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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/11/2014 10:01:02 AM
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Electric taxis, unleashed!
Looks like a fleet of 20 electric taxis are getting their start on the roads of London today. If any Londoners have the pleasure of riding in one of these, please do let us know about it.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/3/2014 5:24:29 PM
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Re: Quiet Streets
Hey Toby: Thanks for suggesting we run this as a poll. Your wish is our command! We just put it up, and you can take it here (and feel free to share this link, if you so desire!).

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/28/2014 7:09:36 PM
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Re: Quiet Streets
As an add-on to your great question, I have a dumb one: How long does it take to fully charge an EV? Is it comparable to filling a gas tank?

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
1/27/2014 3:03:15 PM
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Re: Quiet Streets
How many charging points are necessary at some future date to ensure there aren't 50-cab-long lines at such stations, Martyn? Has that been calculated? I'm picturing in my head someting akin to the density of gas stations, which is every few blocks in some cities. Will charge points begin as a service of a gas station, d'you think?

I am stoked that London has picked up the gauntlet and wonder what city will be next! It will need to be somewhere with a relatively compact footprint. A DC over an LA, for sure. I could see SF doing something comparable. Or Lisbon, or Dublin.

Thanks for a great read.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/27/2014 12:29:04 PM
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Re: Quiet Streets
Great idea, Toby! We'll make this the subject of our next poll.

In time, as we morph into a society that accepts the presence of autonomous vehicles, the idea of restricting speeds on cars will probably become more accepted as well. But it'll be great to get people's feedback on this in the meantime.

Toby
Toby  
1/27/2014 12:24:35 PM
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Re: Quiet Streets
@Nicole: Frankly I think to oppose such a restriction would be an indefensible position, like gun control only worse. We already restrict speeds on trucks and buses for safety reasons, cars are a logical next step. The argument about speeding up to avoid an accident is a non-starter.

Why not run a quick poll here?

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/27/2014 12:17:38 PM
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Re: Quiet Streets
It does seem like a no brainer that GPS devices should at least warn drivers about speed limits and alert them when they're going over... but having a GPS actually prevent drivers from speeding is a different issue entirely. There we'll run into arguments about individual freedom and civil liberties etc etc... It's an argument worth having, IMO, because this kind of tech could really be life saving. (I'm sure some would argue just the opposite, of course... ex, anyone who has had to speed up to avoid an accident or dangerous situation... I'm sure it happens.)

Toby
Toby  
1/27/2014 12:01:55 PM
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Re: Quiet Streets
@Nicole: Well it is great they can, just not in middle of suburbia or even on a road with other traffic. Best to be done off road where no one will be harmed...and I don't mean on the footpath!

What is most striking is that no-one has proposed this yet. Any GPS unit you buy today already knows the posted limit of the road you are on, pretty much any road. They can also warn you of traffic real time and so, by that theory, could advise of speed limits that have changed.

It would be a very simple step to take that little bit of data and feed it to the throttle control in the engine management unit under the hood. Really really simple...yet no-one has proposed it seriously.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/27/2014 11:53:59 AM
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Re: Quiet Streets
How fantastic would that be? It's always frustrated me that cars are even capable of reaching speeds that way exceed even the highest speed limits. I truly don't understand it.

Toby
Toby  
1/27/2014 11:46:54 AM
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Re: Quiet Streets
@Nicole: Indeed....and then how about linking all car engines to a GPS enabled service that automatically controls speed to be no more than the maximum posted for that section of road, no matter what the lead-footed driver is doing to the accelerator...thousands of lives saved daily worldwide.

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