AD #2599 – USPS Tests Autonomous Truck, GM Introduces All-New Electrical Architecture, R.I.P. Niki Lauda

May 21st, 2019 at 11:38am

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Runtime: 6:51

0:07 Tesla’s Stock Takes a Hit
0:40 U.S. Postal Service Tests Autonomous Truck
1:33 FMCSA Considers Teens for Trucking Industry
2:43 Slow Truck Roll Out Clouds GM’s Competitiveness
3:29 GM Introduces All-New Electrical Architecture
5:10 Citroen Helps Cure Motion Sickness
5:43 R.I.P. Niki Lauda

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28 Comments to “AD #2599 – USPS Tests Autonomous Truck, GM Introduces All-New Electrical Architecture, R.I.P. Niki Lauda”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    Kind of funny that the story following the postal service use of self driving trucks is a story about trying to get more drivers by lowering the age to 18. I don’t see a problem with lowering the age as long as they get the proper training. When I turned 18 I got my CLD and was driving for a construction company. I drove strait trucks hauling sand and gravel and tractor trailers with a lowboy haulng a 50 ton crane around town.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Extremely poor decision on GMs part to delay OTA capabilities to protect the dealer network. Someone felt rather than offering their customers the very best technology and convenience of getting updates in their driveway that forcing them to go to the dealership was the best decision? Keep thinking that way GM and FCA will outsell more than just your truck.

  3. bradley cross Says:

    Institutional investors are running away from unstable Tesla. Looks like even some personal supporters have let go. Tesla will get a bump when they start local deliveries in China.

    Teamsters are simply protecting their members.

    Post office should be driving EVs for local deliveries.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    3 So Tesla had something like 500k reservations for the model 3 even before it was available. I wonder how many of those orders are filled. I found it very odd that 3 months ago they said you could take delivery within weeks of placing a order. Tells me they never had that many pre-orders or people have reconsidered. I also wonder how many new orders are still coming in? Many here have said that EVs although very cool and fun to drive still have their limitations that will prevent a large portion of society from buying them. Maybe we have reached the peak and sales are going to hold or even decline on EVs. That would be detrimental to Tesla.

  5. Larry D. Says:

    4 Or maybe not. Half the states don’t even allow Tesla to sell their cars there, including mine, they have to drive 3 hrs to Cleveland to get one. Fortunately, unlike Ford and GM and FCA, Tesla is a 100% american company whose cars are desirable all over the world, and with the Tesla 3 already breaking sales records in Europe and soon to be made in the biggest (twice the size of the US) EV market of them all, CHina, I would not worry about Wall Steet not buying it as they bought GM and Chrysler in 2008 and lost ALL their $.

    Still, I remember Bob Wilson, at the time he bought his Tesla 3, he said he also bought Tesla shares at $300 or more. This got to hurt now.

    Yet, if Shares keep dropping, Musk with his 23 bill net worth, a good part of which should not be in Tesla shares, can buy it back for a song and take it private and have full control over it.

  6. Drew Says:

    As regular cabs are only about 10% of the truck market and staggered launches of 3/4-ton (and more) models is common practice, I’d say GM is battling with one pinky finger tied to a ring finger.

    I know several Silverado lessees. Every one of them say they will purchase their present vehicle or switch to Ford/Ram as they despise the styling of the new truck. The Sierra styling isn’t as bad

  7. Larry D. Says:

    6 does any of the several lessees you know actually need a pickup?

    As for the styling, the new Silverado looks a lot like the one from the 90s, I remember a colleague who got one back then, white on maroon, it looked good then, but for 2020 buyers want something that looks much newer than that. And yes, he did need it, he lives in a farm.

  8. Drew Says:

    I think AAH can safely assume Carl has survived Ford’s “Passover” tragedy this week.

  9. Larry D. Says:

    Regarding professional drivers, I read there is a severe shortage of them, but if freight transportation in the US was rational, using trains intensively and not having 18-wheelers transport low value cargo coast-to-coast, there would actually be a surplus of them and we would not need to use inexperienced teens driving these lethal weapons that slow everybody else down when they try to go uphill.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 EV mail trucks would be good for a lot of applications, but just using hybrids would probably triple the mpg in delivery routes where they stop every 100 feet. I’ve read that the Grumman trucks weight about 2700 pounds, less than a Prius, and get ~10 mpg when used on routes with lots of stops. With a Prius powertrain, they would be quicker, and should get at least 30 mpg at the low speeds they are running, where the drag of the big box wouldn’t come into play much.

  11. Larry D. Says:

    10 This is a no-brainer, I have been bitching about this for decades, and it shows the incompetence of the bureaucrats that run the US Post Office.

  12. Larry D. Says:

    10 2700 is their weight empty, but with all these heavy papers in the mail?

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4,5 As I’ve mentioned before, the market for EVs in the US would increase a lot, if charging were available for people who live in high density housing, and in major urban areas. I’d be one of those people. If I spent more of the year in Indiana, where I’d have a place to charge a car, I’d be in the market now. Still, maybe I should check out used Leaves. They can be pretty cheap, and would have enough range for most of my driving when up north.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 Yeah, that’s true, but even loaded up with Amazon packages, they probably rarely weigh over 4000 or so, about the same as Prius with its maximum rated load. Any replacement mail truck would weigh a lot more than the current ones, though, to be more crashworthy.

  15. gary susie Says:

    They need to test the trucks in the north where the weather is bad And then see how those semi’s drive by themselves. Just can’t see how they could handle ice and snow.

  16. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Regarding yesterday’s topic on seat belt accoutrements, this one from Chevy (that makes a lot more sense, at least for teen drivers). This one gleaned from GM Authority: Buckle to Drive feature which requires the seatbelt to be buckled for the vehicle to be shifted out of Park; this feature only function when in teen driving mode.

    And one more from GM Authority: the reveal delay of the C-8 Corvette may have been due to the announcement in today’s Autoline in reference to the All new electrical architecture in GM vehicles. This one was conjecture on their part though (but seems it could be true)

  17. Kevin A Says:

    Read a new Z4 vs Supra comparison today. The Supra was ugly to me, but the surprise was that the Z4 had a ‘Fiat Spyder’ look to it from some angles. (a red car, from the front, when the car was in the shade). Anyone else see some ‘Fiat-titude’ there?

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 I still remember all the hate with the seat belt interlock in the ’70s. It wouldn’t let the engine crank until the belt was fastened. My ’74 Duster had it. I always use seat belts, and did then, but I wired around the interlock switch because I didn’t trust it.

  19. Lambo2015 Says:

    4 Guess time will tell.
    17 Yeah I’m not a big fan of all the extra safety features. Having to press the brake on an automatic to start the engine isn’t needed. I cannot put my truck into gear with the door open, which I know sounds like a reasonable safety feature until your hooking up a trailer or say putting a boat in the water on a launch and might be in and out of the truck while moving it a couple feet and not always closing the door completely. Very frustrating.

  20. ChuckGrenci Says:

    17,18 The seatbelt lockout is only funtional when in “teen” mode so isn’t too intrusive. I’m not in favor of too many ‘nanny’ features either but when you have a teenager that you want to get into the habit of buckling up, this might create some muscle memory.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19 Yep, being able to turn it on and off is good. It wouldn’t affect my habits; I always fasten the belt before driving off, but it is another thing that could keep the car from going, if something went wrong.

  22. Bob Wilson Says:

    I’d rather own TSLA stock than be a Ford employee.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It would be fun to be a Ford employee right now.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    That’s wouldn’t be fun..

  25. Lambo2015 Says:

    22 Better question would be; Would you rather be a Tesla employee or a Ford employee? Which probably depends on seniority if at Ford.

  26. Larry D. Says:

    22, 25 since your first half is “I’d rather own TSLA stock” its second half, for most people, would not be to be an employee of any company, but to own another stock, or, much better, a mutual fund in an industry you perceive undervalued, or, probably best of all, an index mutual fund. Owning any one stock carries unnecessary risk, which is greatly reduced by buying the fund. I doubt there is any fund investing in BEVs or even BEVs and hybrids, though.

  27. GM Veteran Says:

    The line, “Some experts believe the rollout of new electrical architectures that allow OTAs have been delayed by dealers that are afraid of how it could squeeze their margins,” is a load of conjecture or crap. Dealers hate how the numerous recalls clog their service departments. They don’t make money doing them and the customers hate the inconvenience. Owners will return to the dealership for actual maintenance and service work. This “expert opinion” doesn’t hold water and Autoline should refrain from publishing such vague references. From the comments above, it seems that a number of viewers took this as fact rather than a minority opinion.

  28. wmb Says:

    With Tesla’s stock dropping, I wonder, if it should drop low enough, if GM or Toyota would
    consider either buy the Automotive portion of the company, or a controlling interest and take over Automotive operations?