Here’s a conundrum for you to consider. Auto industry engineers say the computers needed to make autonomous cars possible use so much electrical power, they actually decrease overall efficiency and limit how far an electric car can go on a single battery charge.
We don’t think of the power to run computers all that often. It all happens in the background. Out of sight, out of mind, as the old saying goes. But according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in 2016, 70 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity were needed to run all the servers in the United States.