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Who can build a better car: Google vs Government Subsidized Manufacturer? [VIDEO]

Fef 2012/03/29 21:43:26
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Should taxpayers subsidize for-profit auto ventures like Fisker or rely on privately funded for-profit ventures like Google to make cars?
Watch this video to see something amazing... a self-driving car funded by Google and powered by Google technology.

Compare that with the fiasco of government subsidized Fisker car company. They've had battery recalls, production delays, sky-rocketing prices, canceled orders... and break-downs like this video

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  • P. Sturm 2012/04/02 06:54:55
    Privately funded cars
    P. Sturm
    But it does depend on the incentive and the program development model. I'd take the exact same prototype from DARPA subsidized over private in a shot.
  • Rubyking 2012/03/31 23:04:38
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    Rubyking
    the government has no money
  • frank 2012/03/31 17:09:29
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    frank
    The government might be able to make a gar as good as privet industry but with all the red tape it would take at least 5 times longer and cost ten times as much.
  • stevmackey 2012/03/30 12:25:57
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    stevmackey
    Just remember that the only two governments that enforced car design were both socialist. They were Russia, Skoda, and Germany, the "peoples car", Volkswagen. Nobody made money from these.
  • DuncanONeil 2012/03/30 11:13:21
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    DuncanONeil
    If you need an example just look to the Trabant!
  • Gregaj7 2012/03/30 04:36:19
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    Gregaj7
    However, I will NOT EVER own a car that controls itself!! That's MY job, and I'm damn good at it!!!
  • Mike 2012/03/30 00:01:40
    Privately funded cars
    Mike
    Private companies actually have people that know what they're doing and not career politicians
  • CREW grand 2012/03/29 23:20:52
    Privately funded cars
    CREW grand
    +1
    Private companies are always more innovative than government.
    Government is only good at doing things the outdated traditional way.
    If it were up to them, we'd all still have horses and buggies.

    Don
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2012/03/29 22:56:48
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    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    +1
    I define better as costing less to make than people are willing to pay. I'm sure the Government can create thousands of UAW jobs and build cars to sell for $30-40K that only cost several hundred grand a piece with direct mfg, subsidies, grants and DOE speculative investments in algae or wind power, but that's taxpayer $ at work for you.
  • The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk 2012/03/29 22:31:06
    Privately funded cars
    The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk
    If Google wants to be in the car business I say More power to them. That was amazing, a car that can drive itself, imagine how many accidents would be avoided.
  • Bob DiN 2012/03/29 22:11:37
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    Bob DiN
    +2
    Anyone can do better than the government. You are talking super incompentence when you ytalk government.
  • LAAD Gunner - USMC 2012/03/29 22:06:03
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    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    +5
    Plain and simple, private industry gets things DONE while the government...does NOT.
  • Rore73 2012/03/29 22:03:50
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    Rore73
    +4
    The government should stay out of the private sector. Their idea car, the Cruise is a joke, and actually gets worse gas mileage than some of the foreign models at a lesser price.
  • Lester 2012/03/29 21:50:58
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    Lester
    Google gets massive tax breaks for its clean energy activities. So they are a government subsidized manufacturer.
  • Bob DiN Lester 2012/03/29 22:13:24
    Bob DiN
    +2
    So that makes not a real privately funded company. I say ban any taxpayer funded subsidy.
  • Fef Lester 2012/03/29 22:18:29
    Fef
    Every company gets some subsidies -- tax incentives to make capital expenditures, health care deductions (pre-tax), etc...

    I bet Google would have done a better job without those subsidies!
  • Lester Fef 2012/03/30 00:14:16
    Lester
    Thought I would just point out that Senate Republicans today voted to keep subsidies for the oil companies. Thus the Republicans and Democrats basicly have the same position: there should be subsidies, they just disagree about who should get the subsidies. Since we live with a two party system, and both parties support subsidies, I don't see them disappearing anytime soon.
  • Doc 2012/03/29 21:47:20
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    Doc
    +5
    The government has NEVER made anything better, just more expensive.

    Who else but the government would pay 80k for a toilet seat?
  • Chase Martin 2012/03/29 21:46:34
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    Chase Martin
    +3
    Government subsidies come with government rules! I want to sit at a stoplight and rev my beautiful V8! Government car would sound like an elderly scooter... ;p

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