From Global Solar Summit To Autopilot Solar Cars?


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Global Solar Summit at Milan, Italy, is going on right now! May 8-9, 2013, at Rho Exhibition & Conference Center at Milan, Italy. General Information. Program. Speakers. Registration. Sponsorship Opportunities. Sponsors. Partners. Endorsements. Press. Contacts.


To my fellow solar enthusiasts who are able to attend the Global Solar Summit 2013, wishing you all a terrific time in the beautiful Milan! I am not able to attend in the last minute due to my mother’s driving and health. She is a spunky lady who treasures her sense of independence and autonomy…but the aging process is stealthily catching up…her reflex is not what it used to be. So after her most recent auto incident, she was quite shaken up and may take a few weeks to recover. Since I will not be able to attend this historic/first Global Solar Summit, I will appreciate any photos or videos or recordings of interviews any of you may be able to share via Thank you.

I am also ecstatic to find out that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is talking to Google about adding driverless technology to its electric cars (according to Bloomberg). Elon Musk said technologies that can take over for drivers are a logical step in the evolution of cars. “I like the word autopilot more than I like the word self-driving,” Musk said in an interview. “Self-driving sounds like it’s going to do something you don’t want it to do. Autopilot is a good thing to have in planes, and we should have it in cars.” Let’s go on a test drive with this driverless/autopilot vehicle, below:

Google is test driving the driverless car in CA, FL, and NV.

Google’s approach builds on a push for the driverless-car technology long pursued by the U.S. military’s DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), which held vehicle competitions for carmakers and research labs. Anthony Levandowski, product manager for Google’s self-driving car project, has said the company expects to release the technology within five years.

“The problem with Google’s current approach is that the sensor system is too expensive,” Musk said. “It’s better to have an optical system, basically cameras with software that is able to figure out what’s going on just by looking at things.”

I have no doubt that Elon Musk and his team will figure out a way to bring down the cost for driverless/autopilot car in the future. I would also like to add: Mr. Musk, might you try to find a way to put some solar cells on top of these autopilot/driverless vehicles? I would be in cloud nine if autopilot solar cars will be commercially available within the next five years. What a wonderful world this would be !

~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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