David C. Smith

David
C. Smith
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

A long-time WardsAuto editor and veteran newsman, Dave focuses on management issues.

Articles
General Motors’ Maven Riding Crest of Mobility Wave
Maven aims to create a foothold in the rapidly expanding dash toward personal mobility, which starts with ride-sharing and ultimately is anticipated to encompass autonomous, or driverless, vehicles.
Bridge Truck-Platooning Test Deemed 'Flawless' 4
The four-truck platoon used a “leader-follower” strategy, with the lead commercial vehicle, under the control of an actual driver, sending steering, acceleration and braking commands to those behind.
Tesla’s ‘Hiccups’: Devil in the Details 3
Tesla has little chance of hitting its 5,000 weekly output during the fourth quarter. The chief reason: Its current production line can’t build vehicles at that rate unless it runs two 10-hour shifts seven days a week, which is unlikely.
Expert Sees Electric-Vehicle Growth Charging Ahead
Denso’s Denise Carlson says GM, Nissan and Tesla are the primary EV producers, but European automakers such as Audi, BMW and Jaguar “are taking Tesla seriously,” as are Ford and other Asian automakers.
Magna’s Walker: Fully Autonomous Vehicles Not Here Yet
Artificial intelligence still may not distinguish between “a ball on the road and the child who kicked it,” Magna CEO Donald Walker says.
Lear Looks Beyond Seating to High Tech
Lear President and CEO Matthew Simoncini says a convergence is at hand between traditional automotive manufacturing and advancing technology including connected vehicles, fully autonomous vehicles, alternative powertrains and mobility solutions.
Suppliers Need to ‘Reboot’ for Sea Change That’s Coming
“We are in a unique situation where we have critical mass to apply to these technologies,” such as autonomous and electric vehicles, OESA’s Mike Jackson says. “We need engaged planning. We have traditionally shown we can add value.”
Explorer Platinum Loaded With Luxury and Tech Features
Observations during the trip: Pleasant ride on both smooth and patchy roads; extremely low wind noise; fast-acting climate control; height of seats excellent for forward viewing and overall comfort; and easy-to-use voice controls.
Toyota Hangs On in Venezuela
“We’re not writing off Venezuela,” says Toyota’s Steve St. Angelo. “It’s tough down there, but we’ll take care of our dealers and operations and everything (eventually) will be OK.”
Americans Missing at MBS NAFTA Session
The Center for Automotive Research tried repeatedly to line up an American official to participate in this week’s discussion of the free-trade agreement at a conference in Michigan. Canadian and Mexican representatives carried on without a U.S. spokesman.
GM’s Maven Orders 250 More Bolts for Car-Sharing Test
During a recent 45-day period the Bolt EV fleet traveled enough to consume 50,000 gallons of gasoline, yet did so with zero emissions.
3-D Printing Can Cut Time, Cost in Auto Industry
There’s potential to reduce the price tag of developing an entirely new vehicle from $600 million today to just $60 million, says a top official with the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
How ‘Billionaires Can Become Millionaires’
AM General executive says startups must do their homework. “They should look at things like successful companies, government regulations and costs, then possibly take their ideas and find a suitable partner,” Kevin Rahrig says.
GM, Ford Logos Absent From Charity Car Show
Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai and a batch of automotive suppliers are supporting the Eyes on Design Automotive Design Exhibition.
The Incredible Shrinking General Motors 2
While it may be a blow to GM’s ego to part ways with Opel, which has been a key source for engineering and product development, not everyone agrees it’s a full-scale retreat.
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