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#480 of 627 THIS is EXCESSIVELY cool
Sep 16, 2008 (6:54 am)
Robotic Prius eliminates Smug Driver
A unusual motorcade made its way across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge early one morning last week: a silver Toyota Prius, complete with police escort and camera crew, but with no driver at the wheel.
The robotic Prius was the invention of Anthony Levandowski, 28, a computer engineer who lives in San Francisco, works in Silicon Valley, and built the so-called "Pribot" in his spare time.
"Some people like to work on hot rods, boats, or airplanes," Levandowski said afterward. "I love robots."
Pribot's real-world test started on September 7 at Pier 7, a nondescript slice of San Francisco's often-foggy waterfront, around 7:30 a.m. The autonomous vehicle drove along the Embarcadero, took a right on Harrison Street, turned onto the bridge itself, and exited at Treasure Island.
The result? Years of hard work paid off. No little old ladies were run off the road. Pribot's trek, Levandowski said, took place without incident, save the car scraping its left side as it drove up the ramp exiting the Bay Bridge.
This was far from his first experiment with self-guided vehicles. As a student at the University of California at Berkeley in 2004, Levandowski was part of a graduate student team that created a robotic motorcycle called Ghostrider to enter DARPA's Grand Challenge.
#481 of 627 Re: THIS is EXCESSIVELY cool [larsb]
Sep 17, 2008 (6:00 am)
He should team up with the folks that ran a Prius in DARPA last year and finished. Still got beat out by a VW and a Escape Hybrid.
Nov 05, 2008 (7:44 am)
Judge Blocks Hybrid Taxi Requirement
Dealing a sharp blow to the Bloomberg administrationís attempt to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, a federal judge on Friday blocked New York City from requiring owners and operators of yellow taxicabs to switch to more fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles that operate on a mixture of gasoline and electricity.
Nov 19, 2008 (5:23 pm)
LOS ANGELES ó Ford Motor will announce Wednesday that it plans to beat Toyota (TM) at its own game when it comes to hybrids.
It's the latest example of U.S. automakers trying to "out-hybrid" Japanese brands that had a head start with the gas savers.
Is this the new direction for Ford? Will it pull them out and ahead of the other domestic brands?
#485 of 627 2009 HCH breaks world record
Jan 02, 2009 (7:09 am)
An amazing road trip through adverse conditions nabs a World Record - ( Sorry, Jetta TDI )
November 22nd, 2008 marked the beginning of a historic effort by three highly regarded Hypermilers to break a World Record established just two months prior. Completed September 25th, this record was achieved by Australians John and Helen Taylor in a 2009 VW Jetta 2.0L TDI sponsored by Volkswagen, Shell, and Navman. The Guinness verified record of 58.82mpg (US) set a new standard of efficiency in real world (official) mileage while traversing the country. Could our team of intrepid drivers overtake this lofty number in spite of unpredictable winter conditions?
Not only did they overtake the target mileage, they exceeded it by 11.5% to establish the new record at 68.54mpg (US) in a 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid carrying three people and their luggage through all 48 contiguous states.
#486 of 627 Re: 2009 HCH breaks world record [larsb]
Jan 02, 2009 (8:47 am)
Our own Wayne Geddes did good. Congratulations!!!!
#488 of 627 TURNING OFF MAINTENANCE WARNING LIGHT
Jan 28, 2009 (2:54 pm)
DEAR FORUM FAMILY,
I HAVE A 2007 TOYOTA CAMRY HYBRID. BOUGHT IT USED AND THE GMC USED AUTO DEALER CHANGED THE OIL, ETC.., BUT COULD NOT TURN OFF THE "MAINTENANCE NEEDED WARNING LIGHT?"
CAN I DO THIS MYSELF? NO KEY, JUST A IGNTION FOB AND THEN PUSH A BUTTON TO START.
#489 of 627 Re: TURNING OFF MAINTENANCE WARNING LIGHT [rick1946]
Jan 29, 2009 (7:09 am)
1. Set your odometer display to "Trip A."
2. Turn your car off.
3. Push the odometer button (from Step 1) again and hold it during Steps 4 and 5.
4. Turn your car on.
5. Wait a few seconds while 5 indicators in your display screen cycle on.
6. Your display will tell you that the maintenance warning reset is complete.