I'm not a scientist" when asked his thoughts on humanity's well-documented impact on the warming planet, banned the phrase in his administration (a charge he denies) and backed up President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord.

On Monday, an unusual group sued Scott for ignoring the climate threat: Kids.

Eight young Florida residents — the youngest is 10, the oldest is 20, and one is a University of Miami marine science student— are the named plaintiffs in a lawsuit that seeks to force a state extremely vulnerable to climate-driven sea rise to start work on a court-ordered, science-based "Climate Recovery Plan."
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In the suit, Reynolds and her lawyers accuse Scott and his administration of rolling back or failing to implement any legislation aimed at measuring or cutting back on carbon emissions, as well as ignoring the threat of rising seas on the state's coasts, which provide the economic engine for the tourism-dependent state. ...
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article208967284.html

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Former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler was confirmed Thursday as the No. 2 official at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, putting him in line to take interim charge of the agency if Administrator Scott Pruitt is toppled by his ethical missteps.”

Coal Lobbyist Becomes No. 2 Official at EPA, Just Behind Pruitt
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/12042018/epa-andrew-wheeler-senate-confirmation-vote-murray-energy-coal-lobbyist-climate-denial-inhofe-pruitt

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Policy and solutions / Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:03:01 PM »
Bosch brings its proprietary PowerTube 500 in-frame batteries to US ebike market, signaling design shift
https://electrek.co/2018/04/16/bosch-brings-its-proprietary-powertube-500-in-frame-batteries-to-us-ebike-market-signaling-design-shift/

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Musk projection:  The profit from the Model 3 will pay for the rollout of the Model Y.

Negabirds perception:  Tesla keeps burning through all of its cash!  Bankrupcty is certain!

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Suppliers say Tesla wants them to be ready to start Model Y (the small SUV/crossover) production in late 2019.  The car (last we heard) will be based on the Model 3 design, so as to bring it to production as quickly as possible.  Thus, production will probably occur at the Fremont factory, to start — but a new factory, for increasing volumes, is likely. 

Tesla is reportedly targeting Model Y production in November 2019, supply chain sources say
https://electrek.co/2018/04/11/tesla-reportedly-targets-november-2019-model-y-production/

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Yes, Tesla and Mobileye went separate ways when their incompatibly-different objectives led to a rather ugly breakup: 
https://electrek.co/2016/09/15/tesla-vision-mobileye-tesla-autopilot/


I don’t recall any major crisis when the GPS went down — at least nothing on the scale of when the AT&T network went down. (Communicating with the MotherShip is important.)  Tesla uses a combination of GPS, internal maps, and each car’s sensors to navigate the world, so the temporary loss of GPS should not be crippling. 

But Tesla navigation has fallen behind the times — so there is much rejoicing these days as the company is rolling out a completely new system, built in-house:

Back in July, we reported that Tesla has been working on revamping its maps and navigation system with its own maps using new open source modules from MapBox and Valhalla.
First look at Tesla’s new navigation engine
https://electrek.co/2018/03/30/tesla-new-navigation-engine/

https://forums.tesla.com/forum/forums/first-look-teslas-new-navigation-engine


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I just peeked at the Bloomberg Model 3 Tracker and saw that it's estimating about 3,000 cars per week now. Compare to 2,000 cars per week at the end of March (just three weeks ago).

Seems Tesla have finally hit their stride.

I think the ~3,000/week number is their 3-week trend average.  Their graph looks closer to 4,000!

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Consequences / Re: Places becoming less livable
« on: April 16, 2018, 05:07:28 PM »
I’ll just put this here, for contemplative purposes....

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Asteroid 2018 GE3 flew past us today, half the distance to the Moon. Around 50-100 m in diameter, it was several times the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor, around the size of the 1908 Tunguska event ~ easily enough to destroy a city. We had less than a day's warning. (Michael Jäger)
https://twitter.com/marsrader/status/985711894060134406

Video at the link.

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Consequences / Re: Floods
« on: April 16, 2018, 04:17:28 PM »
Hawai’i:

“#hanalei #kauai ”
https://twitter.com/madys0nscully/status/985713142352068609
Brief video of flood damage at the link.

“Try explaining 30" of rain on Kauai with houses washed away, and this for [Honolulu]. Good luck with that! #hiwx ”
   https://twitter.com/firebomb56/status/985710855730774018
First image below.

“According to this report, underestimated by about 25 percent! ”
https://twitter.com/hbergSteve/status/985736936252952576
Second image below.


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Consequences / Re: Floods
« on: April 16, 2018, 04:15:34 PM »
“Excluding tropical cyclones, individual billion-dollar flooding events in the U.S. have added up to $39 billion in losses since 2010 ...”
https://twitter.com/ClimateCentral/status/985793698763104256
Image below.

Heavy Rainfall Trends Across the U.S.
http://www.climatecentral.org/gallery/graphics/heavy-rainfall-trends-us

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Consequences / Re: Floods
« on: April 16, 2018, 04:02:13 PM »
So, Houston is looking at building tunnels...

Tokyo built them.  Adaptation is an option.

The Underground Wonder of Tokyo
https://japangasm.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/the-underground-wonder-of-tokyo/

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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: April 16, 2018, 03:55:30 PM »
Upgraded to Extremely Critical:

“1:40am CDT #SPC Day2 #FireWX Extremely Critical: a large part of the southern rockies and adjacent southern/central high plains...”
https://twitter.com/NWSSPC/status/985769902995894272
Image below.

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D.C./Virginia radar during the storm last night.

“leading edge of rain with low level jet meeting the surface easterlies....cool stuff! ”
   https://twitter.com/hbwx/status/985751612558802944
Image below.

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The multi-day blizzard that has been blasting the north-central United States since Friday has dumped 23.7 inches of snow in Green Bay, Wisconsin, as of 1 a.m. CDT Monday. Double-digit storm total snowfall amounts are common from South Dakota to Wisconsin:  https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/photos-minneapolis-endures-second-snowiest-april-day-as-blizzard-rages/70004683
https://twitter.com/breakingweather/status/985770033908539393

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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: April 16, 2018, 03:26:58 AM »
Oklahoma.  In addition to today’s midwest blizzard and southeast tornadoes, Oklahoma has Wildfires.
“#okfire Western OK has taken a major hit. Over 350k acres burned, fatalities, lost homes and property. And the fires and extreme fire conditions continue. ”
https://twitter.com/george_geissler/status/985607378551918592
Images at the link.


NWS:
“Sunday included a much-needed respite from widespread critical fire weather in the southern Plains where numerous wildfires that began last week continue. Unfortunately, critical-to-extremely critical fire weather will return with a vengeance on Monday and persist through much of the workweek. These conditions include strong winds, low humidity, and severe-to-exceptional drought. Any new or existing fires in the southern High Plains and Desert Southwest will be able to spread rapidly.”
https://www.facebook.com/NWS/posts/10156943067974041

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/fire_wx/overview.html

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And more:

Duluth, Minnesota.  Record snow.
“NEW RECORD for Duluth. So far we are at 10" of snow @NWSduluth for 4/15. This breaks the previous record of 9.7" set in 1961. This is the 4th highest single day snowfall for the month of April. The highest is 12.1" set on April 3rd, 2007. #mnwx”
https://twitter.com/NWSduluth/status/985684181983420416


Oklahoma wildfires; “critical fire weather” across multiple states:
https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,1368.msg150347.html#msg150347


Edit: more:
“The 14.9" at Minneapolis/St. Paul sets a new record for the largest April snowstorm on record #mnwx”
https://twitter.com/NWSTwinCities/status/985679204950962176

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More of the noteworthy weather happening in U.S. today:

Lynchburg, Virginia.  Tornado.
A tornado just touched down in Lynchburg! This is the Med Express on Timberlake Rd.
https://twitter.com/WhitneyOnAir/status/985667699861786627
Images at the link.

Greensboro, North Carolina.  Tornado.
Pictures of damage near Avalon Road in Greensboro. First photo is above Hampton Elementary School.  #skyview8 : @chris8video @myfox8
https://twitter.com/AleksBushNews/status/985666579445796864
Images at the link.


Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Record snow.
As of 4 PM, the official storm total here at the office was 23.2". This is now the All-Time 2nd Largest Snowstorm in Green Bay! #wiwx
https://twitter.com/NWSGreenBay/status/985628995344588800


Seattle, Washington.  Record rain.
Heavy rain propels Seattle to 4th-wettest April day on record
http://www.seattleweatherblog.com/rain/heavy-rain-propels-seattle-4th-wettest-april-day


See also:  over two feet (600 mm) of rain in Hawaii
https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,1951.msg150336.html#msg150336

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Consequences / Re: Floods
« on: April 16, 2018, 01:26:13 AM »
Hawaii

“JUST IN: The second largest food pantry in the state is closed indefinitely after its warehouse was filled with two-feet of flood water. @HawaiiNewsNow ”
https://twitter.com/AllysonBlairTV/status/985649135163359232
Brief video at the link.


Edit:
Kauai has seen over two feet of rain in the last day.
Take a look at the damage here: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/global/slideshow.asp
#HINews #HNN



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“This could do some damage to some plants that have begun emerging being below freezing that long this time of year. ”
https://twitter.com/growingwisdom/status/985652656910848000

Minneapolis has been below freezing since Friday evening.  Currently 27ºF and snow (wind chill 16ºF) = record low maximum temperature set (records go back to 1872) ”
https://twitter.com/RyanMaue/status/985651906361118720
Image below.

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North Carolina.  Tornado confirmed by NWS.

“I still can't believe this happened. Debris from destroyed homes just fell from the sky on our apartment complex in south Reidsville, N.C. We're okay here.

Thoughts with everyone affected. I hope beyond hope they're all safe and recover quickly.”
https://twitter.com/wxdam/status/985637496154460160
Images at the link.

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“Check out the MASSIVE weather maker across the Eastern Canada/ US. It extends all the way down to Central America! ”
    https://twitter.com/IreneSans/status/985654743732228099
Image below

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Consequences / Re: Floods
« on: April 16, 2018, 01:04:56 AM »
Hawaii.  Two feet = over 600mm.

“Unbelievable rainfall totals since midnight on Kauai’s north shore. Rain rates up to 4” [100 mm] per hour still underway per @NWSHonolulu “

“Incredible pictures coming out of Kauai’s north shore after more than two feet of rain has caused historic flooding instagram.com/p/BhmWqGAAXgH/ “
https://twitter.com/passantino/status/985640750300844032

“Radar estimated storm totals since Friday are well over two feet and it’s still coming down. Everything beyond Princeville is cut off per NWS”
More images at the link.

Edit:  update:
Kauai getting pounded again with heavy rain after Hanalei got over 27” [685mm] of rain yesterday. Life threatening flooding ongoing. #hiwx
https://twitter.com/Wxmanms1/status/985663111964319745
Radar GIF at the link.

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