[Lab] regenerative braking

Emil Mitev quanttrom at gmail.com
Tue Sep 13 14:11:36 EDT 2011

I have to agree with you there Darcy but there are circumstances in which
breaking is absolutely necessary.

For example, what if the light happens NOT to have one of those second
countdown thingies, then you don't know if it will change soon, or it won't
change soon. You continue at your regular speed and see when you get there.

There was a study done recently on using cell phone cameras and cars in
order to predict the state of the traffic lights ahead and drive at the
optimal speed. It apparently works quite well but I can see pedestrians
pressing the button and messing up your sequence.


On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 5:06 PM, Darcy Whyte <darcy at siteware.com> wrote:

> I'm figuring that it will only work in some strange circumstances for cars
> (like if you live on a mountain).
> http://incandescent.ca/a-case-for-regenerative-braking/
> What do you think?
> The reason I dont' think it will work is that it's based on bad driving in
> the first place.
> For instance when I see a red light (or anticipate it), I get off the gas
> and start coasting. I arrive at the light just when it's green. So I never
> piled on the gas to get to the red light, then hit the break, then had to
> get back up to speed. If you're driving properly in the first place you're
> not going to waste enough energy to recover.
> To make it work for me, I'd have to intentionally accelerate towards a red
> light so I could then use the brakes.
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