AD #1973 – Autonomous Truck Makes a Beer Run, GM Sets Earnings Record, Trucks Struggle on IIHS Headlight Test

October 25th, 2016 at 11:52am

Runtime: 9:01

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- Hyundai Executives Take a Pay Cut
- Autonomous Truck Delivers Shipment of Beer
- GM Sets Earnings Record
- FCA Earnings Hold Steady
- Toyota Tops CR Rankings
- Trucks Struggle on IIHS Headlight Test
- Chevy Teams with Carhartt for SEMA
- You Said It!

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20 Comments to “AD #1973 – Autonomous Truck Makes a Beer Run, GM Sets Earnings Record, Trucks Struggle on IIHS Headlight Test”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Are these headlight tests new or recently changed (to a new higher standard) as some of the crash tests are/were? Wondering why headlight performance is so poor; seemingly with the addition of more LED’s and HID’s, more vehicles should be doing better. And even the old halogen bulbs should provide adequate lighting.

  2. Buzzerd Says:

    We don’t need no stinking headlights. The car!, she is gong to drive herself.

  3. Dan Turnpaugh Says:

    Me thinks automakers go for styling over function on these headlights. Keep producing bad headlights and NHSTA will have us back to using sealed beams headlights like in the 1960′s and 70′s.

  4. Danny K Says:

    You missed your chance to reference Smokey and the Bandit, wasn’t their first trip a load of beer? Maybe Jerry Reed’s dog Fred could have been driving the truck.

  5. GM Veteran Says:

    Who said the Chrysler 300 was being discontinued? Last I heard it was being refreshed next year and an all-new version would be launched as a 2019 model, possibly switching to front wheel drive and using the Pacifica platform. Has FCA confirmed the 300 is being phased out?

  6. GM Veteran Says:

    The beer delivery was a nice PR touch to get attention for the Otto heavy duty truck autonomous technology. However, nothing will make regulators more nervous than video of a heavy duty truck barreling down a crowded highway and the on-board test driver leaving his seat to climb in the back for a nap. What were they thinking to release that clip?

  7. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Chuck – Here’s what someone from IIHS tells me: “It’s not that the manufacturers are doing something wrong, they just don’t have any guidance on how headlights should illuminate the road. The federal regulation for headlights is based on laboratory tests rather than how the headlights should perform when mounted on an actual vehicle. A headlight that meets the federal regulation could light up the road very differently when mounted on a sports car compared with a light truck for example. We have found that headlights are often aimed too low to put an adequate amount of light down the road. The ratings are designed to give the automakers a target to aim for.”

  8. JWH Says:

    IIHS Headlight testing is different than the FMVSS 108 headlight standard that automakers are required to meet. Not saying that taking headlights to a higher level is NG, just that it may take a while before headlights in production are taken to a higher level than required. Having said that, I preferred European code H4 headlamps going back 45 years or so. They generally were not legal in US for street use & many of the US headlamp designers did not like the very flat cut-off beam pattern(excellent in fog) that the Euro lights exhibited.

  9. Sean McElroy Says:

    @GM Vet – We reported a week ago that there’s no replacement scheduled for the 300, while the Charger and Challenger will be put on the Giorgio platform that’s used on the Alfa-Romeo Giulia. This report comes from Autoforecast Solutions.

  10. Drew Says:

    Sean, I am very disappointed. “IIHS has uncovered a real issue…”. No. All of the headlamps meet FMVSS requirements. IIHS awards bonus points in their evaluation for expensive technology.

    I met with them about 4 years ago when they were developing the test protocol. The data they used was anecdotal at best. They could not FUNCTIONALLY correlate lighting technology to their accident data. And they still can’t.

    This is a disturbing trend from IIHS. There last 4 new test protocols do not correlate to real word data (headlamps, small overlap rigid barrier, rear impact, and roof strength). If I was a funding partner (are you listening Allstate, State Farm,, I would insist on better science or de-fund them.

  11. JWH Says:

    #6 Sean – Apologize for almost duplicate post – Evidently we were typing simultaneously, & you hit send before I did.

  12. Drew Says:

    Sorry, “their last 4 new test protocols…”

  13. TomC Says:

    Where’s the Snowman when you need him? RIP Jerry Reed. Otto missed a real opportunity here. That beer run should have been from Atlanta to Texarkana and back!

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 I had European H4 lights on a VW Beetle, and later on a Plymouth Duster. I thought they were great, and I liked the sharp cutoff. They might not score well in these new tests, though.

  15. G.A.Branigan Says:

    The headlights on my past 2012 Equinox ltz where of the ‘flat top/cutoff’ type.It did take a bit to get used to them,but they did a real good job,imho.

  16. Brett Says:

    Great, now I have the song “B double-e double-r u n, beer run.” stuck in my head. Thanks Autoline! :)

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15, Brett
    I’m not familiar with that song, but I should be.

  18. Len Simpson Says:

    # 5 Naps in the sleeper are a big automat selling point . driver fatigue is primary cause
    of Semi accidents

  19. Randy Richardson Says:

    Racing has traditionally been used as research ground for passenger cars. When are we going to see autonomous race cars? Perhaps the No Driver 250?

  20. veh Says:

    “The money-losing passenger cars coming out of Fiat seem to be immune from this strategy.”

    I too am puzzled by FCA trying to make the Italian product work in the US, to the complete detriment of the US models. Moving the American muscle cars to an Alfa platform seems pretty odd.

    Political, in that FCA needs to placate their home country workforce? Or just Sergio picking favorites among his children?