Posts Tagged ‘tesla’

A San Francisco Question: What Three Brands of Car are So Special Their Owners Don’t Need to Worry About Front License Plates?

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

1) Porsche. This brand has gotta be the #1 offender in Frisco. The funny thing is that Porsches in Germany have front license plates, but low aspect ratio American license plates apparently mar the good looks of these rides stateside.

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2) Tesla. I mean, they all look the same from the front without a FLP, right?

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Just one after the other…

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Same-o same-o:

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3) BMW. I don’t have a shot of a recent BMW without an FLP, but they’re out there, all over.

Why is it that regular ppl have FLP’s and richers don’t even though they should?

Seems odd…

Assembly Line Production of Self Driving Cars is Here: A Brand-New Bolt, One of 130 – Hayes Valley Meets Uncanny Valley

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Look what I saw coming out of Hayes Valley – it’s VEHT2079, a brand-new self-driving Chevy Bolt all the way from Orion Township, MI. It’s different. Notice the white thingamajigs above the front wheels:

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At first I thought it could have been a Project Titan from Apple, but no. It’s just an updated version of what we’ve seen for a while now.

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Of course that’s the human minder in the driver’s seat, but is that the robot in the passenger seat? Let’s ENHANCE:

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I’ll think of him as Frisco’s Star Trek Data, or Johnny Cab 2017, but you make the call, Gentle Reader

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Off they go, a boy and his robot:

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But not without a few Grove Street hassles. I mean, that’s what GM is doing here, a kind of driving torture test, right?

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And all this is just one block away from the Hayes Street block where Anthony Levandowski’s long-forgotten self-driving Pri-Bot used to get parked, right?

The Future is Now…

Scotland has TESSIE, Frisco has TEZZI, a Tech Bro’s Tesla Model S

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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THE FUTURE IS NOW: Free, Ad-Supported, Electric Charging at Serramonte – THE MALL HAS IT ALL

Monday, September 11th, 2017

I guess the ad is what’s new here – I’ve never seen this:

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Serramonte Center is your prototypical mall. It’s undergoing an urbanist-inspired makeover that makes it an even less attractive place to go to. I’ll tell you, I’m not going to go there and then complain about going there on a regular basis, it’s just that my special lady friend had something delivered to the fucking mall (like why would you want to go there?) instead of to herself, by mistake, and of course it wasn’t her mistake. But what can you do? So you drive on down there and there are zero parking spaces and all this, as I said, urbanist-type crap (huge sidewalks, aesthetic plantings what take up a lot of room) that they are constructing. There’s no place to park as they are making new multilevel structures and there’s no real place to drop people off close to the stores. It’s a hybrid of old and new, and it’s not looking good. And of course even after they finish it’s still not going to be good.

JMO.

Word On The Street: Poor Elon Musk! – “KATSU – SF AUG. 19 – A.I. CRIMINALS”

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

As seen, en La Mision, on Mission:

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[UPDATE: Indeed, it doesn’t look very pro-Elon, Reddit. Oh well.]

[UPDATE II: Oh, Nitasha Tiku has the whole story in WIRED.]

“Electric Trees” COMING SOON to 200 Rose Alley: “Solar and EV Charging” for Renters in Multi-tenant Buildings – The Nitty Gritty

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

I don’t know what to call this part of the Western Addition anymore. Anyway, here’s your notice that things are afoot:

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And here’s the nitty gritty from ElectricTrees.

What’s that you say, your electric steed has a ludicrous mode / concomitant large battery? Well, you’re going to have to pay more, pal:

Charging services are offered to subscribers based on the type of vehicle they own and its battery size. The service allows unlimited charging sessions and provides the fastest speed of charging for the subscriber’s registered vehicle. Once a vehicle is finished charging, a notification is sent via phone to the driver. The driver then has 15 minutes to move their vehicle before a parking fee is initiated that increases each hour the car remains in the parking space for a maximum of 4 hours. If the vehicle is still connected or the charging session ends after midnight there is a flat fee to stay in the space until 7 a.m. when the vehicle must be moved.

This could be your future if you don’t have a suburban-style garage / charger set up…

CONCLUSION: Rich People HATE Front License Plates, Even Though They’re Required in California

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

See?

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That’s typical.

VEHICLE CODE – VEH, DIVISION 3. REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES AND CERTIFICATES OF TITLE [4000 – 9808] ( Division 3 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. ), CHAPTER 1. Original and Renewal of Registration; Issuance of Certificates of Title [4000 – 5506] ( Chapter 1 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. ), ARTICLE 9. Display of Plates, Tabs, and Stickers [5200 – 5206] ( Article 9 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. )

5200. (a) When two license plates are issued by the department for use upon a vehicle, they shall be attached to the vehicle for which they were issued, one in the front and the other in the rear.

What’s that, does this law apply to your Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche and/or Tesla? YES, IT ESPECIALLY APPLIES TO THOSE.

What’s that, what about Steve Jobs? Well, he also regularly parked in handicapped spaces. Is he your lodestar? And if you want to copy him, you’d need to take off your rear license plate as well.

Sorry, rich ppl.

This Expensive Tesla Model S Lacks a Front License Plate, Yet It’s Legal – One Simple Trick

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

So a certain kind of person doesn’t like front license plates, even though Cali is a Front License Plate State. Why, because it mars “the look” of their Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Audi and/or Tesla. You know some of these people, Gentle Reader. I guarantee it.

Anyway, a subset of this group this is the cohort what takes years to put on their rear license plates, because, IDK, freedom? Because they don’t want to pay bridge tolls? Because they don’t want their, uh, affairs looked into by pesky family attorneys down the road? Because they want their rides to appear “brand new?” IDK.

And a subset of that group are those who drive around without plates but with an 11-99 CHP Foundation / Please Don’t Cite Me For Speeding Because I’m One Of The Good Guys license plate holder.

So that was the wind-up and now here’s the pitch. What kind of illegal behavior is this?

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Surprise! An MFG plate, for MANUFACTURING. And that means that Tesla can send out prototypes or whatever without an FLP

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See?

Manufacturers

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Exclusions: Cannot be used on service vehicles. Only one plate is required on the vehicle.

Statutory Authority: §§9262, 11715

Nice and legal.

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Prototype Tesla Model X P100D on the Streets of San Francisco? – Manufacturer’s License Plate

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

IDK. Anyway, DMV’s code name for Tesla is BOI, apparently.

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Tesla Drivers with License Plates Hiding in the Trunk for Years Think YOU are a Sucker for Paying Bridge Tolls

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Oh yes, officer. I’ve been meaning to put on the license plates DMV sent me all those years ago, but [INSERT EXCUSE HERE].

As seen on the 101:

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Cf. Steve Jobs, famous for going plateless on the 101: