AD #3104 – Baidu Introduces Level 4 Robotaxi; Senators Propose Tax Credit for Chip Makers; Mazda Lays Out EV Plans

June 18th, 2021 at 11:54am

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Runtime: 9:15

0:08 GM Partners to Make Fuel Cells for Aircraft
0:34 Bosch To Supply Fuel Cell Components to Daimler & Volvo JV
1:11 China Rolls Out 5-Year Semiconductor Plan
1:42 U.S. Senators Propose Tax Credit for Chip Makers
2:43 Volvo To Test Fossil-Free Steel
3:26 Schaeffler Tests Drive-By-Wire System in DTM Racing
4:13 Baidu Introduces New Level 4 Robotaxi
5:50 Ford Acquires Electriphi
6:25 Daimler Speeds Up New EV Introductions
6:57 Audi Won’t Launch Any New ICE Models by Mid-Decade
7:24 Mazda Lays Out EV Plans
8:08 VW ID.4 Correction

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16 Comments to “AD #3104 – Baidu Introduces Level 4 Robotaxi; Senators Propose Tax Credit for Chip Makers; Mazda Lays Out EV Plans”

  1. Buzzerd Says:

    It’s too bad it takes a world pandemic or a supply market to crash – or both- to get politicians to pay attention to what experts have been telling them. That many countries are too reliant on countries, some aren’t exactly our friends, for a lot of key medicine and electronics and other things. Would be nice if they spent less time trying to get re-elected and more time dealing with issues.

  2. cwolf Says:

    1) And the US is the worse offender by buying from China and look what has happened! This is more the publics fault than the gov’ts.

  3. MJB Says:

    2. I don’t know… The average consumer (like myself) just goes out and buys electronics, clothing, and other consumer items without even realizing that most of them are made in China. In fact, I would venture that our food and other perishables are about the only things we consume without Chinese origin. And it isn’t because Americans were clamoring for Chinese goods. They just started flooding our store shelves until, before we knew it, they all were made there.

  4. XA351GT Says:

    1,2 & 3. It doesn’t matter they’ll give away all this tax credit stuff and as soon as it is no longer financially beneficial they’ll go right back to buying every thing from slave wage South East Asian countries. We can’t compete equally with countries that virtually pay nothing for their labor and have zero safety and emission concerns.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    We want cheap stuff, and companies want to make lots of money for CEOs and stockholders, so the brand owners and sellers oblige. Of the clothes I’m wearing now on this 94 degree Indiana day, Levi shorts from Mexico, an Aeropostle tank top from Guatemala, and Crocs flip flops from Vietnam. Also handy to check was a Gildan T-shirt from Dominican Republic. This isn’t even cheap stuff, though I got most of it “on sale.” Then, there is all of the electronics we get, most of it from China, though my most recent Samsung smart phone is from Vietnam.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 I’ve heard that most of our broccoli comes from China, but probably most other fresh food is domestic. Some things, like mandarin oranges come from different places, based on where they are in season. I always have mandarin/clementine oranges around, and the ones I get come from California about half/two thirds of the year, and Peru during most of our summer.


    I really like where they are going with fuel cell technology. It makes a lot of sense for planes/trains/large trucks/ and even ships. Basically anything that requires the transport of substantially heavy cargo.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Even when/if there is a lot of cheap hydrogen from wind and solar, fuel cell airplanes would be only for slow, short range operation. Faster, but short range airplanes could just burn hydrogen in jet engines. Trains would be a great application for hydrogen fuel cells. Just add extra cars to the train for the fuel cell, batteries, and those 10,000 psi tanks of gas.

  9. MJB Says:

    1,2,3,4,5,6 Only on Autoline Daily can a car forum digress so quickly from autos to clothing to food – LOL ;)

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 International trade with autos and food are inter-related, given the chicken tax.

  11. rick Says:

    mazda needs to lay out an ev plan after failure of sky activ x. what a black eye, these things were so embarrassing were a no-show in north american market. failure to launch.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If Mazda would sell a Mazda 6 wagon with a Toyota hybrid powertrain, I’d be interested.

  13. Wayne Brooks Says:

    #11.) Have to remember that Mazda is a small, independent automaker, with limited resources compared to other OEM’s. They probably have as many successes and failures as any other automaker, but being so small, when they things don’t go to plan, I’m sure they feel it! They don’t have as much to invest and when that investment doesn’t bear the fruit, not only foes it look bad and frustrate fans of their products, it would’ve taken needed resources from other things! I mean, if they had half of the money time and other resources back that they had invested in sky activ x, they may be further along in the the development of BEV’s. Now it seems, in the short term for the time being at least, they will be leaning on partnerships from bigger OEM’s to play catch-up in the move to EV’s.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It looks like Ford has sold all of their part of Mazda, but Toyota now owns 5%. Toyota’s sharing powertrain technology should be useful for Mazda.

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    IMO the world has become a lot smaller and almost everything is now competing in a global market. That makes it really hard for countries like the US to compete when it comes to labor. Which is why over the last 50 years we have been losing manufacturing jobs to other countries with cheap labor. The only way to protect our standard of living is to level the playing field with tax breaks for local manufacturing or taxing imported products or both. Sadly this would likely result in higher priced consumer products. However its that or we just compete with a global market and plan be ready to pay similar wages for the same job in other countries. Yet a large majority of people want a minimum wage of $15 an hr.
    We will just see a much larger gap of wealthy and poor and the decline of the middle class.

    I agree that providing tax breaks to manufacture micro-chips here in the US will be a huge money grab for some company to start up resolve the current problem and soon as those tax breaks run out they will move the manufacturing overseas and we will have paid for a temporary fix to be repeated.

  16. cwolf Says:

    I agree with you, Lambo, for the most part.
    Tax breaks solidify the manufacturing foundation only if they are not diverted to raises for the higher ups. Perhaps any business accepting tthese incentives shoud agree, in return, to make everyone employed get the same monitary raises without anyone also given stocks as payment. Also, tax breaks should only last as long as it takes to get a plant operational and profitable for a short number of years and not 10 to 20.
    As long as profits are put back into the company, profits will not be large enough and the tax incentives will continue.
    Our tax dollars then should get a better return on our investment.