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Self-driving automobiles, plugs, and electrical grids – BRANDON DONNELLY


That is going to be previous information to a lot of you, however this previous week I skilled Tesla’s self-driving capabilities for the primary time. And I have to say that I used to be very impressed. It did all the pieces from navigate stop-and-go metropolis visitors to navigate lane modifications on the freeway. General, it makes my five-year previous automobile really feel fairly quaint. The software program is that rather more subtle and one has to imagine that each one of this autonomy stuff will solely get considerably higher as LIDAR turns into widespread place in manufacturing automobiles.

In different automobile information, North America seems to be narrowing in on an EV charging plug commonplace. It’s Tesla’s plug, however it’s now appropriately referred to as the North American Charging Customary (NACS) plug. And final week, Electrify America — which is the most important non-Tesla, fast-charging community within the US — introduced that it might be including the plug to its community. The corporate additionally occurs to be owned by Volkswagen. So large and vital firms appear to be coalescing round this plug kind.

Lastly for as we speak, right here’s a publish by Fred Wilson speaking about (1) bi-directional EV charging, (2) the condominium buildings he and his spouse are growing, and (3) our ongoing transformation away from a centralized electrical grid to a decentralized one. What he talks about in his publish is one thing that we are literally piloting in a couple of of Slate’s workplace buildings proper now. It’s nonetheless early days, however I believe it’s actually thrilling. Tech appears to be enabling a broader shift towards decentralization. And within the case of our electrical grid, it’s going to result in a extra resilient one.

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