Car company – Taxis 4 Smart Cities http://taxis4smartcities.org/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 05:51:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://taxis4smartcities.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-05T160153.519.png Car company – Taxis 4 Smart Cities http://taxis4smartcities.org/ 32 32 Auto parts company wins big with automated packaging https://taxis4smartcities.org/auto-parts-company-wins-big-with-automated-packaging/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/auto-parts-company-wins-big-with-automated-packaging/ The specialist dealer ECS Tuning has long supported the European automotive sector. Founded as a service shop in Norton, Ohio in 1962, the company has grown into a specialty distributor of aftermarket and performance parts for Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Mini, Porsche and Volkswagen. ECS has a catalog of over one million parts, all of […]]]>

The specialist dealer ECS Tuning has long supported the European automotive sector. Founded as a service shop in Norton, Ohio in 1962, the company has grown into a specialty distributor of aftermarket and performance parts for Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Mini, Porsche and Volkswagen. ECS has a catalog of over one million parts, all of which are picked, packaged and shipped from its headquarters, now in Wadsworth, Ohio.

Accelerating growth over the past few years quickly revealed a problem: ECS did not have enough capacity in its manual packaging process to consistently meet customer needs or expectations.

Company executives decided they needed a high-tech solution to meet the challenge.

AUTOMATED PACKAGING TO THE RESCUE

ECS turned to Sparck Technologies and its CVP Impack automated packaging solution to meet both current needs and future demands. Using Sparck’s inline automatic boxing technology, each unique order of one or more items is 3D scanned to determine the minimum box size required. The corrugated cardboard is then cut to size to eliminate unnecessary bulk and the need for filler materials. Finally, the order is automatically packed in a package adapted to its size, registered, weighed and labeled for shipment.

Today, ECS ships orders faster without increasing the load on employees. The system creates a box of the right size every seven seconds, providing higher throughput and making better use of labor resources. According to the two companies, the CVP Impack can perform the work of approximately 20 human packers in an eight-hour period, allowing ECS ​​to eliminate manual choke points while freeing up existing staff for more tasks. great value.

On the customer side, the CVP Impack will automatically pack up to 70% of the ECS catalog with little or no filler or packaging material. Company executives say this goes a long way to improving the customer experience, delivering orders in durable packaging that’s easy to recycle or reuse.

“With more associates picking orders and a machine that can handle the volume, we anticipate a substantial increase in the number of orders being shipped daily,” ECS Tuning general manager of special operations Max Everhard said in a statement outlining the project. “This improvement in efficiency translates into promises kept on shipping times with orders in stock ready to ship the same day.”

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Masked thieves use ‘relay hacking’ to steal €200,000 car in brazen robbery in Co Galway https://taxis4smartcities.org/masked-thieves-use-relay-hacking-to-steal-e200000-car-in-brazen-robbery-in-co-galway/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 13:55:02 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/masked-thieves-use-relay-hacking-to-steal-e200000-car-in-brazen-robbery-in-co-galway/ CCTV footage seen by Sunday World of the brazen theft appears to confirm the method used by predatory thieves to target and steal high-end vehicles. A brand new Range Rover has been stolen outside the showrooms of Adrian Quinn Car Sales in Lahane, south County Galway. Footage released in the early hours of Wednesday morning […]]]>

CCTV footage seen by Sunday World of the brazen theft appears to confirm the method used by predatory thieves to target and steal high-end vehicles.

A brand new Range Rover has been stolen outside the showrooms of Adrian Quinn Car Sales in Lahane, south County Galway.

Footage released in the early hours of Wednesday morning shows a car with its headlights slowing outside the showroom.

The car stops and four men, all hooded, get out of their car and position themselves near the main entrance and also near the targeted car.

They easily open the door of the blue Range Rover, with one man walking away while the other three jump into their own cars.

“This is the first time this has happened in our garage,” Sean Quinn of Adrian Quinn Car Sales told The Sunday World.

“We don’t know exactly how many people were involved. I’m not 100% sure.

“There were no license plates on the vehicle they took. I think they removed the plates from another vehicle that was parked there and changed them to not arouse suspicion of driving probably on the road.

“It’s a (reg) 221. It was selling around the 200 mark.”

Sean does not want us to post the CCTV footage.

“If we got the car back, it would stigmatize it. This is not a car you would sell every day in Ireland. From a point of sale, it would be too easy to spot,” he points out.

The local Garda station in Gort takes care of the flight.

The numbered plates that were inserted on the stolen blue Range Rover read ‘181-D-16435’.

Thieves use relay technology to receive the signal from a key inside a home and transfer it to a portable device, allowing them to unlock and drive the car in minutes.

Many new cars now have keyless entry systems, or can have them added as an upgrade. This allows the driver to open and start the vehicle without using a button or turning a key as long as the key fob is nearby.

Thieves exploit this by using sophisticated technology to hack into your vehicle’s computer, meaning they don’t even need a key fob to start the vehicle and can drive it away in minutes.

Indeed, 96% of motorists are at risk of having their vehicle stolen by criminals using the latest theft technique, according to figures from the security company Tracker.

The main people at risk are cars that use keyless fob, as well as “connected cars”. In other words, those who use the internet to access maps, travel information and music – basically anything with an internet-enabled infotainment system.

A relay attack usually involves two people working together. One is standing next to the targeted vehicle, while the other is standing near the scene with a device that can pick up a signal from the key fob. In addition, some devices can pick up a signal over 100 meters away.

The device then relays the signal from the key fob directly to the car, allowing thieves to enter and leave immediately.

These devices can be purchased for as little as E100 online.

Andy Barrs, head of police liaison at UK security firm Tracker, said: “As relay attacks become more prevalent, owners need to protect themselves, especially as criminal gangs use regularly relay devices to exploit weaknesses in keyless security systems in a wide range. manufacturers.

“These tools are readily available on the internet for just £80 and the thefts usually happen in residential areas, where cars are parked relatively close to the house, especially at night.

“It should be remembered that technology is only one part of vehicle safety and that more vigilance is needed at all levels; this includes car owners, manufacturers, dealers, insurers and the police.

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Lithia & Driveway make 3 distinct moves, reflecting the depth of the business https://taxis4smartcities.org/lithia-driveway-make-3-distinct-moves-reflecting-the-depth-of-the-business/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 16:17:35 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/lithia-driveway-make-3-distinct-moves-reflecting-the-depth-of-the-business/ Lithia & Driveway showed the depth and diversity of its automotive business via the trio of moves the company announced on Tuesday. The actions included the acquisition of five stores, an equity issue associated with its financial company, and the launch of a state-of-the-art customer relationship management (CRM) and workflow platform. The acquisition allowed Lithia […]]]>

Lithia & Driveway showed the depth and diversity of its automotive business via the trio of moves the company announced on Tuesday.

The actions included the acquisition of five stores, an equity issue associated with its financial company, and the launch of a state-of-the-art customer relationship management (CRM) and workflow platform.

The acquisition allowed Lithia & Driveway to expand its North Central footprint with the purchase of five Wilde Automotive Group stores in Wisconsin.

According to a press release, the Wisconsin group was started by Harold Wilde in 1966 and includes Wilde Toyota, Wilde Subaru, Wilde Honda, Wilde CJDR and East Towne Honda.

Together, Lithia & Driveway said those stores are expected to generate $625 million in annualized revenue. LAD also expects to complete network optimization (divestments) of approximately $625 million in annualized revenue in 2022.

Lithia & Driveway stressed that the pipeline of opportunities to continue network expansion remains “robust, leading LAD to another record year of growth.”

Lithia & Driveway President and CEO Bryan DeBoer then said in the press release, “We are thrilled to welcome these high-performing teams to our Lithia & Driveway family.

“Their continued pursuit of excellence has earned them numerous awards, including the President’s Recognition for Honda Stores and the Toyota Store, as well as excellent reputations for serving their customers and communities,” he added. .

Meanwhile, the company said in the same statement that Driveway Finance Corp. (DFC) had completed its second issuance of securities backed by its initial auto finance portfolio, raising more than $298 million in additional capital to fund growth.

“DFC continues to receive favorable pricing and credit ratings,” said Lithia & Driveway Vice President of Finance Chuck Lietz. “We are confident in our ability to fund DFC using a combination of our conduit facilities and our securitizations, which will enable us to grow DFC in the years to come and support LAD’s realization of more than $1 in EPS for every $1 billion in revenue.”

The company said DFC creations now make up around 10% of LAD’s overall business and are expected to grow to 15% in the coming years.

Executives noted that this growing revenue stream further diversifies LAD’s business model, increases profitability and improves consumer loyalty with its Driveway and GreenCars stores and national brands.

Finally, Driveway activated Freeway, a state-of-the-art customer relationship management (CRM) and workflow platform, enabling its care centers to serve customers more seamlessly and efficiently when shopping. , finance, sell and maintain their vehicles in comfort. of their homes.

“We are excited to deploy Freeway, our latest strategic platform to further fuel the growth of Driveway and LAD’s omnichannel capabilities,” said George Hines, chief innovation and technology officer of Lithia & Driveway.

“We create a competitive advantage by leveraging technology and data to anticipate our customers’ needs. Our Freeway Platform gives our Driveway Care Centers a unified view of our customers’ journey to meet their needs as efficiently as possible,” continued Hines.

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Woman injured when train hits police cruiser in Platteville CO https://taxis4smartcities.org/woman-injured-when-train-hits-police-cruiser-in-platteville-co/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 16:18:54 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/woman-injured-when-train-hits-police-cruiser-in-platteville-co/ A train hit a patrol car parked on the tracks in Platteville, injuring a woman inside who police had previously detained, Colorado officials say. Getty Images/iStockphoto A 20-year-old woman inside a police cruiser parked on train tracks north of Platteville was injured when a train hit the vehicle, Colorado officials told news organizations. A Colorado […]]]>

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A train hit a patrol car parked on the tracks in Platteville, injuring a woman inside who police had previously detained, Colorado officials say.

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A 20-year-old woman inside a police cruiser parked on train tracks north of Platteville was injured when a train hit the vehicle, Colorado officials told news organizations.

A Colorado Bureau of Investigation press release said a Platteville police officer investigating a road rage incident arrested the woman at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 16, near US 85 and Weld County Road 38 .

The woman stopped “just past the train tracks” and the officer stopped behind her “on the tracks”, according to the statement.

Two Fort Lupton police officers arrived and arrested the woman, a Greeley resident, on suspicion of having a gun, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation reported.

Officers placed the woman in the back of the Platteville officer’s patrol car and went to search his vehicle, the statement said.

A northbound train then rammed the police car, the agency said.

The woman was hospitalized with a “significant brain injury,” the Colorado State Patrol told KMGH. No officers were injured in the crash.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Colorado State Patrol and Fort Lupton police are investigating.

There were 236 railroad crossing fatalities and 668 railroad crossing injuries in 2021 in the United States, according to Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit group promoting rail safety.

Platteville is a town of 3,000 people located about 35 miles north of Denver.

Don Sweeney has been a journalist and editor in California for over 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

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What does the National Mall look like at 4am? For work, they found out. https://taxis4smartcities.org/what-does-the-national-mall-look-like-at-4am-for-work-they-found-out/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 00:44:39 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/what-does-the-national-mall-look-like-at-4am-for-work-they-found-out/ During the day, the National Mall is very lively. Middle schools parade on class trips, visitors flock to the Smithsonians and intramural athletes compete on the verdant lawn, driving the number of visitors to the site to 32 million a year. But night is when Earl Lee was stationed there earlier this month – when […]]]>

During the day, the National Mall is very lively. Middle schools parade on class trips, visitors flock to the Smithsonians and intramural athletes compete on the verdant lawn, driving the number of visitors to the site to 32 million a year.

But night is when Earl Lee was stationed there earlier this month – when tourists slept in their downtown hotels, when the crusty gravel of the mall’s walkways remained untouched., when the sparkling storefront he guarded along Seventh Street NW provided some of the only light around, fluorescent and soft white.

“You don’t get jobs like this all the time,” Lee, 52, said early one morning as construction hummed at the National Air and Space Museum a block away. . He looked up at the night sky, but his gratitude was more grounded. “You don’t have anyone on your back or any of that,” he said.

The National Park Service requires organizations holding events on the mall to ensure “no equipment or materials are left unattended at any time,” including overnight, and so Lee was there, overseeing the baby blue 1952 Hudson Hornet parked inside. large glass box. The show was part of an annual “Cars at the Capital” exhibit hosted by the Hagerty Drivers Foundation, a subsidiary of a classic vehicle insurance company, whose mission statement calls “American Automotive Heritage.” deserves to be saved and celebrated”.

Lee owns a few cars and motorcycles, but it was mostly a job, and his own mission statement — as he sat low in his lawn chair next to the Hornet, hours after his 6 p.m. 6 a.m. – was crossing it.

The history of the National Mall, from the White House to the Museum of African American History

Lee was the third generation of his family to be born and raised in Prince George’s County and, like many locals, rarely came to the mall; he had last visited, he said, during his son’s field trip to the Museum of African American History. He calls himself retired, though his list of jobs, formal and informal, is long: running a restaurant business; rental of party equipment; making tombstones and tombstones; run errands for neighbours, friends and relatives. A father of two and grandfather of three, he says he learned craftsmanship from his father, who worked as a carpenter for Washington Gas.

Lee was a plumber until he was packing for the last job of the week in June 2011, strapping cargo to the back of his car, when a bungee cord closed over his right eye, causing the leaving him partially blind. He won a workers’ compensation lawsuit, but time out ate him.

The American protests go down in history. Museums document this in real time.

“I’m so used to taking care of your family, and it comes down to where — nothing, no money coming in. It was tough,” he said. “Those were times when I got in my truck, set the cruise control to 75 and let the wheel go. It was just so bad. But I’m fine now. That’s why I try to stay busy.

But also be careful. In August 2021, he thought he had heartburn, but sweat started pouring out of his body. When he stopped by his local fire department, his blood pressure and sugar levels were skyrocketing. “They said they didn’t even know how I got there,” Lee recalled. “I had a heart attack and I didn’t even know it.”

He’s fine now, he said. “I have to take it slow, but I can’t slow down.”

The guard service was quite slow. Lee and one of his fellow guardsmen, Enrique Galvan, spent some of their time streaming on their phones and tablets — “Alaskan Bush People” that night for Lee, “Jurassic World Dominion” another night for Galvan and trying to dodge the mall’s sprinkler system. They spent other parts of the time sharing information about the Hornet with passers-by. At around 11:30 p.m., an amateur photographer waved a light around the car and took time-lapse photos. Soft piano singing emanated from a pop-up church on the grass nearby, itself guarded by three other workers.

Galvan, 42 and soft-spoken, said he had worked for security on and off for five years, including gigs at the Bullpen at Navy Yard during the Nationals World Series in 2019. He was an optician for 18 years, until he lost his job during the pandemic. Now, like Lee, like many district night workers, he juggles gigs, sometimes driving his Toyota Camry wherever Lyft or DoorDash orders take him.

Eventually, Galvan, a Bowie native, wants to cook for a living. He thinks, on these quiet nights, of trying to perfect his jerk chicken recipe, and the shorter term things. “What bills you have to pay, things to do during the day,” he said. ” … I do not sleep. I am a night owl.

And so the men sat down. Around 1:30 a.m., tourists passed by on scooters and bikes, glancing at the passing Hornet, symbol of a vintage, sepia-toned snapshot of Americana. According to Hagerty, the muscle cars have sold for up to $1.2 million.

Lee and Galvan worked there for a company owned by Lee’s sister-in-law, where a recent publication lists wages ranging from $20 to $24 an hour. A few weeks prior, the company had deployed the men to the Citi Open at the Rock Creek Tennis Center.

“I had to be there at 7 a.m.,” said Lee, who drove up from Clinton, Maryland, in his Ford Flex. “I didn’t leave until 1am, 2am, because I couldn’t leave until all the players left. So, I was there before the players and after the players, and I’m going to drive 45 minutes home, sleep for two hours, get up and then go straight back up there.

The weather on the mall was a change. Galvan was left in advance with his young nieces. Lee was left thinking about a trip to the farm, to pick up a pig for a customer’s whole pork barbecue, his retirement hustle continuing.

A stream of runners passed around 5 a.m., the first visitors to the mall’s mechanical wave. Sunrise would soon follow and, with it, the end of the day for Lee and Galvan, who were heading home and preparing for the start of a new night.

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Biden in Detroit to tout his electric vehicle accomplishments https://taxis4smartcities.org/biden-in-detroit-to-tout-his-electric-vehicle-accomplishments/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 17:21:42 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/biden-in-detroit-to-tout-his-electric-vehicle-accomplishments/ DETROIT — President Biden will try to refocus voters’ attention on the country’s progress in transitioning to electric vehicles under his leadership when he visits the North American International Auto Show on Wednesday afternoon. in Detroit. In a speech, Biden will outline how consumers and the U.S. economy could benefit from the climate package he […]]]>

DETROIT — President Biden will try to refocus voters’ attention on the country’s progress in transitioning to electric vehicles under his leadership when he visits the North American International Auto Show on Wednesday afternoon. in Detroit.

In a speech, Biden will outline how consumers and the U.S. economy could benefit from the climate package he recently signed, which injects billions of dollars in new federal investment into the electric vehicle (EV) sector and pushes automakers to move their manufacturing plants ashore.

The president is also expected to promote progress on the administration’s goal of installing more than 500,000 electric vehicle chargers, using $7.5 billion authorized by Congress earlier in Biden’s term.

“President Biden’s economic plan has fueled a boom in electric vehicle manufacturing in America,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said to a group of reporters. “We’ll see this on full display in Detroit, Michigan today.”

This Midwestern factory was dead. Electric vehicles have revived it.

The remarks come as the administration faces economic and political headwinds, with Tuesday’s disheartening inflation numbers and corresponding stock market tumble adding to challenges already faced by Democrats in a mid-election. – Difficult mandate.

The political stakes in today’s speech were underscored by Jean-Pierre, who sought to contrast Biden’s plans with those of some Congressional Republicans who are working today to advance a federal ban on abortion in Senate.

“While President Biden is in Michigan focusing on strengthening our economy,” Jean-Pierre said, “extreme MAGA Republicans are consumed by their efforts to disenfranchise millions of women.”

The White House says companies have invested nearly $85 billion in the electric vehicle sector since taking office.

Biden signs sweeping bill to fight climate change and cut health care costs

The climate package promises to accelerate the pace of these investments, as it includes provisions that provide federal subsidies for companies moving their supply chains to the United States and a handful of other countries with which America has entered into free trade agreements. In 2022, firms invested triple what they did in the sector in the United States in 2020, according to the White House. The number of electric vehicles sold has also tripled since Biden took office.

Among the investments recently announced by automakers are $2.5 billion from Toyota for the North Carolina plant and $3.7 billion from Ford for new assembly plants in the industrial Midwest. Vinfast announced that it would spend $5 billion on a battery factory in North Carolina that would create 13,000 jobs.

The address is part of a wider campaign by the White House to promote the climate package and educate voters about its impact on their daily lives. Earlier this week, the administration launched its cleanenergy.gov website, a place consumers can go to see exactly what tax credits and rebates they can use to upgrade their homes and transportation.

It provides a card to save thousands of dollars with new incentives that reduce the cost of electric vehicles, solar panels, heat pumps and other efficient appliances. The site also explains how tax credits help ease the financial burden on individuals and families in all economic sectors.

The Detroit address is also part of a White House push to make consumers more comfortable with electric vehicles, assuring them that prices will come down and charging stations will soon be more widely available. Only 5% of Americans currently drive electric vehicles, and wider buy-in is critical to the success of Biden’s plan to have half of cars sold in the United States be electric by 2030.

The White House strives to locate chargers within 50 miles of each other for most drivers. The administration is also focused on cutting costs amid criticism that new tax breaks for electric vehicle purchases favor affluent people who can afford to buy them.

The Inflation Reduction Act tax credits aim to bring the prices of electric vehicles closer to those of comparable gas-powered models, but there is still a significant price gap that is expected to persist for years.

The average price of an electric vehicle in the United States is $66,000, about $20,000 more than the average price of a regular car. Bringing prices down is difficult in an era of disrupted supply chains, when the computer chips and battery components needed to assemble cars are in short supply.

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GM’s Cruise Robotaxi service will expand to Phoenix, Austin https://taxis4smartcities.org/gms-cruise-robotaxi-service-will-expand-to-phoenix-austin/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 23:06:00 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/gms-cruise-robotaxi-service-will-expand-to-phoenix-austin/ SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — General Motors’ self-driving car company said Monday it plans to expand a recently launched robotaxi service in California into new markets in Arizona and Texas before the end of this year. Cruise, a San Francisco startup that General Motors bought six years ago, told an audience at an investor conference that […]]]>

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — General Motors’ self-driving car company said Monday it plans to expand a recently launched robotaxi service in California into new markets in Arizona and Texas before the end of this year.

Cruise, a San Francisco startup that General Motors bought six years ago, told an audience at an investor conference that a self-driving transportation service that began charging San Francisco passengers in June will debut in Phoenix and Austin, Texas in the next 90 days.

As it has done in parts of San Francisco overnight, Cruise’s ride-hailing service will transport passengers in vehicles that will not have a safety driver to take control in the event of a robotic technology malfunction. . Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt did not provide additional details on ride-sharing services in Phoenix and Austin.

When its ride-sharing service enters Phoenix, Cruise will be competing with another robotaxi service run by Waymo, a Google spinoff, which already charges passengers there. Waymo is also testing a robotaxi service in San Francisco that has not yet been allowed to charge passengers.

Although Vogt told investors that the driverless ride service in San Francisco was gaining many loyal customers, Cruise ran into trouble the day after receiving his license from California regulators to start collecting fares.

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In a regulatory disclosure earlier this month, Cruise revealed it recalled 80 of its driverless vehicles for a software update after one of the cars was involved in a crash that resulted in minor injuries. .

Cruise told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that one of his vehicles was making an unprotected left turn at an intersection when it was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The Cruise vehicle had to be towed away from the scene, according to the regulatory filing.

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Tesla gave us technology on wheels, so how come it forgot to include service centers? | John Naughton https://taxis4smartcities.org/tesla-gave-us-technology-on-wheels-so-how-come-it-forgot-to-include-service-centers-john-naughton/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 20:54:00 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/tesla-gave-us-technology-on-wheels-so-how-come-it-forgot-to-include-service-centers-john-naughton/ Jhe first thing you learn from buying a Tesla, as this columnist did in December 2020, is that the neighbors immediately begin to hold Elon Musk personally responsible for it. The company’s co-founder and now supreme leader is, we find, widely regarded by non-techies as a fruitcake with a bad Twitter habit, so it follows […]]]>

Jhe first thing you learn from buying a Tesla, as this columnist did in December 2020, is that the neighbors immediately begin to hold Elon Musk personally responsible for it. The company’s co-founder and now supreme leader is, we find, widely regarded by non-techies as a fruitcake with a bad Twitter habit, so it follows that anyone who buys one of his cars must be a follower of the richest in the world. crazy and therefore not properly grounded.

Interestingly, there was a time, not too long ago, in 2005 to be precise, that this view of Musk was shared by sensible German men in suits, who scoffed at the idea of ​​this fool building automobiles. Didn’t he know that making cars is hard and that BMW, Mercedes, Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, Toyota and the rest had spent the better part of a century figuring out how to do it profitably at scale? Sure, he might be able to produce expensive toys for Silicon Valley types – but real cars?

The industry’s paltry skepticism reminds me of 2007, when Apple launched the iPhone. This was at a time when Nokia and Blackberry dominated the world and the mobile phone market was considered “mature”. Yet here’s Steve Jobs in his black turtleneck — a guy with no experience in the mobile industry — touting a phone without a keyboard and a battery that users couldn’t replace.

Well, we know how this story unfolded. Nokia and company failed to notice that what Jobs had created was a powerful networked computer that fit in the hand and could also make phone calls. Ultimately, this phone upended – and transformed – a “mature” industry.

What’s interesting is that with Tesla, history seems to have repeated itself. The company built nearly a million cars last year and sold them all. There seems to be a waiting list for every car they’re building right now. And just as Nokia, a hardware company that didn’t understand software, was gutted by the smartphone, the Ice (internal combustion engine) boys were overwhelmed by Tesla. They thought electric vehicles should just be cars with electric motors; Musk’s idea was that they should be software on wheels. That’s why all electric vehicles are now like Teslas – giant skateboards with wheels on all four corners.

But Musk didn’t just reinvent the car. He also sought to reinvent the industry. Teslas would not be sold through dealerships but directly to customers. Instead, there would be a small number of corporate “service” centers, as well as flying teams of technicians who could provide assistance if needed. The reason for this was that electric vehicles are much less complicated than ice creams and require much less maintenance. No pesky dealerships or their oil-soaked mechanics needed. CQFD.

Now, it’s undeniable that electric vehicles require less routine maintenance than conventional automobiles, with their volatile fluids, controlled explosions, and hot gases. But cars, no matter how well made, always develop faults or malfunctions. And one of the problems with Teslas from the start is that their build quality – say flimsy paintwork or the way the body panels fit together, for example – left something to be desired at times and certainly wouldn’t pass on a BMW production line.

In the Ice Age, if the car you bought has any flaws or issues, you talk to the dealership about it. But for Tesla owners, there is no dealership, just Musk’s corporate empire. And it turns out, for some frustrated drivers, that empire might as well be on Mars. In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission has received more than a thousand complaints about poor service. A trawl from Trustpilot or Reddit reveals the frustrations of Tesla owners who love their cars but are disappointed with service outages.

If you are charitable, you could explain this as growing pains. After all, it’s a company that’s grown like crazy – from producing 35,000 cars in 2014 to 930,422 in 2021. But the number of its service centers hasn’t grown in proportion to that growth. In the first quarter of this year, for example, Tesla’s US production increased by 68% compared to the same quarter last year, but the number of service centers only increased by 20%. The company has only 30 in the UK and 160 in the US, a country where an Ice company can have up to 10,000 dealerships nationwide.

A less charitable explanation is that Tesla, like all tech companies, subscribes to the pernicious delusion that employing humans to do customer service is a dumb analog idea when most of those functions can supposedly be handled by AI or at least by a call center. In this sense, the difficulties encountered by Tesla owners when trying to obtain help or repairs are more like those encountered by Facebook users trying to access the account of a deceased relative or, as I recounted this last week, a Google user trying to get his account restored after an erroneous cancellation. Tesla is a technology company that manufactures cars.

what i read

money never sleeps
The economist who knows that the miracle is over is very nice Atlantic Annie Lowrey’s piece on Brad DeLong and his long duration history of capitalism.

Welcome back
Business strategist Rob Miller asks in a nice essay on his Roblog platform titled Cultivating Serendipity if it’s possible to organize your life in a way that maximizes the chances of happy accidents.

sense of the horse
TikTok: Trojan Stallion is a sobering blog post by marketing professor Scott Galloway on his No Mercy/No Malice website.

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Kidnapping claims on stolen car are false https://taxis4smartcities.org/kidnapping-claims-on-stolen-car-are-false/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 19:18:45 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/kidnapping-claims-on-stolen-car-are-false/ Claire Fontstein, Personal editor September 8, 2022Updated: September 8, 2022 4:57 p.m. Recent news Houston Chronicle An investigation has found that allegations of a child’s abduction on Thursday morning are false, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted. The 6-month-old child, believed to be in a stolen vehicle, was with a relative at the time of […]]]>

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An investigation has found that allegations of a child’s abduction on Thursday morning are false, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted.

The 6-month-old child, believed to be in a stolen vehicle, was with a relative at the time of the theft.

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Anthony Ray Gray, 38, allegedly made the removal request to get a better response to his stolen vehicle, according to Gonzalez. Gray was arrested and charged with filing a false report.

The vehicle was collected from the 16400 block of Eton Brook Lane on Thursday morning.

The car was stolen from a C-Store in Imperial Valley. The initial claim was that when Gray entered the store, he left the car running with the child inside, and an unknown man entered the car and drove off with the vehicle.

Gonzalez had tweeted a photo of the presumed missing child, asking the community to help find him.



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Cyrus Mistry, former chairman of Tata Sons, dies in a car accident https://taxis4smartcities.org/cyrus-mistry-former-chairman-of-tata-sons-dies-in-a-car-accident/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 06:13:00 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/cyrus-mistry-former-chairman-of-tata-sons-dies-in-a-car-accident/ Mistry, 54, was one of two people who died when the car they were traveling in hit a barrier between two lanes, according to Shrikant Shinde, a Maharashtra police official. Two other people in the vehicle were injured and taken to hospital, he added. Autopsies would be carried out on the two who died at […]]]>

Mistry, 54, was one of two people who died when the car they were traveling in hit a barrier between two lanes, according to Shrikant Shinde, a Maharashtra police official.

Two other people in the vehicle were injured and taken to hospital, he added.

Autopsies would be carried out on the two who died at a hospital in Mumbai, said Pradeep Dhodhi, a medical official in Palghar district.

Mistry is best known as the former chairman of Tata Sons, the huge Indian conglomerate that owned Jaguar, Land Rover and Taj Hotels.

Mistry was best known as the former chairman of Tata Sons, the huge Indian conglomerate that owned Jaguar, Land Rover and Taj Hotels.
The Irish-Indian businessman made headlines in 2011 when he was announced as Tata’s chosen successor and became the first person not directly linked to the Tata family to run the company bearing his name.

Mistry’s family was a major stakeholder in the Mumbai-based conglomerate, which runs leading businesses across multiple sectors.

In 2016, Mistry was replaced in a sudden company shake-up that saw former chairman Ratan Tata come out of retirement to lead the company on a temporary basis. Mistry’s ousting created a bitter public feud between the former chairman and the group’s board.
Prior to his time at Tata, Mistry was best known as the son of Indian construction billionaire Pallonji Mistry and headed the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, a major construction company known for erecting skyscrapers and stadiums across India.

“I am deeply saddened by the sudden and untimely passing of Mr. Cyrus Mistry,” Tata Sons Chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran said in a statement shared with CNN Business on Monday.

“He had a passion for life and it is truly tragic that he passed away at such a young age. My deepest condolences and prayers for his family at this difficult time.”

Other business and government leaders also reacted in shock over the weekend, taking to social media to express their condolences.

“Shri Cyrus Mistry’s untimely demise is shocking. He was a promising business leader who believed in India’s economic prowess,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. tweeted. “His passing is a great loss to the world of commerce and industry.”

Gautam Adani, the country’s richest man, also said he was “shocked and saddened to learn of the death”.

“One of the finest gentlemen I have known, he was one of the finest businessmen of his generation. It is a tragic loss. He was recalled too soon,” he added. . wrote on Twitter. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Rishi Iyengar contributed to this report.

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