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Financial Times | The battery-powered Tesla two-seater

Discussion in 'News' started by dpeilow, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. mpt

    mpt Electrics are back

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    I'm never sure that leading on the negatives is wise; all too often that's as far as people read and the hope of ending on a high is lost. It lends a grounded feel to the article for those that do make it to the end though.

    Almost completely accurate too.
     
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    I agree.

    Nasa should be NASA
     
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    Things that stood out to me:

    Are they really using satellites at this point? Last I heard they were still trying to work out details with the various 3G carriers in Europe. Satellite would certainly solve that problem, though.


    Sounds rather optimistic.


    :cool:
     
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    I believe I heard a technician refer to this feature as "GSM" (what a misnomer! :rolleyes: ... at least as far as referring to the function of "remote diagnostics" with a type of communications protocol used in cellular telephone technology ) ... so, yeah, sounds like cell-phone technology to me.
     
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    If you just wanted to do some low bit rate remote diagnostics and not have to worry about where the car was, then a satellite service like Orbcomm's could be ideal.

    And it just so happens that a certain LA-based rocket company is launching Orbcomm's next generation fleet.
     
  6. mpt

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    It's labeled GSM on the screen in the car; I don't know what carrier they use in the US but I'd install GSM so that it works everywhere. Serial port to GSM GPRS interfaces are the size of a thumbnail and cost cents these days, well dollars but still; cheap as chips. The carriers offer great plans for large scale deployment of mainly dormant devices.

    Oddly, BMW assist in NA is on Verizon Wireless; that's CDMA not GSM so I'm guessing that the service plan is more expensive than the hardware. CDMA is a different mobile technology than GSM; different radios, frequencies and protocols so not a simple change but Qualcomm does do dual protocol chips... Am I going OT here?
     
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    Found a 1X3x3 white box glued inside the upper right front fender. Among other words it had the word "satellite" on it.
     
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    Probably for your audio system. So far Tesla hasn't said anything about a data up-link for 2008MY cars.
     
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    THe first negative is that it is the same size as the Elise but costs more?

    Kind of meaningless if yu ask me. So, if a Ferrari is the same size as a Chrysler, does that mean it shouldn't cost more?
     

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