[Lab] regenerative braking

Darcy Whyte darcy at siteware.com
Tue Sep 13 14:42:21 EDT 2011

Well if you drive trying to avoid using your brakes you automatically don't
waste fuel. It's a state of mind but of course you use your brakes.

On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 2:11 PM, Emil Mitev <quanttrom at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Thanks,
> Emil
> 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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