AD #2152 – GM & UAW Concerned Over Sales Slump, Audi Issues Diesel Recall, Do We Need Traffic Lights in The Future?

July 21st, 2017 at 11:55am

Runtime: 8:33

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- GM & UAW Concerned Over Sales Slump
- German OEMs Investigated Over Collusion
- German Automakers Agree to Software Updates
- Audi Issues Diesel Recall
- Nissan ProPILOT Not an Autonomous System
- Hyperloop: From NY To DC In 29 Minutes
- Do We Need Traffic Lights in The Future?
- Overcoming Consumer Resistance to Data Collection

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26 Comments to “AD #2152 – GM & UAW Concerned Over Sales Slump, Audi Issues Diesel Recall, Do We Need Traffic Lights in The Future?”

  1. Ron Paris Says:

    So Elon Musk has received “verbal government approval” to build a New York-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC Hyperloop underground and you ask what that means. What that means is with that and $3, he can probably buy a cup of coffee and continue looking for taxpayer subsidies wherever he can find them!

  2. BobD Says:

    GM car sales… While this is a problem, some of the examples are explainable… The Sonic is likely down because GM has been offering much larger incentives on Cruze, which is slightly bigger and a much better car. Current incentives are $2500 for a Cruze, but only $500 for the Sonic. Also, the Buick Verano is being phased out. The 2016 and 2017 models remained on the first generation Cruze platform and competes against the new Cruze on a much better/lighter second-gen platform. There will not be a 2018 Verano other than in China.

  3. Dan Turnpaugh Says:

    Wonder how pickup and large SUV sales are? Seems when gas prices are lower bigger vehicles sell better

  4. Kit Gerhartk Says:

    2 Tbe Cruze is not only better tban the Sonic, but the Sonic is old, in today’s world, now entering its 7th model year.

    John or Sean, do you know how the Cruze hatch is selling? I like it, but was a little shocked to see a $28K+ sticker on one at the local dealer.

  5. Wade MIddleton Says:

    Take the autonomous landscape a step further–what will the vehicle be like? I will call it a “T-Mod’ for Transportation Module. It won’t need taillights or stop lights, turn signals, safety bumpers, maybe not even seat belts!
    This will certainly reduce some costs to design and manufacture with fewer regulations in mind.

  6. Steve W Says:

    How can you be safe with no traffic lights? The assumption that computers will never fail and nobody will be driving their own vehicles is stupid!

  7. GM Veteran Says:

    So many HL questions! How deep will the tunnel be? How long will it take to get permission from all of the landowners along that route? Once the boring, tubing, station and capsule expense is added up, how much will those tickets cost? I bet a plane ticket on one of the many daily commuter flights would be far less.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m afraid Elon’s Mach 1 subway is only a pipe dream. It would cost trillions of dollars to build, and no one would want to pay for it. Elon needs to approach people in China. They actually spend money on infrastructure there.

    If such a train existed, it would be much more efficient than airplanes, but the cost of building it would be out of this world, especially in the hyper developed eastern seaboard.

  9. Chuck Grenci Says:

    The Hyperloop if it ever gets off the ground, oops, if it ever gets ‘under’ the ground, would likely, or at least should, be built in association with Amtrak. The railroads should already hold property rights so a tunnel could be constructed adjoining the current tracks, and as earlier mentioned; if a separate right of way were required, between time delays for acquiring rights of way and condemnation of properties where access does not currently exist delays would be monumental, costly and even more untimely. It would be cool though. ;)

    I think the hot plan to make the hyperloop would be to excavate a deep ditch, lay the pre-fabbed tunnel sections, and cover. Waterway passages and other non-burial areas might be constructed as “L’s” in a bridged tube.

  10. Kit Gerhartk Says:

    Regarding hyperlink, is he even serious about 750 mph? With airplanes, strange things start happening at transonic speeds, like 0.9 mach, well below 750 mph.

  11. Lisk Says:

    10) If he does manage to keep the tube in a vacuum for the 200+ long tube, supersonic pheomomenom

  12. Lisk Says:

    11) oops, sent before I was done-

    If he does manage to keep the tube in a vacuum for 200+ miles the supersonic phenomenon won’t be an issue because there will be no shock wave. It’s just another publicity hype for Elon. Maybe no will notice there hasn’t been any more Model 3 stories since the first “production” car rolled out.

  13. Ukendoit Says:

    Re: autonomous traffic; even though in the near future, not all vehicles will be autonomous, it could be regulated that any vehicle driving on public roads has to have V2V. This way, the level 4/5 vehicles will know you are a human driver so it can yield or be more cautious around you. Likewise, your vehicle could tell you which ones are human drivers and which are auto-autos!
    I was thinking that further in the future, all intersections could be roundabouts so no traffic has to stop, but as seen in the video, they could do that without changing the roads. (The roundabouts would be better though for intermingling of human & auto drivers.)

  14. Kit Gerhartk Says:

    12) I guess it would also help the hypersonic affects if the air column is going a few hundred miles an hour, the same direction as the train.

    For a start, you could cut the DC-NYC rail travel time to a little over an hour with conventional trains going 200 mph, like they have done for years in Japan and France.

  15. joe Says:

    Some more BS from Elon Musk. They should give him a corporate award each year for being the biggest BS’er

  16. Kit Gerhartk Says:

    I’m impressed with the SpaceX rocket booster landings, but beyond that, I tend to be skeptical of most Elon endeavors.

  17. Kate McLeod Says:

    2080 is about 60 years from now. That’s just about as long as it will take to fill the reported 90,000 pot holes in New York’s Five Boroughs. I love these talks about autonomous driving that do not discuss the cost of infrastructure or V to I. Who is going to pay for this? Not the Federal government. Not the states. Hmmmm. That means the consumer will be footing the bill

  18. Kit Gerhartk Says:

    A lot would need to change with the American mentality, regarding paying taxes for the better good, like building infrastructure. A lot could change in 60 years, though.

  19. Chuck Grenci Says:

    #18, not the Kit we know (a different one; check the last name)

    What you speak is of a more socialistic society, and that in my opinion ‘ruined’ the U.S.; use-tax, o.k., general taxation for the common good, not good. “Read Atlas” Shrugged by Ann Rand, and while it goes a little far, makes sense (at least to me). This of course is JMHO.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    18, 19
    That was me, the regular Kit, but with a typo–started typing email address without moving cursor.

    I like a certain amount of socialism, such as Medicare, Social Security, good public schools, public roads, etc. I even think using tax money to subsidize mass transit can be a good thing. That’s just me, though.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m kind and watching the Brickyard 400 on TV, and almost no one is in the stands. Is this normal for NASCAR now? Maybe the mid-race breaks, and turning the “championship” into a random event weren’t such great ideas after all.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    That’s kind OF watching…

  23. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Granted the Indy race facility is huge, yet from the earlier races the attendance has dwindled. I watched about ten minutes of the event, and I believe they stopped the race because the rain was coming; hadn’t even received any moisture………….yet? NASCAR continues its slide IMO; under the present format, I see a continued decline.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    They stopped the race for about two hours after 12 laps, because it looked like rain. I think tbey sold out, or nearly so the first year or two, but that was 1994.

  25. Chuck Grenci Says:

    There was supposed to be a mandatory yellow at lap twenty. Since it just looked like rain, it seems to me, that they should have striven to reach the pre-scheduled yellow and call it a ‘two-fer’.

  26. BobD Says:

    According to the IndyStar, the first few years had 300,000 attendees (full capacity). Last year was 65,000. Estimated attendance this year was 35,000 due to the heat and threat of rain. The race was stopped at lap 12 before the rains started due to the lightening in the area, and the recognition that fans in the bleachers were exposed. Red-flagging the race encouraged the fans to seek shelter. The 2018 race is being moved to September when it is likely to be a little cooler. This may or may not improve attendance.