A Toyota executive says his group began focusing on person-to-person and machine-to-machine communication in 2013 to learn how the Industrial Internet of Things could improve machine maintenance, quality and logistics.
Four line-haul Class 8-plus-size autonomous military trucks and 20 roadside radio signals helping them communicate with their surroundings underwent successful testing along a 7-mile stretch of Michigan freeway.
“We can get there with the technology,” Magna’s Swamy Kotagiri says at the Management Briefing Seminars. “The biggest hurdles relate to how much infrastructure (is necessary) and issues related to ethics and liability.”
GM’s purchasing chief concedes the automaker has needed to mend supplier relations, but he says the push for component and vehicle commonality has resulted in longer-term sourcing, which benefits both sides.
An expert says lower wages, growing technology prowess, improved quality and productivity, plus its favorable location amenable to exports, are contributing to Mexico’s success in luring automotive investment.
Mohatarem credits growing employment and near-zero inflation as major factors in the more robust outlook. GM has kept a lid on big incentive programs, he says, which automakers typically employ to stir sales.
The Chevy pickup has comfortable seats, a smooth ride and quiet cabin, and it passed the inclement weather test. But the gas gauge and storage bins are tiny. It’s a worthy competitor in the midsize pickup segment.
Normally a beacon of light, the sprawling Grand Traverse Resort hosting MBS managed to keep open Sunday with a smattering of emergency lighting, but clerks needed glow sticks and light from cell phones to register guests.
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.