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Google’s New Self-Driving Electric Car Built at Tesla's Factory?

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  1. Alexander

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    #1 Alexander, May 28, 2014
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    Has anyone seen this video yet? There's no information regarding who built the car, but that factory looks an awful lot like Tesla's factory (seen 54 seconds into the video). If it was built in Tesla's factory it would make a lot of sense.


     
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    That also looks like an extruded aluminum frame section similar to what I've seen under the skin of a model S...

    And red line equipment... hmmm...
     
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    those look a lot like Tesla seats too....
     
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    Evidence for/against being a partnership with Tesla:

    + Similar seat styling to MS
    + Red machinery in a pristine white factory shown
    + The form factor is similar to the Tesla powered Mercedes Smart EV
    + Existing Elon/Larry/Sergey tech bromance

    - Cup holders look too practical here ;)
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised if that was built on top of a Smart EV. I certainly hope they can find the money to hire a designer and make something which looks better, though.
     
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    Wondering if anyone has seen the actual talk from this Code Conference. I don't see reference to Detroit directly from them in the article on their own site and thinking there's a chance it's a case of broken telephone by journalists.
    Google Introduces New Self Driving Car at the Code Conference | Re/code

    Another possibility is a three way party by Tesla/Daimler/Google using existing work. Of course, all my own wild speculation at this point.
     
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    I'm assuming the car is electric?
     
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    According to a commenter on Jalopnik, it's being developed by Roush.

    Google's Driverless Car Is Built In Detroit, But By Whom?
     
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    I thought so too.
     
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    Those are just standard two-posts lifts. Not robots. I see no evidence whatsoever that this has anything to do with Tesla.
     
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    Yes it is electric according to the news articles I have read. I have read nothing that states the battery size or range.
     
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    According to NYT:

    "They will have a range of about 100 miles, powered by an electric motor that is roughly equivalent to the one used by Fiat's 500e"


    http://detroit.jalopnik.com/googles-driverless-car-is-built-in-detroit-but-by-who-1582586937/+matthardigree

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  16. qwk

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    Do they plug/unplug themselves?
     
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    It sounds like they're being imagined as a transportation solution at Google's campus. Presumably they'd be charged overnight at a central garage and then sent out in the morning.
     
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    It will be interesting to see how the charging on the se works. With 100 miles of range, there will certainly be times when they need plugged in multiple times a day(talking about the NYC taxis).
     
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    I don't think these are envisioned as NYC taxis. I mean, ultimately I see that as a goal here, but I think these particular prototypes are intended for shorter haul, more closed-in environments.

    But even in the NYC taxi role you could see this working. Presumably you'd be asked to enter your destination on an app of some sort. The dispatching computer could determine which cabs were closest to you and had sufficient range to convey you to your destination (and reach the garage again). A cab that fell under a certain threshold would return to the garage, where the workers could plug it back in.

    I see the utility behind these, as much as I bemoan the soon-to-be-extinct art of driving.
     
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    The report state that the next phase may be 9k driverless taxis. I'm with you on the rest.
     

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