AD #2121 – OSRAM’s Innovative Light Tech, Why Wall Street Isn’t Sold On Auto R&D, Special Edition Ford Focus RS

June 1st, 2017 at 11:56am

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- Mobility Service Protests Turn Violent In Spain
- OSRAM Lights Help Racecar Drivers Stay Focused
- How Mercedes Is Using X-Rays to Improve Safety
- Ford Creates Special Edition Focus RS
- Why Wall Street Isn’t Sold On Auto R&D

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9 Comments to “AD #2121 – OSRAM’s Innovative Light Tech, Why Wall Street Isn’t Sold On Auto R&D, Special Edition Ford Focus RS”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    The cabbies in Spain certainly have a point (not endorsing the violence by any means) but if people are being transported by vehicle, the playing field MUST be even; now whether that is tightening mobility services or loosening taxi requirement, I don’t know, but fair is fair (and should be).

    There needs to be some sort of blind tests (pun not intended, okay, maybe it is); the lighting issue by OSRAM is certainly inconclusive (so far).

    Here’s my take on why Wall Street isn’t sold on Auto R&D (at least to the tune of supporting stock prices); the competition is so stiff in the automotive market, and advancements are developed almost in unison between the automakers that advantages don’t last very long and sustained or quick gains can’t be realized in the car market. Catch-up is very quick in ‘autos’ and margins so thin that auto stocks just can’t be ‘darlings’ of Wall Street. IMO

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    With any new technology, including new tech for cars, it’s hard to know who to bet on, so maybe professional “investors” are betting on no one. Didn’t Radio Shack and Commodore dominate the PC market at one time?

  3. phred Says:

    So what kind of special lighting were the winning teams using that beat BMW? And there is no discussion of the air borne pollution that comes with the airborne oxygen for fuel cells in the Toyota car. How do you clean the surface pollutants off of the catalyst bed?

  4. Ziggy Says:

    I’m sorry, but I just can’t get excited over the Focus RS at all, to me it looks like what it is, a front wheel drive four door grocery getter that gets the little boy racers all excited because it has some power. Whenever I see one on the highway tailgating someone in the fast lane I get a real good laugh out of it and it’s driver. Thanks for that, Ford.
    I always knew the UAW wasn’t particularly astute when it came to politics but jumping on the President Doofus trainwreck is a new low even for them, considering that most of the changes the new administration wants to make will screw the segment most of the UAW comprise. Rich and connected you aren’t UAW.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Focus RS is is high performance hatch competing with WRX STI and Golf R. It has 350 hp and AWD, and is only a little slower to 60 than a Corvette.

    My choice for a roomy hatch was a Prius, and my choice as a performance car was a Corvette, but a Focus RS is an impressive car.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If the Prius and ‘Vette were replaced with one car, Focus RS would be on my short list.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Another autonomous prediction:

    http://fortune.com/2017/06/03/autonomous-vehicles-market/

  8. Ukendoit Says:

    Interesting article, Kit, especially about Jevons paradox and the “induced demand” factor.

  9. stephen Says:

    Why are cabbies not campaigning for the same near zero requirements as Uber and Lyft. Hard for the city councils to mandate one rule and fees for taxis and the other for Uber. Uber can’t object. If standards fall then the common standards can be lifted. If I was a council I would ask if Uber/Lyft could fill in the gaps that standard taxi services fail to fill- wheelchair access, EV taxis, late night mid-week taxi supply, long-distance fares to fill in lack of public transport