AD #2388 – BMW Expands Presence in China, New Stitching Process Uses Lasers, Mercedes Upgrades Its Buses

July 10th, 2018 at 11:42am

Runtime: 7:25

0:34 Baidu Teams with BMW & Hyundai
1:20 BMW Expands Its Presence in China
2:28 New Stitching Process Uses Lasers
3:05 Mercedes Electrifies Citaro Bus
4:03 Advanced Driver Assist Systems for Buses
5:21 Nissan Plans for Future of Auto Industry

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8 Comments to “AD #2388 – BMW Expands Presence in China, New Stitching Process Uses Lasers, Mercedes Upgrades Its Buses”

  1. phred Says:

    Still no mention about the NISSAN cheating scandal in Japan for the emissions testing.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Jose Munoz said pretty much what I would expect to hear from every Automotive CEO. Every automaker out there is trying to figure out how to position themselves for this shift to EV, AV and mobility services. Its no doubt going to mesh the auto industry with the likes of silicon valley.
    Sometimes a wonder with all the money that is being thrown at this type of technology if it might make sense to sit back see what develops and then jump in afterwards. Could be a huge waste of money and resources if in ten years EVs are not any more attractive than they are now. If EVs do not become as reliable and marketable as they hope. And if mobility services only become popular is major cities (which is what I expect) then a ton of money will have been wasted to get in front of a race that never develops.
    Even if one of these technologies become mainstream what would be the cost to jump into the game late? Cause it seems with the millions of dollars being thrown at positioning that may not bear fruit if you set those funds aside in 5 years with interest you would have a huge chunk of cash to buy the technology or company that develops the best system. IMO

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    Having driven trucks and owned a (motorhome) bus I could see the active braking system being turned off. If you have ever watched buses at a sports venue or concert and how close they drive next to each other and objects the bus would be braking all the time. Even at bus stops I have watched drivers barely miss parked cars in order to fit where they need to go.
    Will be surprised to see how well this works in everyday use.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    Jose Munoz said pretty much what I would expect every automotive CEO to say. Yes they are all trying to position themselves to be a leader in EV, AV and mobility services.

    My question is what if EVs and even AVs never fully pan out. What if mobility services are as popular as Uber and lift but now bring many more players to the game slicing the market even thinner.

    Might it be worth taking those millions even billions of dollars, and setting them aside collecting interest and jump into the game once the picture is more clear. Kind of like when ABS was developed. Had little affect who offered it first. Robert Bosch got a patent in the mid 1930s but it didnt even start to be used in production until 1970s and not made mandatory until 2004. Could be a huge waste of money and resources just to say your first and share the pie as if you participated all along. JMHO

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 I still say the technology of all EV’s is about the same. The control electronics is mature, except for getting cheaper. There are two or three types of motors, with no big performance difference. All the batteries are similar, with range determined by how many you carry. The thing that separates different EV’s is price, and the packaging.

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    Kit I agree and I just see a whole lot of money being thrown at a technology (specifically AV) that has yet to be proven reliable on all roads in all conditions. I’m not sure if that will ever be possible at least in the next 30 or 40 years. So think of the cash pile a maker would have to take the money they are using now to jockey for position and just swoop in and buy the company that develops a break through battery or AV technology.
    I know that seems to be a lazy approach in not being involved in the development but with so many other companies already working on it and most likely it will be a tech company not automotive company that develops the next best battery or AV technology or even mobility app.
    I just look at it like when Uber or lift were developed (cause not sure who was first), how difficult was it for the second one to launch? Following a similar business model without all the R&D money up front. I have a feeling thats exactly what the Chinese will do.
    Personally I just think there is a lot of money being thrown at partnerships that will likely not bear fruit. Like the CEOs are not sure what to do to prepare for this shift in technology so to appear to be doing something they throw money at the problem. Partner with this company develop this division and hope something comes out of it. IMO

  7. Lambo2015 Says:

    Oh and the advance driver assist for buses. Seems great in theory. Just watch buses maneuver through a city one day. Watch them at a sporting even or concert and you will see how close they drive to many objects from parked cars, Other buses, people, telephone poles and signs. Automatic braking will have the bus stopping all the time and I suspect the system will get shut off most of the time. Then someone will get hurt and they will question why the system was shut off.

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sorry for the repeats not sure how that happened