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Driverless cars run into a fuel problem

The supplier of vehicle propulsion systems expects the first autonomous cars - likely robotaxis that are constantly on the road - will be too energy-hungry to run on battery power alone

Bloomberg 

Judging from General Motors’ test cars and Elon Musk’s predictions, the world is headed toward a future that is both driverless and all-electric. In reality, autonomy and battery power could end up being at odds. That is because self-driving technology is a huge power drain. Some of today’s prototypes for fully autonomous systems consume two to four kilowatts of electricity — the equivalent of having 50 to 100 laptops continuously running in the trunk, according to BorgWarner. The supplier of vehicle propulsion systems expects the first autonomous cars ...

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First Published: Wed, October 11 2017. 23:13 IST
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