AD #1700 – Automakers Pledge to Add Auto Brake, UAW Targets FCA, Google Hires Krafcik

September 14th, 2015 at 11:45am

Runtime: 7:23

- Google Hires Krafcik
- UAW Targets FCA
- Automakers Pledge to Add Auto Brake
- Nissan Reveals Gripz Concept
- Mercedes Teases Concept IAA
- Frankfurt Show Preview

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23 Comments to “AD #1700 – Automakers Pledge to Add Auto Brake, UAW Targets FCA, Google Hires Krafcik”

  1. Tony Gray Says:

    I wish I had autobrake on my Infiniti. It would have saved me (or rather USAA) $4700 after I ass ended a guy who slammed on his brakes for no reason whatsoever at the exact time I was watching the curb to make sure a jogger saw me approaching and wasn’t going to run out in front of me.

    Accident was my fault, pure and simple. First wreck in almost 40 years of driving. But this tech would have prevented it, hopefully.

  2. Tony Gray Says:

    Sorry for the run on sentence. I wish we had the ability to fix those syntax faux pas after the fact.

  3. Clem Zahrobsky Says:

    Auto Brake is not going to help you much if the car behind you does not have it

  4. dcars Says:

    If Fiat is weaker than GM, how could Fiat attempt to purchase GM? If GM wanted to couldn’t they simply buy enough Fiat stock to take control, keep Jeep and the Truck unit and spin off or sell the rest? The Italian Government would never let Fiat portion die thus GM would have a buyer.

  5. marshy Says:

    @dcars – perhaps but I’d wager that the share holders of GM might have some concerns about the upfront shouldering of FCA liabilities.

    It would be a pretty baller move that would need a lot of political (internal and external) to pull off.

  6. Lisk Says:

    FCA as a target, is almost unfair to poor Sergio. If the UAW chooses them as a stike target, one month of not making Jeeps and FCA will be done.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I suspect FCA is the UAW target, because they have a higher percentage of lower tier workers than GM and Ford.

  8. Chuck Grenci Says:

    John picked FCA (before the official announcement); I believe he listed his reasons on the last Autoline After Hours. I believe one of his reasons was, as Kit mentioned, about tier two workers.

  9. Andrew Says:

    Wonder if Auto Braking will help with tailgating?

  10. HtG Says:


    What does it signal that John Kravcik went to Google and not Apple? It’s hard to believe only Google sought out this man’s skills; TrueCar had to know this day was coming.

    One thing it probably means is JK will get to keep driving his Porsche any time he wants to.

  11. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Tony Gray: My grand daughters best friend just totalled out her car due to rear ending someone,it was here fault.Auto braking would have helped her too.

    I have all my insurance/banking etc with USAA also,and my kids too.

  12. Drew Says:

    I believe nearly every OEM that has offed an autobraking system in the U.S. has been sued for unintended braking – Infiniti, Acura, and GM for certain. No one is talking about liabilities. OEMs can’t win – they’ll be sued if they do and sued if they don’t.

  13. Mike Ma Says:

    Autoline’s John McElroy demonstrated his knowledge of the auto business by guessing in last week’s AAH that the UAW should target FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) because they were the weakest of the three and Chrysler had the most Tier 2 workers with the worst employee rewards program as a strike would be like holding a gun to Sergio Marchionne’s head to force for quick negotiations or risk profits from Jeep sales go up in smoke.

  14. Bo Says:

    Dear Autoline,

    You cannot talk about AEBs or autonomous driving without talking about Mobileye. Can you PLEASE do a segment on this innovative, monocamera based company that allows for all functions of ADAS and future autonomous within one package.

    So far, all of you have talked about is Nvidia, but what you guys fail to understand is that, as of right now, Nvidia is useless without the mobileye chip. In fact, during Nvidia’s demonstration of their DrivePX board, they had to ERASE the mobileye EyeQ3 logo off the chip to lie to the press. You guys need to do more research in this and point this out to the public!

  15. HtG Says:

    14 Bo, you may be interested in this development from last week, when Freescale bought Cognivue,

    Looks like the race is on.

  16. Bob Wilson Says:

    I almost did not buy our 2010 Prius because at the time, Toyota required $6,000 of ‘eye candy’ before we could pay $2,000 for auto-braking, lane following, and adaptive cruise control.

    Toyota has announced it with be at least an option on all grades of 2016. I am tempted to replace our 2003 Prius.

    There is no expectation that auto-braking will prevent all accidents. I only want to prevent mine. If others choose to run into us, our insurance company will see them in court.

    Bob Wilson

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m not sure I want autobraking, because in the rare cases where I need to actively avoid accidents, I tend to steer around them, rather than slamming on the brakes. Maybe autobraking wouldn’t prevent my doing that, since the ABS should maintain steering control, but I’d rather take my chances with doing it myself.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Bob, if you see this, what trim level did it take to get that auto-braking, etc., that you wanted, a 5? My 2010 Prius is a zero option “2″ model, but I didn’t want any stuff, beyond what was standard.

  19. HtG Says:

    I will admit that a couple months ago autobraking would have helped me avoid rear ending someone. In stop and go parkway traffic I got distracted checking oncoming cars for anything interesting. Next thing I knew I was madly modulating my brakes to keep from locking my tires and plowing my way into a freshly totalled Civic. It never occured to me to steer around the other car; all too fast. We have to think about normal distracted people, not fancy pants like me with their SkipBarber ‘degrees.’ This auto braking app would also have helped out all the poor shnooks stuck in traffic behind my collision that never happened.

  20. cwolf Says:

    My original guess for the UAW to target was GM and not FCA, but now Johns prediction makes better sense. Given FCA is profitable they are also deeper indebted. Though better suited to eliminate the 2 tier with them increases for tier 1 workers would not be so large as to hinder future expectations to unionize southern hopefuls as what might have been gained from the other Detroit 2.
    Having first hand experience, I do foresee maturing troubles ahead for the UAW; and that is with the UAW represented suppliers. In short, the UAW is throwing three suppliers that I know of under the bus by providing little to no support and miniscule access to UAW legal council during negotiations. It appears the UAW increases for the Detroit 3 will come from the usual pressures from the OEM’s for suppliers to reduce costs once again. Ms. Estrada is supposed to be a supplier rep. but she seems too busy in the Detroit 3 matters to trouble herself in doing her designated job. I predict more will be heard from suppliers of thoughts to get rid of the UAW. For the 2.5 hours/mo. wage cost to the UAW, a growing number are begging to feel under represented and could use the cost savings to compensate for their experienced wage sacrifices. way to go UAW!

  21. Dave Says:

    Just me or does the Bentley Bentayga look way too much like a Dodge Caliber?

  22. Brett Says:

    Driving up and down US1 in Daytona Beach I have seen as many as two heavy rear-end collisions in a single trip this past week. I don’t know why, but autobraking would have saved numerous people a bunch of time and money.

  23. ukendoit Says:

    There was a very minor 3 car fender-bender on my way to work today. I slipped right past it, but I heard from others, the road backed up for miles and hundreds of commuters had a 45 minute longer drive on what should normally take a few minutes to get past. I would like the autobraking for everyone else, as much as for myself, just to alleviate these traffic tie-ups.