AD #3220 – How Polestar Generates Cash w/o Selling a Car; Diess Gets to Keep His Job; Mercedes Gets L3 Approval in Germany

December 9th, 2021 at 11:48am

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Runtime: 10:17

0:08 Herbert Diess Gets to Keep His Job
1:08 GM Plans to Build Battery Packs at Orion Plant
1:53 Biden Signs Order to End Government ICE Vehicle Purchases
2:43 Mercedes Gets L3 Approval in Germany
4:09 NHTSA Discusses Tesla’s In-Vehicle Video Games
4:36 Schaeffler Partners to Make Electric Motors More Efficiently
5:13 Bentley Approved to Independently Certify Vehicles
6:36 How Polestar Generates Cash w/o Selling a Car
8:19 Jeep Using Connected Tech to Enhance Off-Roading

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15 Comments to “AD #3220 – How Polestar Generates Cash w/o Selling a Car; Diess Gets to Keep His Job; Mercedes Gets L3 Approval in Germany”

  1. GM Veteran Says:

    It is amazing to me that Tesla continues to release new features that sometimes make their vehicles less safe. Video screens in the back seats, and on the front screen when the car is not being driven would make much more sense, but add cost. With so many incidents of Tesla drivers operating their vehicles in Autopilot in an unsafe manner, its clear that the company should not count on them to do the right thing and not play video games while the car drives, endangering them and all of the vehicles around them.

    Its only a matter of time before the first report of a serious accident happens when the driver is playing a video game in their Tesla. Let the lawsuits begin!


    Perhaps IIHS should remove a star from all TESLAs with this video game feature until they remove it. That would finally make TESLA “get it”. Of course it would be after a ton of belly aching from their petulant child in chief Elon Musk.

  3. GM Veteran Says:

    I really don’t understand why the federal government has allowed the sale of any autonomous vehicle technology below Level 5. The results should have been predictable. And, we are just getting started, as many more vehicles with this partial autonomy technology will be sold before true Level 5 technology is ready. And fair warning: I will be filing a huge lawsuit if I am ever in an accident caused by someone over-relying on their vehicle’s autonomous systems.

    As long as it remains optional, I can live with it. I just don’t want to have to pay for the technology as standard equipment on a vehicle if it doesn’t work 100% of the time. Name another feature on a car that may or may not work when called upon! The government requires that brakes work under all conditions. Why does this autonomous technology get a pass?

  4. ChuckGrenci Says:

    If Tesla wants to offer passengers, the option to play games, then they need to add a screen to the passenger’s side (that can’t be seen by the driver). Even if the passenger is playing the game, it would still be a distraction (or could be) to the driver, especially if not intent on driving as much as seeing if the passenger is winning (the game).

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    When someone is playing a game with the screen in the Tesla, do you lose the speedometer and other functions on the screen?

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    Ive been frustrated before by limited functions of the touch screens. Like being on a trip and wanting to use the navigation or make a change. My passenger is not able to do anything and we get the “UNABLE TO PERFORM FUNCTION WHILE IN MOTION, PLACE IN PARK” or something to that effect. Which While on the HWY isn’t really an option and so why we stopped using any vehicle Nav system and just use the phones and a cord conection. Also have the capability to play a DVD for everyone else in the car, but only if the parking break is set. Cause I love to sit out in the garage for two hours in the car to watch a movie. Who uses DVD anymore anyway. There was a bypass for that function I found and used often. However yes lots of dumb people will try and do things when they should be driving and hence the need to protect the stupid. And the stupid from killing others.

  7. Lambo2015 Says:

    3 Yep! Said the same thing earlier this week here. All of these autonomous systems are nothing more than driver assist features, no different than lane assist, adaptive cruise, even ABS and traction control. Drivers are still drivers and should be prepared to be a driver at any second. Giving them the idea that a vehicle will drive itself is asking them to be distracted and available to do other things. Even if the vehicle can completely drive itself 90% of the time. Is anyone okay with their brakes, headlights, steering working 90% of the time?
    I completely understand the need for baby steps and we cannot get to full autonomy without these systems being tested. I don’t have a problem with their implementation. What I have a problem with is giving customers the idea they are much more capable then they are..NONE should be called anything other than auto driving assist until they get to level 5.

  8. Drew Says:

    The Granola State had a law made it illegal to watch any motion video from the front seat. The CHP were so myopic in their interpretation of the law, that they were issuing citations to early adopters of reverse cameras Consequently, rental car companies were asking OEMs to delete the reverse cameras. The CHP reluctantly agreed to not issue citations after it was called to their attention that another section of the Granola State law permitted reverse cameras… and the federal Cameron Gulbransen Kids & Cars Safety Act of 2007 was mandating reverse cameras.

  9. XA351GT Says:

    In regards to over the air updates. How do you know you actually are getting what you’re paying for? So you pony up for the extra power how do you know you really are getting it and if you get it for how long? What can be turned on remotely can be turned off as well. Reminds me of when Tesla upped the range on their cars for people trying escape a hurricane. Sorry , but I don’t trust anyone to be honest anymore.

  10. MJB Says:

    @1,2,3,4,7 – Agreed! And to add to that, I think these features (playing video games and such) should not even be thought about until we’ve achieved nearly full autonomy. It’s still just too darn early to be enticing people to engage in otherwise foolhardy activities while behind the wheel. What’s next – a ‘green light’ to drink while driving too?

    Of course, I can see a market for autonomous party busses or the like.

  11. MJB Says:

    @9. Paid OTA performance updates make me think of my kid buying PlayStation credits to upgrade cars in his Need For Speed game.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Video games should be played only in the back seat, and only with ear buds or headphones, so the driver won’t be distracted.

  13. Bob Wilson Says:

    Three months after buying our Model 3 and paying extra for autopilot, a temporary medical problem was handled by autopilot. Autopilot paid for itself that day.

    I will not buy any car that lacks Autopilot capability. That means working anywhere handling lane keeping and dynamic cruise control both day and night. We know Autopilot is 6-8 times safer than the typical USA fleet driver. But Full Self Driving (FED) raises the bar.

    Full Self Driving adds traffic lights, STOP/YIELD signs, and integrated navigation. It does this everywhere. Still being tested by Tesla drivers, including me, in ‘real life’, it is updated about every 2-3 weeks. It is beyond the limited imagination of critics.

  14. Bob Wilson Says:

    Based on my hands-on experience, Autopilot specification: (1) works anywhere; (2) lane keeping; (3) traffic aware lane changes; (4) dynamic cruise control, and; (5) navigation integration. This makes Autopilot superior to geofenced systems and integrated with navigation means suggesting lane changes to reach destination. However, it requires left and right lane lines to start.

    Currently testing Full Self Driving (FSD) beta, it adds traffic light and sign control. So it stops and goes based upon ordinary traffic rules. It also has virtual lanes which means painted lanes are no longer required, Both Autopilot and FSD read speed signs with GPS map backup.

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    13 They are getting better and more advanced everyday. But I very much doubt your autopilot works anywhere. Or you haven’t tried many places. Bring your model 3 to Michigan in February after a good snow fall and even wait until our HWYs are cleared but have a salty white film that basically masks road stripes. You’ll want to have a full bottle of windshield washer fluid handy cause every car ahead of you kicks that salt up and turns your windshield into bathroom glass. They’ll be patches of black ice in spots so you’ll have good traction most of the trip but on or under overpasses or near a body of water the road can turn to ice without warning. Then throw in cars swerving around Kia sized potholes and road construction and let me know how autopilot does?