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Tiny Sensor Monitors Batteries on Start-Stop Cars

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Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   2/6/2015 7:07:46 PM
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You're right, bobjengr. Reliability -- particularly the reliability of the starter motor -- is a key issue here. The number of starts in the average vehicle's lifetime will jump from 30,000 to 300,000.

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Charles Murray   2/6/2015 7:02:56 PM
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The trend appears to be gaining even more momentum, Liz. Ford now says that 70% of its vehicles will hav start-stop by 2017. More than 60% of new vehicles in Europe now include it. This is one trend that won't go away.

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bobjengr   7/14/2014 5:36:30 PM
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Charles, one factor I'm particularly interested in is the reliability of the start-stop systems.  I think these systems will be very hard on mechanical components and wear will be a real issue.  Periodic maintenance will be a must for these systems to survive.  I would also like to know what warranties might be applied.   The sensor is great because it appears to be non-invasive relative to the battery.  This, obviously, is a much needed component and will find great acceptance.  Great post. Very informative. 

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Elizabeth M   5/13/2014 4:10:49 AM
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How much do you want to bet, Chuck? ;) Just kidding--I wouldn't bet against you, given how closely and well you follow the auto industry. I am sure you're right! I myself only drive older cars these days, so I'd have to rent a car at some point to experience this trend. Actually, come to think of it, I did use a rental car not long ago and I do believe it had this feature, or something like it.

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Charles Murray   5/12/2014 6:13:05 PM
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Agreed, That said, Liz, I'd still bet money that start/stop will come up big in the next ten years.  

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Elizabeth M   5/6/2014 4:32:17 AM
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You are so right, Chuck. Consumers are fickle indeed, especially with new features in their beloved cars. Transparency is indeed what will be the deal breaker here.

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Charles Murray   5/2/2014 6:29:57 PM
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Agreed, Cabe. As small as this is, it's an important component. If a car can't restart after stopping at a traffic light, that would be a big problem.

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Charles Murray   5/2/2014 6:28:41 PM
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Liz, I think the success of start-stop will hinge on its ability to be invisible to drivers. Right now, it appears to be fairly transparent, but we'll know better when more of these cars hit the road. All it takes is a repetitive minor annoyance to turn consumers off.

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a.saji   4/30/2014 4:39:19 AM
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@Elizabeth: Its just a  matter of fact on one's opinion isn't it ? Some may take the environment side where as the others might take the personal side.  

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Elizabeth M   4/30/2014 4:34:31 AM
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That's a very good question, indeed, tekochip. Just because something might be good for the car itself or the environment doesn't mean consumers, who are comfortable with a certain standard or idea, will accept it.

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