January 14, 2016
At this point I am completely conflicted, the idealist in me wants to believe Faraday Future might have completely revolutionized the playing field, but the Cynic in me is leaning towards them being just a regular company with a revolutionary marketing team. They have provided no real information, while drumming up hype that would shock lil’ Jon. So now the question is, is the hype warranted, or is it a case of hype overshadowing product. Going back to the interview with Matt Burns of TechCrunch, at no point in the whole interview does anyone mention Autonomous Autos, but it is already documented that Faraday Future is planning on making an autonomous auto, it’s even on their about page. There is no questioning their desire to make a self driving car. The FFZERO1 unveiling; the car may have appeared ridiculous, but is a design that was done just for giggles on the side. Much like the interview, which had Nick Sampson visibly laughing, after seeing Burns get so riled up about the jarring difference between the “Mega-pod” that Alex Roy designed and the FFZERO1. Burns was yelling about the Batmobile’s Smokescreen instead of asking Batman (Lucius Fox?) the right questions. Sampson said that the car would have 5G download speed, which has not even come out yet, but promises to be faster than a Gigabit per second. That is literally ludicrously fast, I honestly don’t think that could be properly utilized by a smartphone (unless that phone Virtual Reality Renderings Loading to do). Verizon stated that they expect to have 5G in some “commercial” form by 2017, so that means that is the earliest we could expect Faraday Future’s first offering. 5G... the only reason someone would really need 5G of download speed would if they are designing the evolution to a smartphone. An object that requires more data than 1GBPs (up to 20). That means that you could download the entire season of your favorite TV show (and then some)... every second. The whole point of 5G is to make the internet of things a reality. A cell phone fulfilled all the desires that could be begotten with a 4G connection, but a car utilizing a 5G network would be far superior central HUB than a phone was even for 4G. An autonomous auto with 5G could revolutionize the both the automotive, technological, virtual reality, and even real estate industries. Stressing the speeds of 5G would require a concerted effort of anyone and everyone making or designing anything that uses electricity. In the internet of things all parts of a system will be able to communicate to both their infrastructure, and the other parts of within the system. If FF is not designing a smartphone inspired platform for cars (think Android for smartphones) someone should be. Because if Faraday Future makes an entirely modular autonomous auto, they could also revolutionize the way people buy cars. In fact, FF has promised exactly that in the form of a subscription based system. If the shell of the car is as readily interchangeable as FF is hinting at, you could feasibly lease or upgrade new shells as easily as one would a new cell phone. Then you would pay for all the 5G connected services that FF and/or LeTV provides.