Elon Musk says Chinese automakers are “the most competitive in the world”


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Chip shortage has taken another bite out of GM, Ford is ramping up F-150 Lightning production, and also You’re here. All this and more in The morning shift by September 17, 2021.

1st Gear: Elon Musk has nothing more than good things to say about China

Tesla has had a bit of a rocky road in china at the end, with protests, and one recall of almost all company cars sold there. But Tesla is there for a reason, and that is that China is the world’s largest auto market. Also, since Tesla intends to take over the world or something, it has to remain viable – no – expanding in China. According to Bloomberg, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tried to be friends about it on Friday.

Elon Musk hailed Chinese automakers as “the most competitive in the world” at an online forum Friday, where the head of Tesla Inc. also spoke about data security and the country’s “great potential” as a market for electric vehicles.


“I have a lot of respect for the many Chinese automakers” for driving EV technologies, Musk said in a spiel that lasted just three minutes. He noted that the country’s automakers are particularly strong on software. “Public sentiment and support for electric vehicles is at an inflection point never seen before, because they know it’s the future,” he said.

The billionaire praised China more later today, responding to a tweet from the state-run Xinhua news agency after a three-month space mission. “He wrote on Twitter.

Real sellers and social networks influencers never changes.

2nd Gear: Elon also tries to be reassuring about data security

China banned Teslas from its military installations in Marchostensibly for the sake of safety, since Tesla are equipped with all kinds of cameras for driving assistance functions. Musk claimed on Friday that Tesla was working on better data security, possibly in part related to this.

Of Reuters:

Electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) will work with global regulators to ensure data security, chief executive Elon Musk said at an industry event in China on Friday.


“With the rapid growth of autonomous driving technologies, vehicle data security is of more concern than ever before,” Musk told the World New Energy Vehicle Congress on Hainan Island in southern China. , by video link.

In May, Reuters reported that staff at some Chinese government offices were ordered not to park their Tesla cars inside government premises due to security concerns with vehicle cameras.

Tesla later said it had established a site in China to store car data locally.

3rd gear: more pain in case of shortage of chips for GM

GM said Thursday it would have more downtime at some of its factories due to the chip shortage. As always, you can tell which cars are more profitable and which are less profitable, because the least profitable are always the ones that fall first.

Of The Wall Street Journal:

The company announced Thursday that it will increase scheduled downtime at seven factories in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The move builds on cuts that have plagued GM and the wider auto industry throughout the year as computer chip supply constraints continue to hold back auto production.

Some production lines at two of GM’s Michigan sites, tasked with work on models such as the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and Cadillac Black Wing, will likely have downtime until September, the company said. . At three plants in Canada and Mexico, production shutdowns for the Chevrolet Blazer and Equinox SUVs have also been extended. And at a Kansas plant, the restart of production of Chevrolet Malibu, which has been declining since February, has been postponed until November.

I’m not sure I know Malibu production has been non-existent since February in Kansas, but, given GM’s manufacturing priorities, that makes sense.

4th gear: Hyundai has a watchdog robot

Hyundai finalized the purchase of robot maker Boston Dynamics earlier this year; Korean society has has just unveiled its first project with its new partner, who is a guard dog robot that could one day steal the work of guard dogs everywhere. This is called the “factory security service robot”. It will enter service at a Kia plant in South Korea.

Of Hyundai:

The robot is based on Boston Dynamics’ quadruped robot, Spot, with applied artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous navigation, teleoperation technologies, and computational payload (AI Processing Service Unit) developed by the group’s robotics lab for use robot in various industrial tasks.


With an integrated thermal camera and 3D LiDAR, the robot is able to detect people around it, monitor high temperature situations and potential fire hazards, and perceive whether a door is open or closed. The robot can be controlled remotely through a secure web page that provides a live feed of its movements around the factory, allowing office staff to remotely observe industrial areas. The Robot’s AI technology also enables the Robot to detect dangers and send alarms to managers through the secure web page.

Based on these functions, the robot allows real-time sharing of photos of on-site situations and an activity log with the control center, as well as a rapid response in the event of an emergency by triggering an alarm on the control web page. Managers can switch to manual teleoperation whenever necessary to take a closer look at important industrial sites. It is also possible to connect multiple factory service safety robots to the control system to simultaneously check different areas.

The quadruped robot is able to navigate narrow spaces and identify blind areas that are difficult to see with the human eye. The application of the Group’s technologies to the Boston Dynamics Spot robot also offers the Robot improved autonomy functions. Based on the Group’s experience in the development of service robots, the Robot is equipped with various technologies suitable for autonomous patrol services in industrial site environments, including task management and learning-based vision technology. in depth.

That’s fine, but I never got comfortable even watching Boston Dynamics bots. This one is no exception.

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No thanks.

5th gear: Ford to spend hundreds of millions more on F-150 Lightning production

It would be $ 250 million more, the company said Thursday, while hiring 450 new employees. It appears that Ford used the reservation system for Lightning exactly as it was intended: as an indicator of interest and to adjust production accordingly.

Of Automotive News:

Ford said the investment and jobs will be spread across its Rouge electric vehicle center, Van Dyke electric powertrain center and Rawsonville components plant. The additional investment will help Ford build 80,000 electric trucks per year, up from an initial plan of 40,000 trucks per year.

Executives say they have boosted planned production based on strong demand. Ford has received more than 150,000 reservations for the electric pickup, in the form of refundable deposits, which are expected to go on sale by the middle of next year.

“We knew the F-150 Lightning was special, but public interest exceeded our highest expectations and changed the conversation around electric vehicles. So we are doubling, creating jobs and investment to increase production, ”Executive Chairman Bill Ford said in a statement. “This truck and the Ford-UAW workers who assemble it in Michigan have a chance to make history and lead the electric vehicle movement in America.”

Eighty thousand Lightnings a year, it’s still not that much, considering that Ford sold 787,422 F-Series trucks last year, but it’s a start.

Reverse: Space

Neutral: how are you?

The Detroit Institute of Arts has a big car show right now, which I saw yesterday. It’s basically an excuse to show off a bunch of cars from the Big Three, old and new, but they also have a Portofino on display, I think just to remind everyone that Chrysler once owned Lamborghini.

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