Zachary Shahan of clean techie has been doing something interesting with the new Tesla Smart Summon feature.. he is conducting races!
There is an amazing you tube video of his races near Tesla superchargers were other teslas are racing each other using the smart summon feature, we have links on our web site as it is both funny and like wow this so damn cool!!!
He writes in his blog:
Tesla Smart Summon was all the rage for a few days on Tesla Twitter and Tesla YouTube. For one obvious reason — it’s fun! More thoughtfully (putting on my serious face), it’s an amazing step forward toward door-to-door fully self-driving Teslas. That’s at least half the excitement — what it indicates is coming, much more than what is here today.
As soon as Smart Summon rolled out, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of Tesla owners were eager to see what Smart Summon could do and what its limitations were. That included me, a new Tesla buddy of mine, and a friend of his who happened to be in town at the Supercharger where we had decided to meet.
They conducted 7 Smart Summon races between Tesla vehicles in the course of approximately 3 hours, with some of that time dedicated to breaks for other work, an interview (in the video above), and to change locations a couple of times.
Its truly worth watching and I want to join in on this one
News form the uk
Drivers of electric cars across the UK may soon be using special green number plates under new plans.
The aim is to make it possible for local authorities to allow zero-emission vehicles to benefit from incentives such as cheaper parking.
The government hopes it will boost electric car sales, helping it achieve its 2050 target of net zero emissions.
But Friends of the Earth said without better financial incentives and more charging points, little would change.
The government is asking industry and the public for their views on how to implement the scheme.
“As the UK moves at pace towards net zero emissions, the initiative aims to raise awareness of the increasing number of zero tailpipe emission vehicles on UK roads,” said the Department for Transport (DfT).
“Through the introduction of green number plates, local authorities would have a useful visual identifier should they wish to introduce incentives to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles, such as allowing these drivers to use bus lanes and to pay less for parking.”
CPT UK, the trade body for the bus and coach industry, said it would be a mistake to allow electric cars to use bus lanes.
“If local authorities allow some cars to use bus infrastructure, which is already severely strained and in need of significant investment, we will simply increase congestion for bus passengers and drive people off the bus and back into cars the vast majority of which are not electric,” said chief executive Graham Vidler.
Sales of all-electric vehicles (EVs) are up sharply since last year, leading to suggestions the market has reached a turning point.
But all-electric vehicles still represent only a fraction of total car sales and there are challenges to uptake, including a lack of charging points on roads and too few low-cost models.
The government said a similar licence plate scheme introduced on a trial basis in the Canadian province of Ontario had led to an increase in electric vehicle registrations.
However, RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: “While the sentiment seems right, there are question marks as to whether drivers would see this as a badge of honour or alternatively it could foster resentment among existing drivers of petrol and diesel vehicles.
“On the face of it, drivers we’ve questioned don’t seem too impressed – only a fifth think it’s a good idea and the majority said the number plates wouldn’t have the effect of making them any more likely to switch to an electric vehicle.”
Friends of the Earth campaigner Jenny Bates urged the introduction of a national scrappage scheme, saying it would “help fund a switch to a cleaner vehicle or greener transport alternative”.