John George Diefenbaker our 13th Prime minister sure put the blocks to Canadians and put the hurt on the Conservative party for years with his ill decision to cancel the Avro Arrow what a fool,that said great article no mention of the band Rush.LOL R
Oh my goodness, the scars still run deep with the cancelation of the Avro Arrow. Canada was so far out front with the new jet and it had the potential to place the country on a solid footing of future engineering and development paths moving forward. The end of the project cast a dark pall over dreams and ideas for years to follow, what a shame. I've been up close with the Avro mock up plane several times and it's inspiring and humbling to see it, even today decades later. The CASE project is inspiring and let's put our creative minds to work. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Bring it on!
What??! The Canadians aren't proud of Vito Rizzuto? He was the best! These new approaches to urban transportation strike me more as "follow the leader" as opposed to breakthrough technology. Depending on an artificial intelligence can have serious ramifications regarding passenger safety, to wit: in Great Britain, autonomous automobiles have resulted in people being robbed. The bad guys identify the robot cars and throw a trashcan at the front bumper. The car stops because it thinks it hit something and also automatically unlocks the doors. Presto, "give us the money, luv!" as the crooks take possession of the occupants valuables. It has happened more than once. Wouldn't Toyota's approach of a fuel cell vehicle make more sense? Until we can use magnetism for propulsion a la Dick Tracy, that's the only viable way forward that I can see. That is, until Porsche perfects its new wonder fuel...
That robbery scenario should spell the end for autonomous vehicles. Except, of course, that: 1. Unless you’re talking about the autonomous vehicles at Heathrow Airport, a driver is still currently required to be at the controls and can therefore override the autonomous systems at any time. 2. Autonomous vehicles are armed with cameras, making them an unnecessarily dumb target. 3. If you have ever been to a town of more than 100 people, you have probably needed to stop, even in an ICE vehicle, due to concepts such as traffic and red lights (google them). Without counting, I know that, where I’m from, I’ve definitely had to stop in places that would be quite predictable to thieves (they wouldn’t even need to be carrying trash cans around with them) “more than once”.
Don't forget Joni Mitchell. I guess that tells you my demographic. High tech, autonomous and shared vehicles translate to high cost/unreliable, dangerous and annoying in that order. What about a simple, rugged and easy to service vehicle with good fuel economy?
As an update to this article, I can confirm that CF-105 Arrow #202 still exists (in pieces, but mostly all there) and with some time, money, and cooperation, it will be restored in Hamilton at some future date. See this article for a little more information: https://www.facebook.com/CanadianWarplaneHeritageMuseum
By the way, I applaud this effort by all concerned, and hope that it grows "legs" and goes the distance! Good luck to the movers and shakers, and for everyone's sake, don't ask the government to sign on as a major partner !!!!!
I realize this was posted on April 2nd, but could it really be an April Fool's joke? This just makes me think of the Bricklin, but involving WAY more money and a far larger fall in the end. Canada might've been much better served to have purchased the Caterham company, and saved themselves a LOT of money and crying in the process. At least then they would've had a real high quality means of motivation and even get some ROI in the end. This is just another bad EV platform that, in a true competitive market would suffocate under the weight if it's debt to society.