Chris Ramsey, who runs Plug In Adventures, told Holyrood that by the time they got to Siberia, they had to rely more on the help of strangers. “We were driving through our second to last charging point when the Russian state electricity company got in contact and offered us a charging location. We drove down this tiny dirt track in the middle of the Siberian forest, up to this little wooden hut. So we thought, ‘OK, we’ll plug in there and sleep in the car’. But no, there were two guys there, who started taking the padlocks off the electricity pylon, and then wired our charging cable directly into the pylon.” For 250km of the journey through Kazakhstan they were driving on dirt roads, which were in the process of being replaced. Some entrants turned back, but having raised their suspension, and with their electric car containing fewer working parts compared to a petrol one, there was less to go wrong. In the course of the trip, the only mechanical failures … [Read more...] about Is Scotland ready for electric vehicles?
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest 'History cries out for us to be skeptical': Experts urge caution on N. Korea's vow to close test site North Korea's pledge to shutter its nuclear test facility next month and allow unprecedented access to the site drew praise — and skepticism — from experts who cite Kim Jong Un's history of bait and switch on denuclearization. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 41 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs John Bacon, USA TODAY Published 12:55 p.m. ChT April 29, 2018 | Updated 5:16 a.m. ChT April 30, 2018 CLOSE North Korea's state media broadcast pictures from the historic inter-Korean summit late Saturday. (April 27) AP … [Read more...] about ‘History cries out for us to be skeptical’: Experts urge caution on N. Korea’s vow to close test site
A multi-million pound modern mansion in the Hampshire countryside could be yours this summer for the price of a takeaway. Six-bedroom Huf Haus Avon Place near the historic market town of Ringwood is the grand prize in the UK's latest property raffle, with 250,000 tickets on sale at £25 a pop. To be entered into the ballot, hopeful winners also have to answer a multiple choice question correctly (it’s about salmon fishing). Do this and you have 560 times more chance of winning than you do in the Euromillions — and that’s if all the other entrants get the question right. The bright glass and wood-built home was designed by cutting-edge German company Huf Haus and sits on an elevated plot of one acre, cut into the side of an escarpment above the River Avon. It has 7,000sq ft of largely open-plan floor space, with seven reception rooms including a cinema room, music room and a games room that currently houses a snooker table. The bedrooms are … [Read more...] about £3m riverfront Huf Haus mansion with six bedrooms and a cinema room could be yours for just £25
Autonomous cars have captured the imagination of the automobile industry and the consumer for decades. But early models of driverless cars have been relegated to R&D labs in places like MIT and Stanford; viewed more as carnival attractions than viable modes of transportation. Companies like Tesla and Google (through its Waymo project) are among the most visible proponents of autonomous vehicles but even with the full extent of resources available to these industry giants, the technology has yet to evolve to a level of optimization necessary for mass roll-out and adoption.Just last year, while testing a prototype, a Tesla autonomous car was inadvertently involved in the fatality of one of its passengers. The company was ultimately vindicated since the car had not been 'taught' how to safely navigate the unique situation it faced. The AI model used to enable these prototypes relies on a 'deep learning' process that requires human input of annotated data to instruct the car to react … [Read more...] about The future belongs to autonomous cars: what driverless driving will mean for you?
There has been a lot of talk about how much Donald Trump has already spent on trips to his Florida golf resort, with estimates of around $10 million (£8m) for his first month in office.But why are these trips so pricey? It turns out that the travel costs alone are about $2,614 (£2,097) per minute for a US president.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJRqB1xtIxg&w=560&h=315]A detailed video by Wendover Productions has explained in a step-by-step quite why those costs add up so quickly, although some parts had to be estimated because of government security.Because the president is very vulnerable when they travel, extreme lengths have to be taken to make sure an attack can’t be made on their life, so there are hundreds of staff involved in manning the motorcades, helicopters and jets that carry them around the world.The presidential motorcade alone includes 40 to 50 vehicles, either leading or following the presidential car.This includes 20 to 30 … [Read more...] about This is why it costs so much for President Trump to travel anywhere