AD #2370 – BMW Makes 1st Racing Headlamp, GM & Honda Developing Batteries, Daimler Unveils Two Electric Trucks

June 7th, 2018 at 11:58am

Runtime: 7:00

0:29 Hyundai Shows Design Direction
1:02 Details of Hyundai’s N Brand
1:19 Cadillac Expands Super Cruise
2:42 Cruise Automation Already Worth $11 Billion?
3:33 BMW Develops 1st Racing Headlight
4:48 FCA Details its Path to Autonomy
5:30 GM & Honda Developing Batteries
5:56 Daimler Introduces Two New Electric Trucks

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20 Comments to “AD #2370 – BMW Makes 1st Racing Headlamp, GM & Honda Developing Batteries, Daimler Unveils Two Electric Trucks”

  1. Fred Schmidt Says:

    I guess someday we will all be doing the speed limit and no higher with all these car imposed features. I wonder if there will be an end to the boneheads who are left lane Louie’s who stay in the far left lane and refuse to move over for faster traffic. Wow this would be great to get those out of the way. Now traffic could be streamlined so drivers can drive at what speed the flow dictates. Try driving the speed limit in some of the mid west interstates and get passed by everyone including the police.

  2. Bradley Says:


    All these features are stepping stones to Autonomy. Once the majority of cars are autonomous, cars will travel across the country as fast as the infrastructure and laws will allow.

  3. Fred Schmidt Says:

    Until you encounter semi-trucks on two interstates trying pass one another with one doing 63mph and the other doing 66mph. No thanks..I hope these driver aides just go away and we are left with the tried and true features like ABS, stabilization and maybe collision avoidance. When roads are ready for the other advancements well okay, but the interstates are decades away..they can’t even keep potholes under control. Everyone should drive I80 from Indiana/Illinois state line to past Ottawa Illinois and around Des Moines Iowa or I75 around Atlanta Georgia. I cannot imagine a total or partial A/V going threw those type traffic messes and not keeping your hands in your lap. I drive a trip of 3400 miles round trip 4 to 5 times a year and would love to just sit back and relax but the roads have to ready for true A/V’s and they aren’t.

  4. Fred Schmidt Says:

    sorry for the grammar goofs in my #3 distracted and forgot to proof read.

  5. Frank Nelson Says:

    Damn, Fred.
    Tighten up.

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    Hyundai may want to reconsider the SUV named Grandmaster. Isn’t that the name used by the leader of the KKK?

    Super cruise and other V2X systems sound great except they can only communicate with other vehicles that are equipped with the system. So it will be years before the advantage is realized.

    IMO many people are going to loose their shirt when mobility services do not pan out to be the gold mine that is expected. So what happens when they offer all these mobile services and the public opts to still own their own vehicle? Wonder if manufacturers would just raise the prices until car ownership is out of reach for the average working person.

  7. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Lambo – Hyundai says it took the name Grandmaster from chess.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6. I think it’s grand wizard. Still, Grandmaster does click with me as a car name. It might take on an unwanted last name.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    That’s Grandmaster does NOT click with me….

  10. T. Bejma Says:


    The more A/V vehicles are on the road the more those traffic messes will go away. The cause of traffic jams are people doing dumb things – poor merging, tailgating, speed differential, etc., etc. Autonomous vehicles don’t have those issues, they drive consistently, pay attention (several times per second) and are predictable. I for one am going to love when everyone else is in an A/V and I can drive around without the idiot drivers messing up my trip ;-)

    Still got this old comment section, huh guys? lol

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10, Hi, T. B. Haven’t seen you here in a while.

  12. Fred Schmidt Says:

    Here is the latest Tesla fatal crash..includes another Tesla owner finding his car turning without reason.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Until there is a universal system for lane markings, it never rains or snows, and a few other things, it is going to be tough to make “autopilot” work in all cases. Still, the data indicates that Teslas have lower fatality rates per vehicle, and per mile, than many cars.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The thing I wonder about the Tesla S. as a highway car, is do they need to go really slow to make it between “superchargers” on I-95? I drive between Cocoa Beach and Jacksonville about once a month and, multiple times, I have seen a Tesla S, usually near Daytona. They are always among the slowest vehicles on the road. Is this because they are saving battery, or does “autopilot” drive that way? It is not a problem, because they are normally in the right lane.

  15. DonWagner1239 Says:

    I like some automatic driving like adaptive cruise control (but I won’t trust the “full stop” claim) and emergency braking before I can react, but my last and current vehicles had/have lane keeping that I turned off. Very annoying when the steering wheel disagrees with my perception of where the lanes are (especially in Michigan where painting lines is only done every other year, if that).

    I agree with Fred on lane etiquette problems. I see more of a center lane usage problem (of three each way) as the most annoying for me. Did my taxes pay for those useless signs saying Keep Right Except to Pass? Worth more as scrap metal!

    Did I hear John say “coo-pay” for the BMW rear taillight source? Older than I thought!

  16. Fred Schmidt Says:

    13 Roads and their conditions are and will be the biggest change needed to make them mainstream. When that day comes and I think its decades in the future then it could make driving your own car a thing of the past. By that time the software/hardware will be highly refined for the task of driving. Since many roads already have sensors embedded in the paving, I think navigation aids in road pavement might be the answer to many of the issues for a vehicle to follow.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15. It is really a treat to drive in Germany, which I’ve done a few times, where drivers know the concept of keeping right except to pass.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 My Prius has adaptive cruise control, and full stop capability. I certainly don’t trust it, but I’ve tested it, with my foot held over the brake pedal. It works, but stops farther back from the car in front than you would normally stop, 10 feet or so. Then, if you wait for it to go by itself, it waits a long time. You would get honked at, or maybe shot at, if depending on the car starting off on its own. It does work, though. I’ve tried it when no one was behind me.

  19. Fred Schmidt Says:

    I wonder if the use of an existing technology could be used in place of painted lines for A/V’s to follow. Its a technology that has been around for years. Its called Sensormatic passive tagging. Its the system used to prevent shop lifting in stores. When you walk past the RF stand/post near the exit door in stores it energizes any tag not removed or desensored at the cash register and sets off the alarm you hear. Why couldn’t cars have RF broadcasters in the front of the car to energize a sensor in the pavement that would provide navigation and steering data for the car to use. The sensors could be mass produced and could be designed not to be affected by weather conditions such as snow,ice,dirt and rain. It would eliminate having to use visual scans and could easily be standardized for all roads and cars. Here is a link to the company that produces this system.

  20. Bob Wilson Says:

    Are GM and Honda throwing in the towel on fool cell vehicles?

    Has GM lost faith with LG Chem batteries?