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 ...
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 Last Updated at October 11, 2017 23:13 IST