AD #2360 – Dana Develops Electric Axles for China, Workhorse Tests Drone Package Delivery, Toyota Puts Its History Online

May 23rd, 2018 at 11:58am

Runtime: 6:55

0:29 U.S. Sales Forecast to Drop in May
1:05 Price of Raw Materials Going Up
1:45 JLR’s Earnings Drop
2:53 Dana Develops E-Axle for Chinese Market
3:48 Daimler Highlights Factory of the Future
5:22 Workhorse Tests Drone Package Delivery
6:09 Toyota Puts Its History Online

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8 Comments to “AD #2360 – Dana Develops Electric Axles for China, Workhorse Tests Drone Package Delivery, Toyota Puts Its History Online”

  1. Barry T Says:

    Drone delivery systems continue to evolve. I wonder if the Workhorse drone poses any danger to the driver loading the package? Snap!

  2. MJB Says:

    I’m guessing that Workhorse is just taking baby steps towards a more fully autonomous mode of delivery sometime in the future.

    Because the only benefit I can see of what was shown here (package droned 50 feet from delivery truck to front door) is that Workforce can now hire partially disabled delivery truck drivers (seeing as how they’d not need to exit the vehicle to make package drops). Otherwise, this seems like it’d take longer than just running the package to the door.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Lawyers will like the drone deliveries, when people start getting hit in the face by the machines.

  4. Barry Says:

    John,
    Concerning the increase of raw materials costs, would it be even higher for EV’s?

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    Forget drones and just make an Autonomus vehicle that has a robotic arm that can deliver packages. More practice and closer to becoming a reality than drones. Besides EVs are much quieter than flying drones and their buzzing sound which would become annoying very quickly.

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    What kind of agenda is Merrill Lynch after? Trying to sway the public against the stronger growing economy? Cause seems like it would have been very easy to show in their chart everything in dollars or everything in percentages. So they are either trying to send a message or just too lazy to complete all the data. Cause if $2000 was 6% in 2016 $4500 would be 13.5% and 10% would be about $3,333 which is less than it was in 2011. Assuming the same car price. But that could have easily been figured in. Just sounds worse the way they present it.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    To me, the interesting thing Merrill Lynch had to say, is that raw materials are a very small part of the cost of a car.

    As Barry said, raw material costs would be much higher for EV’s. Most of what I’ve heard is that raw materials are 1/4 to 1/3 of the cost of batteries.

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    Here I finished the chart for ML
    Year Avg car price Matl cost. Percent
    2011. 30,660. $4500. 14.7%
    2016. 34,450. $2000. 6%
    2018. 36,270. $3627. 10%

    So raw material costs may be up but still not to what it was 7 years ago. There is the whole picture.