Smartphones, fitness trackers, smart bulbs, and other popular devices have long ceased to surprise us. But there are technologies in the world that not everyone in Russia knows about, and this is despite the fact that in other countries they are familiar to the majority. An example is the automatic driving system in automobiles. Many modes of transport are equipped with sensors that help them drive independently along the tracks, focusing on road markings and signs. But in Russia, such a luxury is available only in big cities, because there are not always markings on country roads, and there are very few cars with an automatic driving system. Let’s find out what other technologies are available abroad, but in Russia, for one reason or another, they are not available.
Solar panel rooftops
Tesla electric cars in Russia can be bought through companies – the largest in that industry is the Moscow Tesla Club. However, in addition to the production of electric cars, Tesla offers customers a service for installing solar panels on rooftops, and this service is not available in Russia. Initially, power generation with panels was only available to residents of sunny California and Florida, but then the technologies appeared in more northern states. With the help of such panels, homeowners can significantly save on electricity.
It may seem that installing solar panels is far from the best solution. Firstly, in most of the country, the weather is usually cloudy, and the sun is far from always able to saturate the batteries with energy. Secondly, in winter, the roofs of houses are covered with a thick layer of snow, and the panels would become useless.
However, if Tesla solar roofs were available in Russia, the last problem would not be relevant. The fact is that the Solar Roof offered by the company is a complete replacement for the standard roof. The coating constantly releases a certain amount of heat, so the snow on the roofs does not linger for a long time.
Smart home with thermostat and camera
In Russia, at least until recently, almost all Apple devices were available for purchase. But the technologies from Google were never officially sold – Pixel smartphones, thermostats, and other devices could only be bought from intermediaries. At the moment, residents of the US and other countries can buy “smart” security cameras, doorbells, and other home improvement equipment from Google. With the help of them, you can monitor the house through your smartphone, while at work or on vacation.
Of course, anyone can create a “smart” home – there would be a desire. After all, there are many analogs of advanced doorbells and other equipment from third-party manufacturers on sale. Yes, and intermediaries with great pleasure can sell the brought equipment, but it will certainly work with restrictions. Despite all this, at the moment the supply of apartments with intellectual equipment in Russia is not very popular. For most people, the maximum is buying a speaker with a voice assistant or a light bulb controlled by a smartphone.
Charging stations for cars
A very interesting vicious circle operates in Russia. Most people don’t want to buy electric cars because even in big cities, charging stations can be counted on the fingers. And there are so few charging stations because people rarely buy electric cars. If you look at the map of places where you can officially charge your car, you can see that there are catastrophically few of them. We can say that there are practically no conditions for comfortable maintenance of an electric Tesla, Nissan, or another car in Russia.
Fortunately, the situation may improve for the better in the coming years. Recently it became known that by 2024 11,000 new electric filling stations will appear in Russia, and by 2030 there will be 50,000 of them. In addition, interesting events are taking place in the automotive industry. In the coming years, Muscovites will appear on the roads, and in the future, they may become electric.
Internet in 5G networks
In Russia, as in some other countries, people are very suspicious of 5G technology. The fact is that conspiracy theorists believe that with the help of a new generation of mobile Internet, someone else will be able to control their thoughts. Of course, this is impossible – the technologies will only speed up data transfer. The 5G network is well deployed in the US, China, South Korea, and several other countries.
In Russia, the situation is incomprehensible. Only residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg can connect to the new generation network, and even then, not in every place. And this is despite the fact that many people have smartphones with 5G Internet support – in 2021, models with the corresponding module occupied 8% of the mobile device market. Considering that many network equipment vendors are shutting down exactly when we will be able to use high-speed Internet, it is impossible to say.
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