Wednesday, September 14, 2016

SILICON PRAIRIE INSIDERS: KANSAS CITY STAYS LOSING WITH OLD SCHOOL TOY TRAIN STREETCAR WHILST EV & AUTONOMOUS CARS ARE NEW HOTNESS!!!



These week the Chevy Bolt shocked the world with it's new design, usability and cost while Kansas City remains stuck in the past chasing toy train streetcar visions of downtown economic development . . . As the rest of the world teleworks, shares cars or uses the Internets to hitch a ride.

Accordingly . . .

LOCAL TECH EXPERTS DEMAND KANSAS CITY START EXPLORING MORE CITY HALL COOPERATION TO IMPLEMENT ELECTRIC, AUTONOMOUS AND RIDE SHARE TECH INTO LOCAL GOVERNMENT RATHER THAN RAMMING THE TIRED OLD STREETCAR DOWN EVERYONE'S THROAT!!!

Bottom line . . .

WOULD YOU RATHER RIDE A TESLA, BOLT, UBER OR HOP ON THE 2.NOTHING MI. FILTHY KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR?!?!

Here's the word . . .

The Chevrolet Volt is getting outstanding reviews. Pool buying should begin immediately, or would if any well lead complete approach was working towards electric and autonomous vehicle advancement.

Uber begins autonomous rides in Pittsburgh today, planners should have this emphasized, this is now.

Range is great on Chevrolet, what Carnegie Mellon and Uber have done is fantastic, compare that with KC Mayor's rant on Uber last year. Uber since bought Otto, the most advanced over the road autonomous trucking firm, which has huge implications for this region. Uber also bought into Didi for huge investment into China and settling a competitive quagmire. Uber also partnered with four or five different entities to be among the first autonomous tech companies on the planet really offering product to the market.

This dual salvo from Uber and GM is outstanding, but there will be many more tech advances over next year. It is time for action now. The industry did it's job, now where is the supportive movement in local government?

Federal program design should have required it. Norway showed how to get it done."
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16 Comments:

Anonymous said...

You should know this by now TKC.

If there's no kickback, KC ain't interested.

Jason J said...

I'm sticking with my truck.

Thanks, but no thanks.

Anonymous said...

Two wrongs don't make a right. All these EV vehicles should stand on their own without tax payer subsidies, just as the street car should.

Anonymous said...

^^^ Building cars creates real jobs, uber hires real people, autonomous cars are just cool. Where are the benefits of the streetcar we were promised?

Anonymous said...

But, Bruce, isn't Norway a Socialist Country, & isn't that just somehow magically wrong, because people who can't compete in the labor market just deserve to starve or otherwise they're just moochers?!

If you don't believe that Capitalism is God's Gift to mankind then you're not a patriot. Everyone knows that the meaning of life is to labor for the further enrichment of the rich.

Anonymous said...

wow, interesting point.

guess it would be a question of density.

Anonymous said...

There are already 100% electric buses that can go 350 miles or more on a single charge. That's a lot of trips between the Plaza and City Market. And they recharge quickly. In addition, if the streetcar extension is approved, it won't be completed until the year 2022, which will make it obsolete before it's even completed. The city will be ripping up the train tracks in the street by 2025.

Anonymous said...

Wired writes about the all electric buses. https://www.wired.com/2016/09/new-electric-bus-can-drive-350-miles-one-charge/?mbid=social_twitter

Anonymous said...

Should I buy an above-ground or in-ground pool?

Also does this incomprehensible tech expert have a name? And don't say Stupor Dave, because he's a halfwit.

But you heard the expert guys. Go buy a pool immediately.

Anonymous said...

I'm fine with my vintage straight six pickup. "Ol' Faithful"

Works like charm, built to last.

Anonymous said...

I don’t think anyone in Kansas City thinks about the trolley as a mode of transportation; it is a tourist attraction. KCMO must address modern transportation options.

Anonymous said...

@3:06 All car companies are building cars. Why should Tesla receive a $7,500 per car subsidy for a vehicle costing over $71,000? How many middle income people are going to buy cars at that price?

Anonymous said...

Good grief! The country moved beyond streetcars 60 years ago. This is not news.

Anonymous said...

What's Obama driving?

Anonymous said...

Only "halfwit" I see here is at 5:07

Anonymous said...

What tech experts?