Derek Kubik

Mark Fields the President and CEO of Ford recently announced plans to not only have fully autonomous vehicles within five years but that these vehicles will also be in mass production. During the press conference, it was said that “a driver is not going to be required”, in reality, Ford doesn’t plan to include a steering wheel, gas pedals and brake pedals.

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Tesla Master Plans

by Derek Kubik on July 27, 2016

In a previous post about the Tesla Model III I touched on Telsa’s Master Plan, now known as the first master plan:

  1. Create a low volume car, which would necessarily be expensive
  2. Use that money to develop a medium volume car at a lower price
  3. Use that money to create an affordable high volume car
  4. Provide solar power

models_powerwallTesla Powerwall Image From: Tesla.com

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Tesla Battery Recycling

by Derek Kubik on June 28, 2016

With technological advancements and environmental concerns in mind, electric vehicles are becoming more prevalent and their prevalence will only continue to increase. To add to that, Dutch and Norwegian governments have been discussing only permitting electric car sales and banning gas powered car sales by 2025.

So with the  future looking electric, the thought of all those electric car battery packs may not seem very environmentally friendly. However, it might not be as bad as you think; according to Tesla a majority of their batteries will be recycled.

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Mileage Mix-up

by Derek Kubik on May 26, 2016

Ever since the Volkswagen emissions scandal there has been increased scrutiny of vehicle mileage and emissions. So whether it’s by mistake or intentional, it’s no surprise to hear that more vehicle manufacturers are having mileage woes.

Recently GM and Mitsubishi have joined VW in misrepresented mileage figures, however their backstories to their current position are quite different. With the former apparently being a mistake and the latter being a low tech means of cheating tests.

GM-Logo-Nov2010-1024x1024Image from: logos.wikia.com

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The Tesla Model III

by Derek Kubik on April 20, 2016

On March 31, 2016 Tesla Motors held the unveiling event for the Tesla Model III. Tesla feels it’s very important to speed up the transition to sustainable transport and the Model III is most affordable Tesla vehicle to date. Furthermore the Model III is a culmination of the Tesla master plan; start with a low volume high price vehicle (the Roadster), then make a medium volume not as high priced vehicle (the Model S) –  this platform also extended into the Model X. Finally with the revenue from the Model S and X, Tesla developed their high volume affordably priced vehicle – the Model III.

Tesla Model 3 front sideImages from: Teslamotors.com

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When I first saw the Goodyear Eagle-360 concept tire it made me think of the vehicles in the movie “I, Robot”. I, Robot – released in 2004 is an action, mystery, sci-fi movie that takes place in the year 2035. Like so many other ideas first seen in science fiction, these tires may one day become real.

I, Robot car“I, Robot” Car, Image From: Rottentomatoes.com

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Gorilla Glass Windshields

by Derek Kubik on February 24, 2016

Gorilla Glass by Corning Inc. is well known from its use in cell phones and tablets, however the glass is now beginning to be used in the automotive industry. Gorilla Glass could be used for windshields, sunroofs, side windows and rear windows, and has several benefits compared to traditional soda-lime glass windshield, however a main concern for automakers is cost.

Gorilla Glass is stronger and more scratch resistant than traditional laminated glass. There are even claims of the new windshield being hail proof, as shown in the video below.

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Volvo Deathproof By 2020

by Derek Kubik on January 29, 2016

Volvo has a reputation for safety and as such they plan to deathproof their cars and suvs by the year 2020. This of course does not include acts of recklessness or intentional crashes where someone is trying to hurt themselves.

WarningAutoBreak Image From:volvocars.com

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Augmented Reality Showroom

by Derek Kubik on December 31, 2015

With the frequent use of technology in our daily lives it should come as no surprise that one day your car dealers may use augmented reality to showcase their vehicles in store or even in your home. As shown with the partnership between Volvo and Microsoft, technology such as Microsoft’s HoloLens could one day enhance the vehicle shopping experience.

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Vehicle Vending Machine

by Derek Kubik on November 28, 2015

Carvana is a used vehicle dealer that sells vehicles exclusively online, with the goal of making a better car buying experience through technology, transparency and customer service. In November 2015 Carvana opened the world’s first coin operated, fully automated vehicle vending machine in Nashville, Tennessee.

Carvana Vending MachineImage From: Carvana.com

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