AD #2112 – Autonomy to Dent Collision Repair, Magna Develops Side View Mirror Camera, GM Continues Global Retreat

May 18th, 2017 at 11:42am

Runtime: 7:11

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- Autonomy Will Cut Into OEM’s Profits
- Study Shows Ride-Sharing Will Cut Into Car Ownership
- Magna Develops Camera-Based Side View Mirror
- GM to Pull Out of South Africa & India
- Volvo to Start Making XC90s in India
- FCA Could Be in Diesel Hot Water

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15 Comments to “AD #2112 – Autonomy to Dent Collision Repair, Magna Develops Side View Mirror Camera, GM Continues Global Retreat”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    The screen inside the car for the side view camera makes seeing around the A pillar even worse. I would call it a fail.

  2. Miad Says:

    Nice Cornell reference at the end Sean. Probably not noticed by most of your show’s demographic. Tragic loss…

  3. XA351GT Says:

    Nice with the Chris Cornell references RIP( Rock in Peace)

  4. Wim van Acker Says:

    Local Motors, formerly known as General Motors

  5. MJB Says:

    On the “Burden in my Hand” piece about FCA’s legal woes at the hands of the Justice Department, I am left sighing with my forehead in hand… Why are legislators so narrow-minded with regard to the (small) part the automotive industry plays in air pollution? It sounds to me as though they do not ‘want’ to accept whatever justification FCA is giving for the software controls. If the controls don’t do anything illegal, why are they facing a $4bil+ fine? Am I missing something here, or is our society is simply too darn litigious?

  6. MJB Says:

    …that last sentence should read: “Am I missing something here, or is our society simply too darn litigious?”

    Autoline web team, can we please get an edit function on these posts. Even if it only gives the user 5 minutes to go back and edit a post. It would be SO helpful… ;)

  7. Sean McElroy Says:

    @MJB – Here’s my take. Some software controls that allow diesels to emit higher emissions under certain operating conditions are legal. From my understanding, if there’s a condition that would cause harm to an engine, a software control can be written to make sure the engine will last. This is normally under heavy load and for short bursts. But not all software controls are legal and automakers have to make authorities aware of any they have. FCA did not tell the EPA of its controls and now it seems that they’re having a difficult time explaining why they’re not illegal.

    I’ve read in a few places this all had to do with the performance of the engines, but, in my opinion, this is not about performance in the normal sense. FCA’s diesels in question are not very peppy, but are pretty fuel efficient. I think it has more to do with fuel economy.

    But FCA did not tell the EPA of its software controls and right off the bat that seems like it’s hiding something. Which is maybe why you said, “It sounds to me as though they do not ‘want’ to accept whatever justification FCA is giving for the software controls.”

  8. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Miad & XA351GT – I’m glad a few people have picked up on the references. Soundgarden definitely played a roll in my life growing up and I wanted to do something without directly addressing it. Miad, along the lines of your post, I’m not sure many people noticed or really cared. I will never forget when the music video (remember when those were a big deal?) for Black Hole Sun came out. I had never seen anything like it. I am also a fan of Audio Slave and Cornell is a talent that will be missed.

  9. GM Veteran Says:

    The image in the video screen did not appear to contain much more than the side mirror showed. Compared to a simple mirror, this system will add significant cost to a vehicle for negligible benefit to the owner. Mirrors may not be something stylists love, but this seems to be a case of fixing something that isn’t broken.

  10. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I have become accustomed and rely on the blind side alert that is currently in my outside rear-view mirrors, do I need a camera too; don’t think so. The more they add cameras there’s a point when you have too much to look at and don’t look forward, you know. where the biggest threats occur (and if not the biggest threats, the threats that require the most immediate attention).

    And as I said yesterday about diesel emissions; unless they are clearly illegal, treat them as water under the bridge, move on and get it right (from now on). Fines of over four billions for something that is best arbitrary and argumentative; ridiculous. And all the litigation, wastes money and time and also panders to the lawyers (pocketbook).

  11. Brett Says:

    I think that there will be more instances of augmented reality in automobiles going forward.

    How quickly to folks become accustomed to the backup cameras and the green/red line overlay that helps identify safe distances?

    Same with the side mirror camera, the overlaid red shading to highlight a danger.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5, 6, 7
    Vehicle emissions are the biggest contributor to “bad air” in many urban areas. Yes, in rural Kansas, smoke spewing worn out 1950′s cars would not be a big problem, but in big cities, “cheater” diesels are a problem, if there are very many of them.

  13. Albemarle Says:

    Having experience with the Bolt EV’s rear view camera/mirror, makes me less than enthusiastic for the side view cameras. The reason is purely optics. When you look into a mirror that reflects the image from a distance, you don’t need to change your focus. But you do with a camera.

    It’s like driving down the road and quickly looking at a map in your lap. You can’t see both in focus at the same time. But you can with a mirror.

    So fix that problem and cameras in lieu of mirrors will work.

  14. MJB Says:

    @11

    I’ve gotta say, Brett, I still crane my head all the way around to back into a parking space, garage, or anything else. I really only use my backup cam to see when I’m about to hit my trailer hitch on a high curb. I just can’t bring myself to trusting only what I see in that on that screen.

    Now, my kids (when they get that age) may learn to back up on the camera. And for them it may seem unnatural to physically turn their heads around. Call me a creature of habit I guess…

  15. BobD Says:

    The main purpose of “back up” camera is not to navigate while backing up (although it is handy when hooking up a trailer), the primary purpose is safety so you don’t back over a kid who may be in the blind spot directly behind the vehicle.