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Shuichi Shigeno, author of the popular manga series Initial D, revealed earlier this week that he would be launching a new series in Kodansha’s Young Magazine. The new manga, titled EV Ghost, explores the future of automotive sports where AI driving systems and electric vehicles have begun to replace traditional gasoline fueled transportation. Following the…

via ‘Initial D’ Author Launches New Series About Self-Driving Cars — Anime Maru


8 thoughts on “RUNNING IN THE 90s

  1. It is a little strange, even modern cars to older ones. I’ve had people tell me “A millennial who can drive a manual, who’d have thought…” and things like that. I really like the feeling of cars from the 80s and 90s. It’s the perfect sweet spot of most creature comforts but still feeling like a normal car to me, and not disconnected.

    As far as self driving and electric car utopias. I think for USA and even areas like Russia, it’s doubtful. Where I live there’s really quite a lot of class divide regarding cars. I see Teslas a lot, and even a Pagani today. But there’s lots of 80s scrap metal trucks with mismatched body panels, dented to hell, maybe no grille anymore, etc. Beater Accords from the 90s spray painted primer black with a Puerto Rican flag hanging from the mirror, etc. Where cars are a luxury item (like for the most part, they seem to be in Japan…) you can have these Utopian dreams of this sorta thing, but I just don’t see it possible in USA on a grand scale, or else nobody would go anywhere. Also one interesting thing to add is due to cars being made better, and possibly the not as great state of the economy compared to the 60s-80s, cars are being kept a lot longer here. Average vehicle age in USA is now 11.5 years. Very interesting note with the Tower of Power album cover as well.

    The other thing is driving distances, too. Sure, the very highest upper end of EVs can make it, but for some people here, the amount of driving is nuts. For me, I’m pretty conservative at about 10-12K miles per year, and about 200-300 per week, but my father drives 50K miles per year, and my friend as an EMT drives (in his own personal vehicle to multiple jobs in different areas of the state) about 30K per year. Average EV gets about 80 miles per charge, my father averages 136 per day, but quite often does 200-300 per day or more.

    Really now, though, I’m loving trains and subways after my trip. Can’t have nice things if you spend half your budget on war across the world, though. :/

    1. Train travel is the shit. I’d never get into a car, or even a plane, if trains were available and fast.

      Never made sense to me why railways tanked in much of the developed world.

  2. Trains work very well in mainland Europe, especially France/Germany, even in rural towns. Dirt cheap too in socialist democracyland France. Stuff like the TGV trains are made possible by nuclear power and the collective hivemind of all Europeans willing it to exist. Unless there’s a strike.

    Less so in Ireland – your options are car or horse. Drinking down in the countryside and the question came up of electric cars and self-driving cars. Some reckoned the horse was superior – it needed no advanced technology, could refuel easily and could get you home even after you drank yourself to unconsciousness.

    1. Dumb question, maybe not dumb question. Ireland is right hand drive, right? Ever think of importing any old JDM cars to Ireland? How bad/complex/expensive is it?

      1. Definitely doable. Seen a lot of modded JDM cars here in Ireland, even seen a few illegal races along the coast late at night.

        Supposedly the prices here in Ireland are undercosted – lots of young fellas bought them during the boom and sold/scrapped them in the crash to survive. But insurance on these is murder.

        I am not that into cars yet so haven’t thought about it. But I have been playing eurobeat while driving my 1.1l Hyundai i10.

      2. Does Ireland by any chance have any classic vehicle insurance? It’s one provision in USA that’s pretty convenient, and I plan to put it on my Supra if it’s back on the road. Basically, car has to be 25 years or older, and you can only drive it anywhere from about 1000 to 5000 miles per year, depending on your policy, and you can’t drive it to work, and the car needs to be appraised as well. Anyway, a normal policy might be about $700-1500 per year, depending on a lot of factors. But a classic policy can be anywhere from $100 to $400 or so per year, just you can’t commute to work with the vehicle, and have a mileage cap.

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