12 Oct '17, 1pm

Power To Run Computers For Autonomous Cars Lowers Range

Here’s a conundrum for you to consider. Auto industry engineers say the computers needed to make autonomous cars possible use so much electrical power, they actually decrease overall efficiency and limit how far an electric car can go on a single battery charge. We don’t think of the power to run computers all that often. It all happens in the background. Out of sight, out of mind, as the old saying goes. But according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in 2016, 70 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity were needed to run all the servers in the United States. How much is that? Let’s put it this way. It would take the output from 8 large nuclear power plants or double the amount of energy supplied by all the solar panels installed in the US to provide that much power. We are enthralled by the prospect of cars that can drive themselves, but there is no free lunch. ...

Full article: https://gas2.org/2017/10/12/power-computers-autonomous-ca...

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