A Shunpiker's Journal wrap up today’s program talking to Ford’s marketing manager for the new Ranger pickup, Brian Bell, who talks about the fabulous, new, mid-size pickup, the conversion of the trusty Wayne Assembly Plant, and hints about next year’s introduction of the Ranger-based Bronco SUV.
Shunpiker's Journal met up with famous race car driver and racing team owner, Detroit native Robbie Buhl, at a vacant lot in Corktown near the old Michigan Station not long ago for a demonstration of an advanced driving program he and some partners created for teen drivers. His “Teen Street Skills” program spends a whole day teaching skid control, emergency braking, and a variety of skills. Robbie recently moved his racing business to the Corktown neighborhood. Details at www.teenstreetskills.org.
Chris Holman welcomes Glenn Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto; Vice President, Automotive and Mobility Initiatives, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Detroit, MI. Glenn gives a recap of the 2018 MICHauto Summit: Explore Your Automobility Future.
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The challenges of designing innovative products are to balance power, speed, weight, accuracy, strength, and cost. Additive manufacturing (AM) reduces product development lead times and provides geometric freedom, part consolidation, and design individuality. Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is not a new technology. Additive manufacturing first emerged in 1987 with stereolithography (SL), a process that solidifies thin layers of ultraviolet (UV) light‐sensitive liquid polymer using a laser. Since then, various other technologies have been invented such as fused deposition modeling (FDM), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), PolyJet, Electron Beam Melting (EBM), etc.
DEARBORN, MI, (August 22, 2018) — Many Michigan families are sending their children off to college in the coming days and weeks. It’s critical that parents check their insurance policies and how these changes will affect their college student. With coordinating things like tuition fees, books and meal plans, some families don’t consider the new risks that heading to college can create. The risks include loss of personal property without adequate coverage, liability and identity theft.
“Many parents and guardians consider college to be a life-changing experience for students, but it could actually have an impact on our insurance needs as well,” said Randy Williams, Vice President of Michigan Field Operations, AAA – The Auto Club Groups.
The Michigan Business Network recently held its Mobility Luncheon where Director of Mcity, Huei Peng Ph.D gave a keynote speech on the current status of the mobility industry.
There is talk of the autonomous vehicle being on the verge of populating our streets. However, Huei Peng Ph.D begins with the forward statement, “automated is not autonomous.” During his keynote speech he describes five (0-5) levels of automation and most automated vehicles have barely entered into the first level (see slide 2). Huei continues with the multiple challenges that need to be addressed before truly arriving at a safe and reliable point for these vehicles to drive on public roads. This includes testing the vehicles in a controlled environment where they can be be carefully monitored.
Steve Purdy and A.J. Baime provide an update on the Automotive Heritage Awards we talked about on our last program. They presented a series of awards for journalism, special automobiles and one for lifetime achievement at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. Johns. GM executive vice president, Mark Reuss, was there to accept the Future Collectible Vehicle of the Year award from the National Automotive History Collection and the Mercedes Maybach Cabriolet won the Concept Vehicle of the Year honor. Most important is the AHA Lifetime Achievement Award that went to veteran columnist for Road & Track and Cycle World magazines, Peter Egan.
This episode features best-selling author A.J. Baime talking about his masterfully written 4-program series of half-hour stories for the Wondery Business Wars podcast detailing a century of automotive history centered on the epic competition between Ford and Chevrolet. Mr. Baime is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal as well as author of five books about important historical topics. One of his books, Go Like Hell, chronicles the conflict between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari that resulted in Ford building a race car that beat the unbeatable Ferraris at Le Mans.