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India won’t allow driverless cars if they take away jobs

In language that is sure to frighten the likes of Google, Tesla, and every other company with a foot in the driverless car game, India’s road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has said that driverless cars will not be allowed in the country if they take away jobs, reports the HindustanTimes.

“We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs.” — Nitin Gadkari Highways minister 7/25/2017

India is one of the top destinations tech companies are focusing their resources on for growth. With a consumer market of 1.2 billion people, if India actually ends up not allowing driverless cars in the country it will effectively seal off one-sixth of the world’s population from the autonomous car market.  – Michael Grothaus (FastCompany)

After working in technology for 4 decades, it seems that technology doesn’t take jobs, but rather creates a new employment track that is fascinating and innovative. Yes training is needed to participate, but that should be an obstacle that we can tackle.

However my logic could be skewed, since I am eagerly awaiting autonomous cars and more innovation. — the editor

And just for fun, you might want to read this one too:  “Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are having a spat about whether AI will kill us all”

TESLA & APPLE – Good Energy News


The electric carmaker is looking to change the energy industry with its new battery suite, announced in April. The wall-mounted lithium-ion Powerwall battery can be installed in a home to save energy by charging during the day and discharging at night, when the home’s energy demands are lower. Because it stores solar energy, it can also be used as a backup power supply during power outages. The Powerwall could be particularly impactful in Africa, where more than 600 million people lack reliable electricity. Instead, they rely on generators, which spew pollution. Tesla partnered with a solar kit distributor to sell the batteries in South Africa starting in 2016.


This year, Apple focused on cleaning up its supply chain. The iPhone maker’s U.S. operations and data centers are already powered by renewables, but a majority of its emissions are created during the manufacturing process.

In April, the company announced it would build 200 megawatts of solar projects in China, which, aside from making a dent in supply chain energy use, will also produce enough power to light hundreds of thousands of homes a year. The company is sharing best practices with its suppliers, like Foxconn, which will buy 400 megawatts of solar by 2018. When Apple’s new retail store opens in Singapore (its first in retail operation in Southeast Asia), it will operate entirely on solar. And starting in 2016, a solar farm in Monterey County, California, will power Apple’s new campus, all of its California offices, and retail stores.

UPDATE on the Green Car Program for VETS!

Hi All..

This is an update of what has been taking place

1. We took a trip to Washington DC.  We did some personal recon of the situation in Congress.  And here is the plan we formulated.. Here are the names of the Representatives in the House Ways and Means Committee.  These are basically the Reps who hold the keys to unlocking the Veteran Employment Tax Credit.  This Credit will give employers tax breaks for hiring Vets.  This is a major bill that needs to pass.

As Veterans we need to pass the word and get other Veterans involved.. It’s as simple as sending these guys an email,  Especially if you are a Veteran who lives in their districts.. All you need to do is send them a short email that says your name.. Where you live in their district.  And the phrase “vote yes on the Veteran Employment Tax Credit Bills”.

It’s important for all Veterans to get involved in this . If you have to forward this email to your buddies go ahead. For non Veterans this is important for your friends, family members, and loved one’s who are Veterans now or who may be getting out of the service and becoming Veterans.  Please help out in this mission.

2. I have been waiting for my Web Site to get set up. Joint Force Veterans.  This is the site that I will switch to to handle all of my communication.. The site is still under construction but it is www.jfvets.org.  Expect to receive email from me with this server.

3. Updates on the Electric Car Program.

– Skyline and Tesla are working on developing a training curriculum as we speak.  The new class is scheduled to open Fall of 2012.  It will be open to all students who enroll at Skyline.  This class will train in the requirements that Tesla is looking for.

– In the mean time.. Tesla is still getting back to me on the names of the Veterans they have picked to hire. I will contact those Veterans and meet with you guys prior to a private awards ceremony which will be held at Tesla’s factory in Fremont.. After those Veterans have cleared probation we will have an official award ceremony at the War Memorial Building with the “new hires”. At that same ceremony we will also have another hiring event.. Tesla will be able to interview as many Veterans as possible that day.

– Some of the items we discussed with Tesla were.. Creating work shifts around Veteran students so that Vets can still go to school.. Working for Tesla will also provide Veterans with 4 units per semester.. So that Veterans can take 8 units of class and use the work at Tesla to fulfill the 12 unit requirement for the Post 9/11 GI Bill.. So yeah.. Tesla ROCKS..!!! Gotta love these guys.

– We still have training institutes that we are evaluating at the moment for training Veterans now.. So far the tuition money is secured.. The money for laptops is secured.. We are still working on Stipend money. If you are a donor who pledged money for the program.  Now is the time to contact me in regards to the Stipend.

– The training program that we have scheduled in June. So far appears to be on track to start up on the 3rd Monday. If problems arise then August at the latest.. This program will provide skills that Tesla is looking for but we are still setting up a program that can put graduates into Tesla.. The plan is to have the graduates also complete the train the trainer programs and if not work for Tesla work for Skyline as instructors..

– I have been so busy working on Tesla and recently I have been so wrapped up in my Presentation and Research for Stanford University that I have been neglecting the Car Program momentarily. Now that I am finished with my Stanford Presentation and have updated my journals on my research.. I can focus on the car program once again.

– So now I can focus on Nissan.. Nissan is very interested in helping Veterans now.. In fact they are very interested in Veterans who have Motor Transport backgrounds who go through the course that we are pushing for in June.. So I will keep you updated on that progress.

4. Some by the way announcements. EDD and Arnell Junio just awarded me with a plaque and gift card for my work with Tesla.. EDD is doing some wonderful things for Veterans and I am happy to be working with them.

– Swords to Plowshares is also stepping up and getting involved with the program and they are providing much needed support.  They are such an awesome organization.

– Assembly Member Jerry Hill has invited me to Sacramento to receive the Veteran of the Year award in June.. He even took the time to call me personally.  I’ve never met him.. But.. I have always heard great things about him.. And I can see why he is so highly talked about by the people who have met him.

– While in DC I made some powerful connections with some very high powered groups and high powered Veterans.  So they are now being introduced into the operation to take part in the battle.  So be prepared for some serious Shock and Awe in the future.

Thanks for you time and if you have any questions feel free to write me back.  I may have left out a lot of things. So just remind me.

Jarom Vahai  email: jlvahai2@aol.com
Member Veteran Advisory Committee Congress Woman Speier
President Skyline Veterans Alliance
Member Veterans Bay Area Alliance
Marine Corps League Education Liason

VETS! Job Opportunities at TESLA

Skyline Veterans Event Today, Friday, April 22
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Electric car kick off program

9am-10am: Cars arrive, vendors, groups setting up information booths, ect..

10am-11am: Tesla commences interviews, Green show in the quad commences, Hooters food and beverage certificates handed-out, music and other planned events.

Tesla interviews will be held in bldg 4..

Veterans remember to bring the following:

– a resume or written job description

– DD 214

– Copies or originals of certificates both civilian and military

– remember Tesla is filling all positions so go to this website.. http://tbe.taleo.net/NA7/ats/careers/jobSearch.jsp?org=TESLA&cws=1
find a job that fits your qualifications and let the recruiter know..

11am-12noon: Introductions and speeches; especially from our keynote speaker The Honorable Congresswoman Speier

12noon-1pm: Tesla recruiting continues, time to mingle, rest, ect..

1pm-2:00pm: Veteran meeting in the School Theater

Electric Car Rally & Show 9/25

Don’t miss the 38th annual Car Show featuring electric and hybrids. Free Admission! 

Date/Time: Saturday September 25, 2010  from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Palo Alto High School
50 Embarcadero Rd
Palo Alto, CA, California 94301

Palo Alto High School is across the street from Stanford University, next to the Town and Country Shopping Center Easy to get to, carpool or take mass transit or Cal Train. This event is held in PAHS’s north parking lot at the corner of Embarcadero and El Camino Real.

The 38th Annual EV Rally has production and converted electric vehicles on display (some available for test rides or ride-alongs). Cars, trucks, SUVs, scooters, bikes, and more!

The Electric Auto Association (EAA)has been organizing this event for more than 30 years to help the public learn about electric vehicles. Experts, inventors, students, fans of EV will all be there.Talk to people who have been using electric cars, bikes, scooters, trucks, and SUVs for years!  Taking a “tour” in an electric car is great fun, many of the vehicles are prototypes or one of a kind! Some look like they are straight out of the Jetsons or Flintstones cartoons, colors, shapes, styles and innovations abound.

Exhibit vehicles  include:

  • Tesla Roadster
  • Corbin Sparrow
  • Chevy S-10 Truck EV
  • Ford Ranger Truck EV
  • Toyota RAV4-EV
  • VW Golf EV conversion
  • Mazda Miata EV conversion
  • MG Midget EV conversion
  • Porsche 914 EV conversion
  • Other conversion EVs
  • Electric bikes, scooters, and motorcycles
  • … and many others

There will be EV component suppliers, solar panel vendors, local clean air organizations, and a solar oven display. ( quick rambling: I’ve had chocolate chip cookies from baked in a solar oven, not to be missed!) For vehicle display and rally participation (for drivers), we request $20 for the first car, and $10 for each additional car. For interested vendors, please see our website for contact information.

Please visit EAASV’s web site for vehicle participation registration form, instructions, and the latest details on expected vendors and vehicles.

High MPG Cars

With the Toyota Prius being the darling of the Hybrid movement, there are more innovations on the way. The styling, cost, range, battery life are all considerations, but more offerings are always good news.  p.s.  Felix Kramer is a local guy, an amazing innovator pushing forward with plug in Prius cars. See Cal Cars.

GM Chevy Volt, due out 2010, estimated price $40-50K

Nissan Leaf, due out late 2010, 100 mile range

Tesla Roadster, available now for $109K,  240 mile range, Show Room in Menlo Park on El Camino Real, and many other events. 2X more efficient than a Prius.  (I can dream!)

Dodge Circuit EV, 150 mile range, no cost data yet

Mini-E, 150 mile range, price rumored to be $35K with a lease possible, has the same great Mini Cooper look