AD #2163 – LIDAR Market Looks Like a Gold Mine, Nissan Workers Reject UAW, Maserati Earnings Skyrocket

August 7th, 2017 at 11:54am

Runtime: 8:10

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- Nissan Workers Reject UAW
- Maserati Earnings Skyrocket
- LIDAR Market Looks Like a Gold Mine
- Repairing Cars with Structural Adhesives
- The Ultimate Surfboard
- CARB Plans for Stricter Regulations

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17 Comments to “AD #2163 – LIDAR Market Looks Like a Gold Mine, Nissan Workers Reject UAW, Maserati Earnings Skyrocket”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Spinning off maserati and alfa is an excellent idea.

    Lidar,it is a gold mine,providing it can be downsized enough to be hidden,and still give the overall performance from the many ‘lumps’ all over the vehicle.

  2. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I forgot to add,FCA should also move fiat into it’s own stand alone company.It would disappear from our shores in short order,and not be the financial drain on jeep and ram.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    eFoil looks like an interesting toy. I’m curious about how much skill it takes to ride it. It looks like it might be tricky.

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Well, Nissan kept the ‘fox’ out of the hen-house; I’m guessing that Nissan is treating their employees right (and that’s a good thing).

    Splitting hairs here: cars are to motorcycles as boats are to jet-skis. Surfboard is cool though; but not really a mobility solution (that I can see; spitting more hairs again).

    CARB: glad they are trying to work with the automakers; but it is sure a whole lot easier ‘thinking’ cleaner when the manufacturers have to make it happen. Maybe CARB should try to eliminate the gridlock of the major California cities (that would cut a lot of pollution as well as save resources).

  5. Tuck&roll Says:

    I’m amazed at Ms Hebert from CARB. I watched the AH show last Thursday and thought her strategic approach shallow. She did not seem prepared for Johns questions on electric infrastructure and lithium battery disposal/recycling. Nor was she aware of gasoline decarbinization. What I did like was her approach to stakeholders inclusion in the decision making process. But, as with all bureaucrats, she was not willing to admit that there could be an end to CARBs bureaucracy if and when fossil fuel air pollutantion was eliminated by solutions like electric. I was also amazed by Mazda’s strict defense of the internal combustion engine. (Glad to hear it.) What will Mazda do in places of the world like U.K. who bans ICEs? And California to follow?

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    The value of autonomy will only be realized when automakers can bring it to mass-market in a confined area. Closing off a downtown city like San Francisco to exclusive autonomous vehicles (will likely never happen but it) would be the best way to gain appeal without human error. Mixing the technology with human operated vehicles spells disaster unless your a injury lawyer. Rolling out the technology in piece meal format could keep it from gaining acceptance.

  7. G.A.Branigan Says:

    “What will Mazda do in places of the world like U.K. who bans ICEs? And California to follow?”

    Easy,sell ice’s in the rest of the world. It’s not like the UK is a major player.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The way things are going, Mazda will probably be absorbed by another, larger car company at some point. Maybe Tata will buy them.

  9. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: That is a thought.Ya never know.I have to wonder how an all electric vehicle nation like the UK will produce enough ‘clean energy’ to power everything on wheels. Makes me wonder,what’s worse,the disease or the cure.Same for kalifornia.

  10. Chuck Grenci Says:

    #5 Tuck&roll
    Some of my thoughts as well (I also watched the whole AAH show). CARB has blinders, in my opinion: it is like, “there way or the highway”; they need to be a little more open to alternate solutions; one being, making industry (other than automobiles) participate in meaningful reduction of pollution and energy waste.

    Also, agree with #6 through #8; this energy fluctuation is still in flux; one solution, i.e., electric, will not make it so.

  11. gary susie Says:

    Nissan instilled a lot of fear in its workers too.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    John or Sean, do you have any info regarding how pay and benefits at “transplants” like Nissan compare with UAW represented “Detroit 3″ plants?

  13. Ziggy Says:

    Hey John, don’t ever feel bad about interrupting the tree huggers, make them explain EVERYTHING they are talking about because they tend to pull stuff out of the air (no pun intended)when asking for the world to comply with their sometimes arbitrary requirements. So interrupt away!

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    With anti-environmental extremists now running the federal goverment, I like seeing CA go in the other direction, but they should be pragmatic about it. What happened to rational middle ground?

  15. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: IMHO,the last two,two term admins brought out the polarization.And for the record,I couldn’t stand either of the bushes.

  16. Roger T Says:

    4:33 :)

  17. Bob Wilson Says:

    CARB is not perfect but they don’t have to be when compared to California air before CARB. In 1972 the air in Riverside CA was worse than the Marine tear-gas hut but there was no exit. Given the mountains trapping the air, California and the West coast states have cause. More recently, CARB helped bust the VW cheat but CARB is not perfect.

    CARB changed their rules in 2001 which signed the death warrant for GM’s EV1. Now 10-15 years later, GM is selling both the Volt and Bolt … thanks to CARB. Tesla was partially funded by CARB credits.

    Tesla eviscerated, $100k, luxury cars sales which woke everyone up. No vibration, quiet, instant, high-torque, an EV makes urban driving safer and fun like my BMW i3-REx.

    Another CARB fault, I coded my Alabama based, BMW i3-REx to back out two rules that limited the Range Extender engine and fuel tank capacity. CARB hobbled an excellent, plug-in hybrid while chasing their fool-cell mirage.

    CARB does not have to be perfect but they have been good enough. Never let perfect be the enemy.

    Bob Wilson, Huntsville AL