AD #2372 – Porsche Mission E Now the Taycan, AxleTech Develops New E-Axle, UAW Facing Tumultuous Convention

June 11th, 2018 at 12:19pm

Runtime: 7:39

0:28 UAW Facing Tumultuous Convention
1:24 Porsche Mission E Now the Taycan
1:54 Weekend Racing Results
3:08 AxleTech Develops New E-Axle
3:52 New Hub Motor Ready for Mass Production
4:48 Honda Looks Back in Time with Retro Motorcycles
5:53 GM’s Smooth Steering Super Cruise System

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15 Comments to “AD #2372 – Porsche Mission E Now the Taycan, AxleTech Develops New E-Axle, UAW Facing Tumultuous Convention”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Could some of the benefits mentioned with a hub motor outweigh the unsprung weight that it also delivers; after all, the vehicle mentioned is supposedly one of the ‘ultimate driving machines’.

  2. Lex Says:

    When are we going to get the new 2019 Subaru Forester in the AAH studio? Also is there any news on the new Honda Passport?

  3. Danny Turnpaugh Says:

    Surprised you didn’t mention that the celebrity that waved the checkered flag at the Canadian Grand Prix was 1 or 2 laps early before the race was ocer. Drivers were worried fans would be getting onto track while cars were still racing my local TV station in Indy mentioned.

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Yep, checkers waving one lab too early (fortunately, no harm, no foul). And while the top contenders didn’t provide too much action, I wouldn’t call (the race) a snooze-fest; the mid pack and back markers provided an interesting event. IMO

  5. motorman Says:

    so caddy’s super cruise does not work if there are no traffic marker lines on the road correct ?

  6. motorman Says:

    Does this mean that caddy’s super cruise will not work unless there are traffic lines on the road ??

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I suspect the drivers in the Canadian GP were hearing radio messages telling them the the checkered flag they saw was just kidding.

    1) Yeah, I wouldn’t think at extra 40-50 pounds of unsprung weight per wheel would be something you’d want in an “ultimate driving machine.”

    I see that the Honda Super Cub will have an automatic clutch, like the old one, but the Monkey will have a regular clutch. Both are only 4-speed. I guess that’s part of the retro thing, in addition to the styling.

  8. Lisk Says:

    Although it will still set you bask $5000, Caddy’s Super Cruise let’s you know all of the systems faults and limitations up front. You really get little more than an enhaced cruise control. There are only certain roadways that it will work on and when you leave those highways, it’s back to driving again. I do like the systems ability to tell whether the driver is paying attention of not, but even in the 60 seconds of monitoring before it turns off, you’ve traveled mile or more. True autonomy is still a long way away…

  9. wl simpson Says:

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    #8 As I have stated here before I believe that any automaker that offers a stage of autonomy other than full autonomy is handing out loaded guns. IMO this is a technology that needs to be an all or nothing. I mean offering parking assist lane departure warnings and active cruise which adjusts speed is fine but any version of turning over control to the vehicle and at some point requiring the driver to take over is a crash waiting to happen. People are horribly distracted with smart phones already while they are supposed to be paying attention and driving I can only imagine once they think the car has control and they can not pay attention at all, they will forget they are still the back up to the system. Maybe I’m wrong and I hope I am but I truly feel anything other than full autonomy is a Beta testing phase and should be treated as such.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10) I tend to agree, but I wonder if there is enough data to really know if these semi-autonomous systems cause more, or few crashes? There have been some fatalities with Tesla’s “autopilot,” but do we know how many per 100M miles driven, and how the rate compares with regular human control. Also, do we know how non-fatal crash rates compare?

  12. phred Says:

    For naming a new car…don’t they usually do focus groups? That are not drunk?
    For hub motors…the in-sprung weight will be a big problem for any platform that is light weight and needs road hugging performance. A Clunky van, suv, or truck would probably not notice.

  13. merv Says:

    that hub motor is amazing,makes you wonder whats coming next?

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    They claim 90% efficiency for those hub motors, which is up there with other EV motors. They sound good for battery EV’s, if unsprung weight doesn’t matter much. They would be great for packaging. Time will tell if two hub motors would be price-competitive with one physically small high rpm motor, and the hardware that needs to go with it.

  15. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Who would ditch cruise control (I’m sure some but this is so helpful in reducing driver fatigue that the good far out weighs any negative), but then came along adaptive cruise control and this seemingly was integrated without objection too (and for the same reasons). So now Supercruise (level 2 autonomy) has made its appearance, and as an option, should also be embraced (if you decide you want to partake). Even Autopilot is safe if you use it as instructed.

    We still have drivers and need drivers in our vehicles, and until full autonomy with riders/passengers, attention to operation will be required, so these driver assets but shouldn’t be banned or the bane of other operators.