France's Bold Drunk-Driving Legislation - Every Car To Carry a Breathalyzer
Okay, for those who didn't bother to read the article...
All that's required is a $2 disposable breathalyzer. If you don't have one in your mandatory car safety kit, the fine will be $14.
EV Fast-Charging Standards In Flux
Oh no, these aren't 1000$ batteries we're talking about. A thousand-dollar battery is what you put on an electric bicycle.
A 16kWh pack (like the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi i-Miev use) is about 10 000$. A full charge is good for around 100 miles of autonomy.
A long-range battery pack would be many tens of thousands of dollars...
Woman Fired For Using Uppercase in Email
Yes, the time has to come fire all lawyers who use ALL CAPS when writing their contracts and EULAs!
Panasonic Begins To Lock Out 3d-Party Camera Batteries
This will guarantee the safety... of their profits!
New X-Prize for Fuel Efficient Cars Announced
I wonder, must the winner meet recognized safety standards to win the prize? It's considerably easier to design a vehicle that won't ever come close to government crash standards and thus couldn't possibly be licensed as a car... If the winner builds a glorified ultralight autorickshaw that would probably kill all occupants in case of a low-speed collision with a Pinto, some kind of 3-wheel motorcycle with a full fairing or some other contraption that is "unsafe at any speed", then I see little point to this contest.
The news article didn't even mention safety, so I went looking on the X-Prize site for additional information, which I found here http://www.progressiveautoxprize.org/auto/prize-details/draft-guidelines . "Vehicles must be designed to meet safety regulations in the U.S. and other markets."
Well, looks like I answered my own question. The car does have to meet safety standards. Great contest then... Go X-Prize!