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    #1 Gary Morrison, Aug 28, 2016
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    Do any of you know what sort of battery-cooling scheme the Prius Prime is slated to use?

    From what I could see in the YouTube videos, the answer is none/air-cooling, which, based upon the Leaf's experience, is a recipe for lawsuit. Then again, maybe it's 8.8KWh capacity is small enough that they can ... fake it ... with only air cooling, but this Central Texan is skeptical!

    One thing -- possibly the only thing, other than (obviously) price compared to Model S/X -- that the Prius Prime seems to have over Tesla is a feature to prevent hitting pedestrians (probably highly valuable in Japan!). Based upon a few YouTube videos, it doesn't appear that Autopilot has been very successful in that regard, or have they fixed/improved that?
     
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    Autopilot is not responsible for hitting pedestrians, the road accidents so far are caused by improper use which Tesla is rectifying in an upcoming software update. Tesla won't be implementing any noise-makers for the time being.

    The road to self-driving cars is going to be a bit bumpy at times but the end result is worth it from a safety aspect so expect a few more incidents, hopefully none of them fatal for anyone.
     
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    I didn't think that it was possible to make a Prius more ugly than the current version, was I ever wrong.
     
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      I was incredibly disappointed at the reveal, and I love the Prius. I'll drive my 2007 Gen till the wheels fall off. Didn't like the interior layout of the Gen 3 except for the V. Now with the Gen 4 they've completed the horrification of the car.
       
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        Last week when walking back from lunch with a co-worker a Model X was stopped at the intersection and I said to her "look, there's the grown up version of what my car will be!" and she proceeded to tell me the weekend prior she was at a local boutique mall and came upon a test drive event for the new prius (giving out $10 if you drove it) and then proceeded to tell me it would drive over 500 miles on it's battery. I told her "no, it will drive about 20ish miles on the battery" and she argued the rest of the walk back to the office that that is not what they told her and it has a huge battery. I said "ok...". ha
         
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          Oh, it definitely will. Just not in a row.
           
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            Yeah, I agree. I have no idea what's going through Toyota's minds regarding styling. And I think that the Prius is among the least bizarrely-styled Toyotas...
             
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            Reasonable; Yes, I was using "Autopilot" generically to include all of Tesla's ADAS capabilities as a whole, and yes, I realize that Autopilot's charter is more specific than that.

            In any case though, I gather from various YouTube videos I've seen that Tesla's ADAS capabilities as a whole aren't very successful in detecting pedestrians that it might hit.
             
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            Neither would my car be. But it also does not claim to.
             

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