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12 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2018 And there's lots more in regard to automo- tive electronics, besides autonomous driving; what's coming up is absolutely amazing, and the announcements that have been made by NVIDIA at CES and the announcements that they're about to make with regard to their 2000 series of graphics cards that are using some of their newer chips, that haven't even been announced yet, make this all so very possible and so quickly. The other thing that I think that we should think about is the pop- ulation of California. If any state's going to do it first, it will be the state that thinks they know what's best for you, and that's California. I would predict there will be major freeways in California within some short num- ber of years where you will not be allowed to drive. You will have to go on an autonomous vehicle. A human being will not be allowed to take control. And I would say the next genera- tion after the millennials you're probably going to have a significant fraction of them that will never drive an automobile. Barry Matties: Another interesting thing I've seen is that in India and that region, there is a push for all-electric vehicles, and that's going to be another disruptive change in the auto- motive supply chain overall. What are your thoughts on the all-electric cars, Dan? Feinberg: When your only choice was a Prius I was dead set against them. But now we're start- ing to get some real cars that are going to sur- vive more than a 30-mile-per-hour crash and so forth, and I'm not so much against them. I just got a new car and I looked at a Tesla, but it bored the crap out of me—and that's why I didn't get one. But for most vehicles…think about nano-crystal power transmission. It's another technology that's going to be hitting us quickly. So you're thinking about nano-crystal power transmission, where an electric car will not have to carry much in the way of batter- ies and will have virtually unlimited range. In other words, they would be transmitting the power to run your vehicle over the airwaves. Go back 100 years and think about being able to transmit music over the airwaves. If you wanted to hear music, you had to go to a live group, or there were a couple of ways to very primitively record music, but you had to be there with it. Now, we've all grown up with radio and TV. We're going to be able to transmit power over the airwaves using nano-crystal power transmission. The younger generation is going to see total electric driving, but without carrying all these big battery packs. There would probably be just enough battery to let the vehicle get through an area where there may not be good signal strength. Happy Holden: I've driven a hybrid car for the last five years. About 30,000 of my 80,000 miles have been under battery. One interesting car that I saw was the BMW electric car; it's a hybrid in that it has a three-cylinder diesel engine that is hooked up to a generator. It can do 300 miles all electric, but it generates its own electricity. It's like a diesel electric loco- motive and at a lower emission rate because the generator runs optimally all the time and just keeps topping off or supplying additional current when the car demands it. But an all- electric car with a limited amount of batteries is like a miniature diesel electric locomotive. Feinberg: And you don't need a diesel engine anymore because the power is being transmit- ted to you via, I'll call it radio waves, although it's not radio waves, it's over the air. Holden: Yeah, but that's going to take infra- structure time to implement. Feinberg: Maybe 15-20 years. I think it's the way things are going. The percentage of elec-

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