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BurntOrange

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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:49:24 AM

Google's self-driving car and Elon Musk's electric Tesla might get the most headlines, but a new program in rural Tennessee is proving there can be automotive industry innovators anywhere.

Tucked in the middle of the state, in a town called Spring Hill and a plant once occupied by now-defunct Saturn, is a new start-up accelerator called AutoXLR8R. All summer long, 10 teams of entrepreneurs have been at work building businesses around technologies that improve vehicular safety, emissions or energy-efficiency.

One eliminates the need to plug in an electric vehicle. Another helps make it possible for the average person to ride in a self-driving car.

These men and women might not be located in innovation labs at General Motors or Ford, but they aren't designing vehicle cupholders in ...
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bston
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:16:06 PM

The Jetson's gave us a lot to dream about.
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BEGTWO
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 8:09:08 AM

If I can fold it up and put in my briefcase...I'll Take It!!!
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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 6:54:26 AM

I'll take one.
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Eugenian
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 3:21:22 AM

"That 'Jetsons' car may not be far off"

How long have we been hearing that?
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heydano67
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 2:49:52 AM

scary thought
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Alaydown
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:32:05 AM

The last thing this country needs are flying cars in the control of some of the morons who currently drive.
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mpg611
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:11:15 AM

As soon as this kind of car is available, that will be regulation bait for the Democrats and Republicans.
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esq262
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:33:51 PM

Interesting.
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vjs3
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:32:46 PM

Amazing how some cartoonists turn out to be visionaries.
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mike56MI
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:04:33 PM

Sure
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PathfinderSC
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 4:40:27 PM

Someone is a big dreamer
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rcornel
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 3:18:10 PM

We shall see.
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cmgodwin
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 2:38:35 PM

may not be far off is nice headline, the Jetsons' car is light years away
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evowner
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:59:13 PM

Positive article about the automotive possibilities in the future.
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schatzila
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:48:38 PM

haha, that's a good one.
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streetdesign
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:12:07 PM

Sounds interesting. I'm all for it if it will get rid of the poor drivers on the road today.
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wrunner
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:05:21 PM

Fascinating!

If it is powered by dilithium crystal, then maybe it can also fly around.

I'll see it when I believe it.

Meanwhile, George Jetson needs to carpool with Dagwood Bumstead.

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peakkeller
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:58:52 AM

Automobile innovation here in the US - awesome!
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missypags69
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:53:26 AM

thats a scary thought
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skinsfan125
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:44:31 AM

scary.
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Nikontraveler
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:39:09 AM

Great, Drunks driving "Airmobiles" Crashing AND falling into houses, streets, factories, stores and where ever else.

[Edited by: Nikontraveler at 8/19/2013 11:41:33 AM EST]
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Wanda127
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:36:57 AM

I agree "bklynse" but it would be nice if we could just lift up our cars long enough to get over congested areas on the highways.
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screwoilco
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:06:19 AM

cool
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jjjleblanc
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:33:27 AM

More modern problems.
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endymion
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:08:00 AM

don't hold your breath.
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bklynse
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:54:28 AM

As it stands right now... people can't drive on the roads we have built for them... So, we're going to give them flying cars? Just imagine cars crashing in the air and then falling on top of cars on the ground...

The infrastructure isn't even there to support such nonsense.

People... get a grip and focus on REAL problems... not pie-in-the-sky bullshit...
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BBF_PFS
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:39:14 AM

Just what we need no really.
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Infidels
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:36:17 AM

his boy Elroy... daughter Judy..... Jane his wife
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postcard9
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:30:50 AM

I like to be the pilot.
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rosa403
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:23:52 AM

we will see
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Skunk63
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:20:29 AM

Hopefully something will come out of that incubator that's worth investing in.
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pscamp
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:12:17 AM

Interesting
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Winatgas
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:08:00 AM

Innovation, particularly open innovation brings together people that have been in other industries and are able to bring their expertise together and solve problems and invent new and profitable ventures.
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LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:06:34 AM

Catchy name: the AutoXLR8R. Everyone will be running to their local auto dealer and having that name slip off their tongue to place their orders.
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gsofrs
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:03:23 AM

One day
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GingoutMD
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:50:45 AM

If this think tank can actually produce something other than ideas, than I'm all for it.
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MiataPrincess
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:44:42 AM

not a car for me
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flatrock14
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:33:02 AM

I like the jetsons
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amoshins
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:32:43 AM

Not sure if I agree with the title of the article, but the research looks promising
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lcleveland
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:26:53 AM

nothing like being able to snooze while you drive
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rampower80
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:25:44 AM

Awesome!
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NilesBishop
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:22:30 AM

This is American Ingenuity at it's best.
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00MrSlate00
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:19:09 AM

Is Astro part of the package?
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AVKZ
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:18:42 AM

It would be cool.
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cashpile
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:08:16 AM

I envision more of a 'Fifth Element' kind of car and corresponding space congestion.
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qwerty17
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:05:52 AM

jane, stop this crazy thing...
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LanguageMan1
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:55:38 AM

Funny, I was just thinking of it a few days back and what I could do to make it a reality.
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EnviroChemist
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:54:35 AM

An automotive innovation think tank in Tennessee great!
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:54:22 AM

i think i will pass
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markcayer
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:50:50 AM

o great! ... Bad drivers in 3 dimensions ...
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