Enjoy this weekly feed of inspiring, interesting and intellectual articles and news, with a focus on disruption!
Today an OTA update gives your car “new” brakes
After Consumer Reports found a few areas that needed improvement with the Tesla Model 3 for them to give the car a recommendation, brakes being one of the most important, Elon Musk responded that the company would fix it within days. Sure-enough an Over the Air update has now reduced braking distance with over 20 feet. Until now, this type of remote improvement to a car’s basic functionality has been unheard of according to Consumer Reports.
It sure seems that “out with the old and in with the new” is happening in auto. In NYC traditional yellow cabs are now being auctioned off in mass. Value has dropped as much as 80% in just a few years as they are being replaced by Uber drivers with other, most often newer, cars.
Hyperloop could really be disruptive
The much discussed hyperloop is planned to run at speeds of up to 600+ miles per hour in a pressurized cabin. However, it is not the speed that is impressive, but the estimated cost. The project is said to cost between $29 to $59 million per mile of tunnelling. This can be compared to $2.5 billion per mile for building the second avenue subway in New York. Time will tell if they manage to keep that low budget.
Tesla roadster to come with rockets?
More about cars, but how could we not write about this?? Elon Musk has indicated that there will be a special version of the new Roadster with actual rockets. From his Twitter account:
“SpaceX option package for new Tesla Roadster will include ~10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around car. These rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering. Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly…”
3D printed houses
3D printing has been a hot topic and a buzzword for a long time now. Despite this, the utilization of the technique has so far not shown much major commercial potential (yet), although it has been rumours of many areas. Now however, the very first community of 3D-printed houses are under development. The houses are printed completely in concrete and the technique doesn’t allow any material to be wasted. If this is scalable, it could result in significant cost savings and increase the customizability within construction.