AD #2141 – AVs Could Cripple Insurance Companies, BMW Cuts Slow Selling Options, Cadillac Offers Helicopter Rides

June 29th, 2017 at 11:47am

Runtime: 7:19

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- Audi A8 Makes Appearance at Spider-Man Premiere
- Cadillac Offers Helicopter Rides
- Cockpit Electronics Business Set to Explode
- Continental Develops Automatic Tinting
- AVs Could Cripple Insurance Companies
- BMW Cuts Slow Selling Options

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15 Comments to “AD #2141 – AVs Could Cripple Insurance Companies, BMW Cuts Slow Selling Options, Cadillac Offers Helicopter Rides”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Auto tinting looks very interesting and I’d opt for it if not too drastic an option (price). This assuming that the tint could be adjusted/modified for different degrees of tint and customer option to include/exclude certain functions and modifiable scenarios.

    No love lost for the insurance companies; I’m betting they land on their feet and find something else (automotive) to have to insure.

  2. XA351GT Says:

    Why are convertibles especially European 2 seaters called Spyders?

  3. Alan B Says:

    I for one would be glad to see car insurance companies go away. Nothing but bad experiences with them – makes no difference who is at fault in an accident – the companies don’t want to pay for anything – good repair shops do not want to do business with the insurance companies and/or accept insurance repair jobs. Auto insurance companies are the bottom of the garbage can just like car dealers. Customers are “captive victims” who can not get the vehicles and mandatory insurance anyplace else. This is why nobody sends them Christmas cards for the holidays.

  4. Wim van Acker Says:

    @1: yes, I agree with your bet. Maybe like: high risk insurance policies for OEM’s to insure large volumes of vehicles at once, and lower potential risk policies to individual vehicle owners? Insurance companies will still insure all vehicles on the road and all OEM’s, just changes in customer groups and their respective risk. Overall, there will hopefully be less damage, so insurance premiums may come down. Not necessarily less profit, though: in the insurance business, profits are primarily driven by premium minus claims. Secondarily by their overhead cost, so provided insurance companies adjust their overhead cost base to the new equation of (premium minus claims), mainly through reduction of employees, business for insurance companies will continue to be good.

  5. Wim van Acker Says:

    As to 3′s point: insurance companies will probably have to deal increasingly with more powerful customers (OEM’s and suppliers) than us powerless individual customers, so they may be forced to step up their game.

  6. Drew Says:

    Don’t be so quick to assume the insurance industry’s malaise. They have a powerful PAC that has created many onerous state laws… which will take time to adjust to the future world of collision avoidance.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    BMW has a knack for dropping, or not offering, everything I might consider buying. First, it was a “basic” 3 series wagon, with RWD and a manual transmission. Then, recently, I was considering checking out a basic 2 series coupe, with a manual, as a possible replacement for my Mini.

    I guess BMW in in the process of complete conversion from building “ultimate driving machines,” to building tall wagons for wealthy soccer moms.

  8. Buzzerd Says:

    The only experience I have with auto/manual tint windows is on a commercial jet, thought it was pretty cool. Would be fun to have in my car as long as it didn’t cost a small fortune to repair.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’d want the normal failure mode of the adjustable tint to be “clear,” so I could still drive the car.

  10. Barry Rector Says:

    Kudos to Continental for the development of the auto-tinting glass! I think this is a true safety feature.

  11. Earl Says:

    I hope the level of automatic tinting isn’t like what some car owners get tint shops to do. I dislike pulling up to intersection like a 4 way stop and I can’t see if the other driver can see me.
    Law inforcement officers don’t like those full tint windows either as they can’t see who is in the car and where their hands are.

  12. FSTFWRD Says:

    @#3 / Alan B.
    That’s a little harsh. I think you are painting all dealers and insurance companies with one brush.
    Yes, they are in business to make money, but some do a very good job and some do not.
    I also know of several top notch body shops that welcome insurance work from certain insurance companies.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    My biggest beef with insurance companies is those incredibly stupid Liberty Mutual ads, directed toward people who can’t drive, and don’t know that cars depreciate. I guess the ads work with some people, since they keep on running them.

  14. FSTFWRD Says:

    #13 Kit // Couldn’t agree more.

  15. Ukendoit Says:

    #9) Kit, the way he stated that the molecules clump together when an electrical current is applied (and for safety reasons), I would think the default would be clear.