- Sep 17, 2008
Exactly. They made promises they couldn't keep. We get tired of that. Suppose they'd been building electric airplane batteries?They built new stuff, rushed it to market and had cell-phone batteries exploding.
That's not a fault of the GPS system. That's a fault of the people programming the maps in the GPS receivers. Aircraft programmers don't make mistakes like that. For one thing, we're not flying on dead-end roads or closed bridges. We're in the air, following a flight plan we programmed into it, and we're supposed to make sure we know where we're going and what terrain might be in the way. Modern systems will warn you of approaching terrain, but you should have known about it anyway. Suppose the GPS had died when you're flying in IMC and approaching terrain? You die if you haven't studied it.GPS is so good people have died on obscure roads, or going over incomplete bridges.
They have been telling us about aluminum/air batteries for way too long already. From Wikipedia:Aluminum/Air batteries are light enough and powerful enough, but they have to be completely recycled.
Aluminium-powered vehicles have been under discussion for some decades. Hybridisation mitigates the costs, and in 1989 road tests of a hybridised aluminium–air/lead–acid battery in an electric vehicle were reported. An aluminium-powered plug-in hybrid minivan was demonstrated in Ontario in 1990.
No idea about these Lithium/Air batteries, but the potential exists, as long as big money doesn't buy the rights and bury them.
Why would they? There would be far more money in producing them.
Oh. So it's wrong to demand proven technology? What was it you were saying about cellphone batteries rushed to market, then finding that they exploded? Are we supposed to be fine with unproven technology that explodes in your pocket? Or electric airplane batteries that catch fire in flight? Do we want new technology so bad that we're prepared to risk our lives, and those of our passengers, as guinea pigs in experimental machinery?That said, you're still griping, demanding proven technology...