wizard69 wrote: »
Thanks for wasting my bandwidth with that video!
As noted modern design plays a big part in making a car safe. However on the smart car the driver is seated back pretty far. Also it doesn't diminish the value in a long nose being able to absorb more of that collision energy.
The other thing is psychology here, I for one are more comfortable driving a vehicle with a bit of a nose on it. Maybe there is no justification for that feeling but it does exist.
ascii wrote: »
I believe the main difficulty/barrier to entry in the EV market is the ability to reliably mass produce complex objects. Apple has lots of experience in mass production, and Tesla has a head start on everyone else, but I'm not sure many of Branson's past ventures have involved mass production. He seems like more of a business/branding maestro.
solipsismy wrote: »
You can't compare a COE with anything modern. We have better materials and better designs that make even a Smart Car fair better than large cars of the 1970's.
voyager12 wrote: »
There is something very intriguing about the rumors that Apple is working on a car itself. Will it be the type of car that people have grown accustomed to, with just a lot more of the connectivity stuff Silicon Valley is famous for? Or will Apple revolutionize the car the same way it did with the cell phone - true to two of Steve Jobs' motto's "build something better that no competitor has got" and "reinventing, making things better"?
Let's put it this way: the car industry (and Google) will be pleased if it turns out to be the first...