War on Cars

In zinger form:

Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit: There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect.


“What’s finally sunk in with many people is that we have parking minimums and yet housing maximums, which means we have too many cars and too little housing. We have things the wrong way around,” said Shoup.

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Even if we could make all the self driving cars wonderful, we would need computers to do the driving. The energy required to do all the computing for all the self driving cars would equal that of all the data centers that already exist on our planet. I don’t think that’s going to work.

The evidence is quite clear at this point. Electric cars, self driving cars, or flying cars. The only thing that can save us from climate disaster is less cars. A lot less.


Turns out EV cars are way more fragile than we thought.

We’ve seen multiple types of failures with Tesla models. This one might be the most egregious–it’s the most basic safety feature of any car design and they can’t even get THIS right.

Well… I wouldn’t have seen this coming.

28 minute explanation about a pretty serious gap in US automotive regulations that allows electric vehicles using regenerative braking to slow down without illuminating the brake lights. And not just a theoretical gap, an example of a vehicle that can come to a complete stop without the brake lights coming on. He makes a great point too, that the driver of the vehicle could easily be unaware of this behavior in their own vehicle and the risk they are creating to following vehicles.


Nice. Have oft wondered about this, as a person who frequently drives a car that utilizes regenerative braking.