DTNS 2929 – Technically Young at Heart

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2 Responses to “DTNS 2929 – Technically Young at Heart”

  1. Hi Tom,
    After listening to your Tuesday show yesterday, a couple of things came to mind.
    First of all, the cost of autonomous car permit is not just $150, California requires the applicant to put up a $5M bond against possible damages or show a balance sheet that the company can cover similar damages caused by each car. I believe this is what is really behind the Uber story.
    Second, one thing that might become important as lithium batteries is made THINNER is that the expansion and contraction of the battery when they are charged and discharged becomes important. this makes the flat sides of the battery bulge out and anything pressing against that battery can localize stresses on the battery. This is not an issue if the battery is cylindrical since the round shape is effective at restricting expansion.
    Finally, Chinese battery manufacture Amperex that has mentioned several times regarding S6 fiasco has an interesting connection. Their CTO is American Bob Gaylen.
    Keep up the good work and I wish you a Merry Christmas,

  2. The bond things is trivial for Uber to show. That’s just insurance. So I still think it’s more of a principled objection but it’s a good point.

    S6? I’m assuming you mean the Note 7? Either case not unusual to have US officials in these companies but definitely an interesting connection to point out.

    Thanks Ichiro!