AD #2600 – New Discovery Sport Unveiled, Zetsche Steps Down as CEO of Daimler, Ford Creates Package Delivery Robot

May 22nd, 2019 at 11:42am

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Runtime: 5:53

0:07 Zetsche Steps Down as CEO of Daimler
0:39 CR Finds Many Uber & Lyft Cars Have Open Recalls
1:49 Toyota Launches Granvia Van
2:30 EVgo Installs EV Chargers at Chevron Stations
3:02 Chevy Introduces ‘Buckle to Drive’ Feature
3:45 Land Rover Unveils New Discovery Sport
4:33 Ford Creates Package Delivery Robot

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31 Comments to “AD #2600 – New Discovery Sport Unveiled, Zetsche Steps Down as CEO of Daimler, Ford Creates Package Delivery Robot”

  1. Larry D. Says:

    Re the Chevy Safety belt thing, it should also have a voice message starting with “Hey, Stupid!”

    Re this flimsy delivery robot, are you sure it is dog-proof? All breeds? I can easily see a large dog biting its ‘leg’ in half.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Here’s an impressive two legged robot from 3+ years ago.

  3. Joe S Says:

    I wonder how many of the open recalls are waiting for a Takata airbag.

  4. MJB Says:

    Sean, I actually like the grille on the Granvia. The other two are a bit much for my tastes though.

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    The Toyota grills will take some time to get used to for me. They seem almost cartoonish big.

    I don’t believe that charging stations are really holding back the adaptation of EVs. I’m betting most people buy EVs with the expectation that they will charge at home have enough range to go to work, shop and make it home on a single charge. If the EV can not do that and they are expected to stop and recharge each day they wont sell regardless of charging stations. The only thing charging stations will help with is range anxiety for those trips outside the everyday normal use. IMO

    The safety belt thing although has good intentions I would most likely disable it. Many new shopping areas now are going the way of the outdoor mall. If I’m at one store and am driving thru two parking lots to shop at another I wouldn’t normally buckle my belt and I don’t need my car to insist that I do to engage the transmission. The annoying chimes are bad enough.

    So Ford has given up on car development and is working on human like robots for delivery services. hum Head scratch.

  6. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I wonder what the pay-back will be with all these high priced autonomous delivery vehicles and robots. Will there be a value-added fee, yikes.

  7. MJB Says:

    #2. Very impressive. I actually recall watching that one (plus others by DARPA) several years back.

  8. BobD Says:

    On the delivery robot… Makes you wonder how a delivery service could justify the much slower “cycle time”. The FedEx/UPS guys and gals have to run to the door and back to meet their expected delivery schedules for the days. Looks like you’d have to deploy many more trucks/robots to do the same work on the current systems.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 Having no place to charge at home is holding back a lot of us from buying EVs. Most apartment and condo dwellers in the US have that issue.

    I always use seat belts when driving in parking lots. I have more near-misses there than anywhere else, as people ignore stop signs, go the wrong way, and go “cross country” though lots, which you are not supposed to do at all. Yeah, it would normally be a low speed crash, but I’d rather have my belt on if something happened.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 It seems that some companies are willing to pay people to pursue hobbies of coming up with fun, but impractical ways of doing things.

  11. BobD Says:

    Seems like Uber & Lyft could easily track open re-calls. I’m sure they have the VINs, or could extract that info from the registration/plate number of the vehicles and block those vehicles until they got the recalls fixed.

    With that said, there are a lot of “stupid” and non-time sensitive recalls that have little to do with safety and are a pain to make a special visit to the dealer to resolve.

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    8 The robots will just have to work a 12 hour shift rather then the normal 8. The robot doesn’t get time and a half so who cares how long it takes it.

  13. Lambo2015 Says:

    11 The only problem with that is when you have a recall that cannot be scheduled like say the Takata airbag. If the replacement part isn’t available the Uber driver is just supposed to park their car until its fixed? They should be able to do something that pushes drivers to get their cars fixed though. Heck if they can get 1/3 of them to do something, they’ll be at least as good as the limo/taxi vehicles.

  14. Jon M. Says:

    Uber, Lyft and other for-hire vehicles are revenue generating assets. Since recalls equal downtime and downtime equals lost revenue, it follows that recall notices amount to junk mail.

  15. Larry D. Says:

    9 While there are lots of mishaps in parking lots, usually they are very low speed collisions such as a vehicle exiting its parking place without looking back carefully and fully, and the safety belt probably will not get to do any work even if such an accident happens.

    I remember long time ago (in the 70s and 80s) I did not wear the belt all the time, but mostly on the interstate, but later realized that the relative collision speed if you do 80 and the other does 100 is merely 20 MPH, while on a country road if you both go 50 but in opposite directions, that speed is 100.

    Now if I don’t have my belt on all the time I feel like my actual belt is missing and my pants will fall down, so I always have it on.


    5,9) Both are right on EV charging. If you could charge a car in the same time as it takes to fill the car with gasoline, then it will be widely adopted as those barriers would be eliminated.

  17. Larry D. Says:

    2 That IS very impressive, if you watch the entire short video especially.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 While watching the video, I was hoping to see what happened at the end. Maybe I’ll see if there are videos of it being pushed over in other directions, and how it deals with it.

    11 I have an open recall on my 1989 Dodge Caravan. It had to do with unbelted passengers being ejected out of the lift gate if the vehicle was hit from behind at high speed. I never carry any passengers in the back seat, which is in my basement, and I think the fix was to have a double latch, which I clearly didn’t want, as it would make it a pain if I didn’t close the hatch quite hard enough.

  19. ArtG Says:

    What isn’t mentioned here is that the “buckle to drive” feature is cancelled after 20 seconds. It’s probably also selectable, as is Ford’s “My Key.” I don’t have any teenage drivers in my household. And I’ll bet service techs and parking lot attendants would love this feature.

  20. XA351GT Says:

    Joe S I still have a open recall on my passenger side bag in my 010 Fusion. I’ve been waiting for Ford to get it for 3 months now. Ford sent me a post card telling me that I could now schedule my repair with the dealer. Called the dealer and they told me they wouldn’t have the parts until June or July. Hopefully I won’t need to know if they are bad before they get changed. I guess they think you can just park your car for 6 months and wait.

  21. XA351GT Says:

    That buckle to drive feature would be a good idea if it weren’t for the fact that defeat measures already exist and have for years. You can buy what basically is the male portion of the buckle without the belt attached and insert it into female part.

  22. gary susie Says:

    The ford robot I could see kids tipping them over and then what would happen. would they have to send someone to put back on its feet?

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 The Boston Dynamics robot shown in the video I linked in #2 can get up, at least if knocked over in one direction.

  24. Lambo2015 Says:

    22 They send out another robot that is designed specifically for standing up the delivery robots. :-)

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 Someone I know if Florida has a 2011 or 2012 Fusion hybrid that Ford wanted out of service until they could get replacement air bags. They lent her an almost new Focus for weeks, or maybe months, while her car was in the lot at the dealer.

    She wasn’t happy, because the Focus wasn’t as nice as her car, and was more thirsty. Making it worse, they didn’t disconnect the 12v battery of her car, so it ran down, and turned out to be ruined. They wouldn’t give her a new battery, even though it’s very likely that here battery would have lasted much longer, if it hadn’t been run down and allowed to sit dead for that time.

  26. Marshy Says:

    Remember that Uber and Lyft don’t have any cars or drivers. They just facilitate information exchange. Their independent contractors are responsible for the equipment they use, No?

  27. Buzzerd Says:

    @21- most systems will recognize if the belt switch is made ahead of time and will still alarm. We have similar systems in firetrucks that recognize when seat is weighted or not so you would have to install the male portion after. If you are that committed then there’s not much to stop you. That said I would hope it can be shut off, I pretty much always wear mine but the sometimes you are simply moving a vehicle or driving across a parking lot so I wouldn’t and if this system is going to be my nanny it’s truly enough to make me shop else where. Thanks GM but I’m an adult, feel free to leave me alone.

  28. Kit Gerhart Says:

    27 It is turned on in “teen” mode, and can be turned off. In my case, the only time it would affect what I normally do, is when I drive a couple hundred feet to a car wash area at my condo.

  29. Lambo2015 Says:

    27 28 One of the funniest things I can remember was riding in a 90s escort with the stupid automatic seatbelt that would ride in a track at the top of the window. Also would only place the shoulder belt not the waist so only half a$$ accomplished what they were after.
    Anyway my brother was driving we got in belt applied got to the end of his long driveway he got out to quickly get his mail. While getting in he dropped a piece on the ground but didn’t realize it before shutting the door. The seatbelt moved back across his shoulder he opened his door back up to quickly grab the piece of mail he dropped bent over grabbed the piece of mail while the seatbelt retracted back forward placing the belt over the back of his head. He was leaned forward with his head out of the car preventing him from shutting the door and the belt had him pinned bent over. I just sat and laughed before helping him get untangled.. No harm but I was glad to see that was a short lived idea.

    Speaking about getting pinned though I also watched a guy locking up his full sized van trap himself by locking the doors and the side slider wasn’t all the way open and so it wasn’t locked in the open position. So as he walked by he just grabbed the rear of the door pushed it shut but didn’t pull his fingers out quick enough and the rear of the door sucked them in. Not only painful but embarrassing as the van was locked and he couldn’t open the door even though he could reach the handle. I helped him get out otherwise he might have been there a while. Even with his keys out he could only unlock the passengers door and could not reach the unlock even with that door open.

  30. Joe S Says:

    20 My wife has been waiting over a year with her 09 Vibe. Maybe they figure they can out wait me and I’ll just replace the whole car.

  31. Larry D. Says:

    29 Only one of my cars, the 1990 Accord Coupe, which I had from 1994 to 2008, had one of these belts, it automatically fastened the shoulder belt (although if one wanted to, one could take the belt off the windowtop) and one only had to fasten the lap belt (which is less important than the shoulder belt in any case). I never had any serious problem with it.