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  1. Jason's right. They'll get roughly 20% of what they spend on the renovation back as a tax credit from the feds (I've got quite a bit of experience in this area), not to mention the state historic preservation credits--and that's right off the top, before you start getting into other incentive programs. And what they spend on the building will be transferred on the balance sheet from 'cash' to 'property', which means no effective change to the bottom-line. Renovating this building, in accounting terms, will not reduce Ford's income. Frankly, I'm really excited to see this. There are very few companies in Detroit in a position to rehabilitate this building, and Ford's one of them. It's the first thing Ford's done that I agree with in months. (FWIW: One of the reasons why I'm excited about this is that the Pennsylvania Railroad built three mammoth stations: Penn Station in NYC, Chicago Union Station and this station--this ensures two of the three will be kept around)
  2. Think I followed most of you guys back. Thanks! Like the interaction, just cannot get excited about what's going on at Ford right now. I should add, I'm on facebook too, but I pretty much only use that account for posting nonsense
  3. Guys. This is basically why I don't come around here any more. I caught this show the first time around: https://fueleconomy.gov/feg/bymodel/Ford2001.shtml I don't need to see it again, I've already seen the ending. Not trying to be anti-social though. I'm on twitter at https://twitter.com/RichAJensenand Instagram at: Rich.Jensen
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    Things are going great at Tesla

    Q3 2017: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-results/tesla-stock-falls-on-model-3-delays-biggest-ever-quarterly-loss-idUSKBN1D15TP Q4 2017 www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-tesla-earnings-20180207-story.html But hey, at least they managed to put one in space, right?
  5. And you can make the exact same argument about their consumption of water, both in the San Joaquin Valley and in Los Angeles. Change their way of life? No way! Force other people to pay for their profligacy? Absolutely. The very idea that Los Angeles residents want their waste water dumped in the ocean instead of passing it through natural and manmade filtering systems and back into their water supply, even though that's exactly what happens to the water before it gets to them​, is a prime example of the gigantic gap between Californians who see their state as progressive and the reality--that they are as interested in passing the buck and avoiding the real costs of their actions as any other humans anywhere else on the planet.
  6. Let's pause for a moment and take a look at what's going on here. This is what California built. California is now spazzing out about putative climate change due to cars. And what is their solution? Is it a soul-searching investigation into the sustainability of their own way of life? A realization that they have set the gold standard when it comes to irresponsible and profligate consumption of energy? Nope. They want to force people somewhere else to foot all of the cost involved in fixing a problem that they are in large part responsible for. So just remember that the next time someone wants to heap a lot of praise on CARB for 'forcing' manufacturers to build electric vehicles: They made a mess, and they're doing their dangedest to make someone else foot the bill for it.
  7. I mean, this product, if it's available at all, is going to be like that fleet of H2 ICEs that Ford set up at a Florida airport. You're going to have this vehicle that comes with a disclaimer long enough to reach to the moon and back that is going to be leased (not sold) to a few select entities and is going to patrol a handful of tightly mapped, low speed, dense urban centers, and then disappear without a trace. There is a level at Ford where the impossibility of widespread autonomous vehicles is understood and there is seemingly a concrete barrier between that level of engineering and all of the management above it that just won't shut up about it.
  8. 'commercial grade autonomous vehicle' is code for the following: "It's not going to work very well--if at all--so none of them will be sold to retail customers." Geez. Geez, geez, geez. Just once, before I die, I'd like to see Ford have two consecutive competent CEOs.
  9. What I love about all these pronouncements is that they're all supposed to happen soon, but not so soon that you'll be able to remember the promise when they fail to keep it. Like VW's "Our EV revolution is coming in 2020!!!" And in 2020, when we're all so busy finding out what happened within the last five minutes to the 8000 people we follow on Twitter, we'll have completely forgotten about it. See also: Musk's semi, roadster, and GM's 'dense urban' autonomous fleet.
  10. History tends to repeat itself, and people tend not to learn from history. Possibly, quite possibly, those two things are related.
  11. Heh. Musk has made money too. Lear made money selling planes. Musk made money selling hot air.
  12. First, the problem set for flying is so much smaller​ than driving, and 70 years after semi-autonomous flight was demonstrated, fully autonomous flight is not in use. And although equipped with an auto-pilot, the 707 could ​not​ fly itself. An autopilot is basically adaptive cruise control with lane keeping assist. Second, your statement that the technology for autonomous driving "exists" is, frankly, false, in every application except for exceedingly small and exceedingly well-mapped corners of the world.
  13. I didn't know the 707 could fly itself.
  14. And that's the breakdown. You can't come up with a controlled environment that covers millions of square miles, and you can't reliably count on autonomous vehicles to function well outside of their controlled environment.
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