AD #3570 – Tesla Being Forced Into Advertising; AM Could Be Mandated in Cars; 1938 Mercedes 540 K Streamliner

May 18th, 2023 at 12:09pm

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Runtime: 10:26

0:00 U.S. Charges Chinese National w/ Stealing Apple AV Data
0:52 Chevy, Nissan, Ram, VW Have More Subprime Customers
1:26 Tesla Being Forced Into Advertising
2:21 Geely Buys Bigger Stake in Aston Martin
3:25 Panasonic Boosting Battery Production 4X
3:58 AM Radio Could Be Mandated in Cars
5:08 BMW Integrates AR & VR Into Cars
5:57 Range Rover Becomes More Bespoke
6:34 Lexus Boosts LC 500 Bespoke Options
7:11 Automakers Want Brexit Rules Delayed
8:00 1938 Mercedes 540 K Streamliner

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22 Comments to “AD #3570 – Tesla Being Forced Into Advertising; AM Could Be Mandated in Cars; 1938 Mercedes 540 K Streamliner”

  1. Norm T Says:

    Hurray for Active Minded band!

  2. Albemarle Says:

    The problem with espionage is that the damage is done. Even if the person is apprehended and jailed (amazingly unlikely in this case), the information is stolen. I think high tech should be very wary of hiring someone who’s loyalty might potentially lie elsewhere. You can only hope they were god’s gift to technology to take this risk.

  3. Albemarle Says:

    The biggest advantage I can see for the BMW system is now I can use the HOV lane by myself with a VR passenger. Plus, they would not talk at me.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    I wonder if this Chinese Nationalist entered the country through our open southern boarder. Either way expect more stories like this.

    AM might work better to transmit Federal Emergencies, but it doesn’t matter if no one is listening. It doesn’t operate like a weather band radio and people would need to know to use AM. I’m willing to bet most people under 30 may never have even used AM radio.

    Saw this article today claiming they have a battery that powered a Tesla model S 752 miles across Michigan.

  5. DanaPointJohn Says:

    I vote YES for keeping AM radio in cars! Can the government also mandate a channel and volume knob be required on all cars?

  6. Jim Haines Says:

    Some day maybe somebody will realize the Chinese government is open the helping it companies steal secrets from around the world to help China companies and the military but what can America do when the president is on the take from China

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 It’s highly unlikely the Chinese national entered the U.S. through the southern border. He probably entered using a work or student visa.

    I suspect people under 30 would learn to use the AM radio, if everything else went dead. They should probably restore the 640 and 1240 triangle markings to the dial for emergency information.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 With the 750 mile range battery, the article didn’t say anything about how the test was run, like maybe with 60 psi in the tires, and going 45 mph for the trip, etc. We should hear more if there actually is a battery with twice the energy density of usual batteries.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It sounds like Aston Martin F1, formerly Force India and other things, is becoming Force China/Canada/Saudi Arabia.

  10. ArtG Says:

    4- Are you implying that he entered the country illegally through the southern BORDER and was hired by Apple unvetted? In order for a foreign national to work in the U.S., they must be granted a work visa and live in the U.S. According to the DOJ’s, indictment “in November of 2017, a little more than two and a half years after being granted access to a range of Apple’s sensitive materials, Wang signed a letter accepting an offer of full-time employment as a Staff Engineer with the U.S.-based subsidiary of a company headquartered in the People’s Republic of China.”

  11. Albemarle Says:

    Even if you are under 30, you just might have the ability to select the AM band on the radio and tune in emergency services, particularly when you discover you’re not receiving a signal on Sirius or FM and your cell is getting nothing and wifi has no bars. I’d expect these signs alone would send most young people to assume they are on the brink of armageddon.

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    7,10 I was kind of joking and don’t really believe an Apple engineer slipped in from our southern boarder. My point was more so directed that, with an open boarder you can expect more stories like this as I’m sure the Chinese are fully capable of generating the necessary paperwork to infiltrate the US with folks willing to do corporate espionage. If the federal government isnt vetting them I’m sure corporations can pick up the slack. (again Kidding).

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 I suspect Apple would vet engineer hires as well as anyone, except maybe some war materials companies.

    I doubt if many people crossing the southern border are involved in corporate espionage. They are just fleeing horrible conditions in Venezuela, Guatemala, etc., and the ones who successfully enter the U.S. will be taking crappy jobs in agriculture and meat packing, and the lucky ones in construction.

  14. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Lambo & Kit – We’ve reported on and done an interview with Our Next Energy or O.N.E. They’re the folks that are making battery packs with a hybrid chemistry. A percentage of the pack is a chemistry that it good at handling heavier loads, like accelerating away from a stop light, while the other portion is good at handling light loads, like highway travel. Most of the O.N.E. battery test in the Tesla way highway travel, which is why it was able to get a long range.

  15. wmb Says:

    #14.) So if I’m understanding you correctly Sean, what makes it a break through is the highway miles. With EVs doing better with urban driving and miles, it’s the long distance, highway miles where to tned to not do as well. If this is what there claim is, their battery chemistry may be the difference that many who are interested in BEVs, but have range anxiety, need to seriously consider buying one. Now the questions are: what was their speed? How much does this chemistry cost in relationship to other chemistries to manufacture? Does it make the battery pack/cells heavier? Etc.

  16. Ziggy Says:

    Re: AR and VR in cars – whatever happened to just looking out the window and watching the world go by….

  17. Bob Wilson Says:

    May 16 Autoline Daily posted, “Based on registration data from Experian, Tesla’s U.S. sales shot up 37% in the first quarter. But the Model Y was up 79%. …”

    Apparently Jim Farley and whoever posted “forced” to advertising missed it too.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    No one is “forced” to advertise, but as more and better competition hits the market, Tesla may need to, especially since they continue to increase production capacity. Things are clearly different, with the store near me having inventory sitting there.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 Exactly

  20. Lambo2015 Says:

    14 Thanks Sean. Was the battery the same size as the Tesla battery it replaced? Similar weight and charging times?

  21. Lambo2015 Says:

    11, 19 You think that way because your well aware of the emergency channels on the AM band. Kit even knows the frequency of 640 and 1240. My point is that I bet most under 30 year olds are not even aware of the emergency channels. So if they lost cell signal wernt getting anything on the FM dial they wouldnt even think to search the AM dial. Its like if I tell you that you can do quick measurement and currency conversions on your phone just by highlighting the amount, You wont do it if you dont know its there.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Regarding AM radio, many stations with actual local programming are AM, both where I am in FL and IN. Also, I enjoy DXing at night once in a while. It is really cool to pick up a Los Angeles radio station while in Indiana, using my 60 year old Heathkit transistor radio. No, I can’t do that very often.

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