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Using Analytics To Relieve Range Anxiety

The intelligent use of computers, real-time data and cloud computing might finally take the wind out of the so-called “range anxiety” fear instilled onto unsuspecting buyers.

Grant For Range Anxiety Removal. The University of California, Riverside, have received a nice $95,000 grant from the California Energy Commission to see if navigation devices could help extend the range of various electric vehicles by up to 10%. While the idea seems bold, it has a lot of merit and makes use of ample wasted computing cycles available today.

Technically Speaking. Cloud computing is yet another rehash of something most computing companies have always understood, big data centers crunch big numbers in a relatively short amount of time. In essence, we are witnessing the rebirth of yesterday’s mainframes and somewhat dumb-terminals. All of this can be put to good use when it comes to managing electric cars, EV and various plug-in hybrids, PHEV. By collecting real-time data information about traffic, road surface, vehicle state, atmospheric conditions and more, better management of this information would boost the efficiency and performance of cars. Researchers at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology, CE-CERT want to use this data to create what they call an "eco-routing algorithm". This algorithm would ease traffic by helping drivers use better routes requiring the least amount of charge. How’s that for smart computer use?

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