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GM: Software, New Battery Parts Will Solve Bolt Fire Issues

AP News Radio

00:48 sec | 2 weeks ago

GM: Software, New Battery Parts Will Solve Bolt Fire Issues

"General Motors says engineers have found a fix to a battery problem with Chevy bolt electric cars GM recalled nearly seventy thousand Chevy bolt hatchbacks around the world after reports of fires two people suffered smoke inhalation and the house was set ablaze in separate incidents involving five cars after being stopped at first engineers tracked the problem to a manufacturing defect in battery modules major the Caribbean planned for may twenty sixteen through may twenty nineteen the defect can cause a short and a cell which can trigger a fire for now owner should limit charges to ninety percent of capacity as dealers install diagnostic software that will warn the owners of any problems once the final recall repairs are made owners can fully recharge their batteries I'm Tim McGuire

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Fresh "General Motors" from Frank Beckmann

Frank Beckmann

00:35 min | 2 hrs ago

Fresh "General Motors" from Frank Beckmann

"Arrive in Michigan shortly he'll be visiting the Ford Motor Company's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn. The sites where the automaker will be building the new electric F 1 50 pickup truck. And the president has proposed $174 billion in federal spending toward making America first in the electric vehicle race, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says, Like it or not, electric is the way of the future for transportation. But we we can't control where the future is. General Motors has said. It's going to be 100% electric vehicles by 2035. Ford is going in that direction. That by the way is why today is exciting. Because you know people here evey is they think foo foo or luxury car? Well, this is an F 1 50 truck, the most popular truck in this country. Auto industry experts say the F 1 50 is a strong example of a zero emissions vehicle that has mess market appeal. Thousands of volunteers looking for a missing grandmother from Casco Township north of New Baltimore, 84 year old Nadine Moses, left home in a dark blue Ford edge May 4th and has not been seen since her family says. She has mild cognitive impairment. Her phone last Ping Damn Marine City. Anybody with information as to call the Sinclair County Sheriff's Office, Police and Marine City are asking residents to check their video of the ring doorbells or security cameras. They're going to try to figure out if perhaps she driven by in which direction she was headed. Vaccination rates continue to slow down all across Michigan. Dr. Marisa Eisenberg is an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan. We're still making progress, but it is definitely getting slower. We're already seeing lower demand this week than we did last week, a political associate afford US Florida U. S representative Matt Gates, pleading guilty to sex crimes in a federal court in Orlando. It comes as rumors that Gates himself is the target of an investigation something He denies. The American Hotel and Lodging Association is recommending hotels ease a masking restrictions in line with updated guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control. Democrat Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, announcing that the state will dole out one time direct payments of $1000 to 10,000 long term unemployed people who find work before the end of the year and add another shortage to the list. If you're looking for work And you like to drive this might be for you Boxes. Business networks. Jeff Flock reports planes, Maybe faster trains may be cheaper. But when it comes to getting freight from point a to point B trucks do most of the work. And the shortage of qualified people to drive them is now hitting home See Sue Energy in Texas is now offering to pay experienced drivers $14,000 a week. Because the CEO Jim Grundy tells Fox business I just can't find enough drivers. We have folks making 3 $400,000.90 year, driving a tractor trailer in their mid twenties with college.

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Honda to Phase Out Gas-Powered Cars by 2040 in North America

AP News Radio

00:43 sec | 3 weeks ago

Honda to Phase Out Gas-Powered Cars by 2040 in North America

"Honda has announced plans to phase out gasoline powered vehicles in North America in less than twenty years with the goal of becoming carbon neutral Honda made its environmentally friendly announcement as global leaders were meeting for a climate summit the Japanese automaker says they have plans to have forty percent of all northern American vehicles powered by battery or fuel cells by twenty thirty eighty percent by twenty thirty five and no more gas vehicles by twenty forty for the US China or Japan Honda says it will focus on battery powered electric vehicles but it's also working on hydrogen powered fuel cells with General Motors hi Jackie Quinn

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Fresh update on "general motors" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News

WTOP 24 Hour News

00:41 min | 6 hrs ago

Fresh update on "general motors" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News

"Now a person who opened fire on two Charles County Sheriff's deputies has been found dead inside a home in Waldorf. Family members called police here to the home on Josephine Road. They say the person was wanted and was having mental health issues. Sheriff Troy there, he says Two deputies were lead inside the home. The officers got to the upstairs area of the home and was immediately fired upon by the individual in a resident Officers was two officers was struck multiple times. The officers returned fire, but it's not known yet if that's how the suspect died. Ah, handgun was found beside the person's body. The deputies injuries are not life threatening. In Waldorf, Kyle Cooper w T. O P News Amazons crown Jewel for its second headquarters in Arlington, might not meet certain height standard. The helix is supposed to be the centerpiece of Amazon's HQ, too. But the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority finds the structure will be too tall. Exceeding FAA height standards near Reagan National Airport. By 13. FT. Amazon is responding, telling W T o p that they look forward to continue working with the FAA on their application. A person familiar with Amazon's HQ to construction tells us that this is not the final design but that they believe it is in line with FAA regulations. A source with direct knowledge of the FAA review process says exceeding one of their standards is not a restriction and is only an indicator that further study is needed. Kenzo. FEA W T O P News Coming up an update to the Mask policy Now for many federal workers, it's 7 37 celebrating diversity on the hill brought to you by General Motors, New York Congressman Antonio Delgado says This is a unique time. We have been through quite a bit of late on the question of race. He once worked in the music industry, empowering young people through hip hop, he says It's important to address critical issues related to blacks and criminal justice is a collective energy on the quest. Section of race and it is important in this moment right now to tap into that energy. I'm Mitchell Miller. I'm tell them a greeter, chief Diversity Equity and inclusion officer for General Motors GM. We believe change starts with our employees. We've created a culture that celebrates our differences in a commitment to become the most inclusive company in the world. Every background is welcome. Every.

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Safety Groups, Unions Urge US to Fix Recalled Government Vehicles

AP News Radio

00:51 sec | Last month

Safety Groups, Unions Urge US to Fix Recalled Government Vehicles

"Consumer groups are calling on the U. S. government to stop using or selling fleet vehicles that have unrepaired issues that it prompted a safety recall the center for auto safety Consumer Reports and several large government employee unions have asked the White House to push the general services administration to address safety issues within the government fleet including vehicles with Takata airbags faulty General Motors ignition switches or other issues that led to a safety recall the group say by not fixing these problems tens of thousands of federal employees and everyone on the road are endangered the U. S. government has more than six hundred thousand vehicles in its fleet some of which are later sold to the public Jackie Quinn Washington

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US Investigating Possible Air Bag Failures in GM Vehicles

AP News Radio

00:41 sec | Last month

US Investigating Possible Air Bag Failures in GM Vehicles

"An investigation has started into possible airbag failures in General Motors vehicles the national highway traffic safety administration is investigating complaints that the air bags may not inflate in a crash the agency says it has had fifteen complaints of airbag malfunctions including six crashes and eight reported injuries the probe covers nearly seven hundred fifty thousand Chevrolet Cadillac and GMC vehicles from twenty twenty and twenty twenty one most are full size pickup trucks and SUVs GM issued a service bulletin to dealers about the problem in March but there hasn't been a recall on my campus

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Biden Meets With CEOs on Semiconductor Shortage, Says US Must Invest

WSJ What's News

00:29 sec | Last month

Biden Meets With CEOs on Semiconductor Shortage, Says US Must Invest

"President biden met with top officials and senior executives from ford general motors intel alphabet and others today to discuss the global semiconductor shortage. He touted his two point three trillion dollar infrastructure plan which includes fifty billion dollars for the american semiconductor industry. That would go toward building factories and research and design and has bipartisan support. Chips are used across industries but supply has dwindled with growing demand for products says covid nineteen has shifted work and consumer behavior

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White House To Meet With Tech Leaders About Semiconductor Shortage

WBZ Midday News

00:46 sec | Last month

White House To Meet With Tech Leaders About Semiconductor Shortage

"Are growing about the global shortage of semi conductors and the White House today is holding a virtual summit with leaders from several companies that are impacted. President Biden today will spend a few minutes joining a virtual summit on semiconductors and supply chain resilience that the White House is convening with CEOs from leading chip manufacturers and automakers. Global shortage of semiconductors used in cars has forced Ford and General Motors to cut production of plants in North America, leading to concerns about inventory. The shortage has also impacted the technology industry, computers, cell phones and video gaming systems. The president's $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan calls for a $50 billion investment in semiconductor manufacturing and research. Karen Travers, ABC NEWS Washington.

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GM cutting overtime shifts at two U.S. truck plants due to chip shortage

Bloomberg Businessweek

00:18 sec | Last month

GM cutting overtime shifts at two U.S. truck plants due to chip shortage

"Forcing General Motors to reduce overtime shifts at two assembly plants. The cuts will affect Flint, Michigan and Fort Wayne Indiana plants, which produce a variety of pick up models from the Chevy and GMC brands. A total of three overtime shifts between both facilities will be removed this weekend. I'm Brian shook

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Chip Shortage Forces More Production Cuts by GM, Ford

All Things Considered

00:58 sec | Last month

Chip Shortage Forces More Production Cuts by GM, Ford

"Plants across North America are on pause as companies like General Motors and Ford deal with ongoing shortages of computer chips and other supplies. MPR's Camilla Domino Ski has been following the story and joins us now. Hey, Camilla! I also so what exactly is the problem facing these plants? All the single biggest problem is a shortage of computer chips. The companies that make semiconductors just couldn't keep pace with how quickly demand for cars came back from pandemic clothes. And there are AH lot of computer chips in modern cars. They're tucked in everything from engines to the seats. That's how they can tell if you're sitting in them. So you now have plants shutting down for days to weeks. General Motors just announced to more plants that are going on pause. Ford has four down right now and even plants that are still open. You know, most major automakers have had to cut production somewhere. Wow. Well, So

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GM to Halt Production at Plants Due to Chip Shortage

Noon Report with Rick Van Cise

00:25 sec | Last month

GM to Halt Production at Plants Due to Chip Shortage

"As a semiconductor chip shortage drags on. General Motors says it will need to temporarily idle or extend shutdowns at several North American production plants. Semiconductors are key components used in, among other things, vehicle's infotainment, power steering and braking systems, Although it says closure related cause have already been factored into the automakers. Earnings forecast for this year. Shares of GM are down

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GM Confirms Electric Chevrolet Silverado Pickup to Follow Hummer EV

News and Perspective with Taylor Van Cise

00:25 sec | Last month

GM Confirms Electric Chevrolet Silverado Pickup to Follow Hummer EV

"Version of a popular pickup truck is in the works. General Motors says It'll build a Silverado evey at factory zero in Detroit in Hamtramck. The automaker says, or run on G. M's multi, UM, battery platform and give driver's an estimated 400 miles on a full charge. It didn't provide our production date later this year, and next year That plant will start making the 2022 GMC Hummer TV pickup and the crew's origin evey. Paychecks is

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Chip shortage has Detroit automakers struggling to maintain truck production and meet orders

The Boxer Show

00:21 sec | 2 months ago

Chip shortage has Detroit automakers struggling to maintain truck production and meet orders

"Chips continues to take a toll on automakers who are expanding and extending production cuts at some North American plants. Ford is the most recent one to take further action, halting production at plants in Ohio and Kentucky. RAM truck producer Still antis, Nissan, Honda and General Motors have also been affected. Stocks finished higher to start

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Global Shortage in Semiconductors Increases

Latest In Tech News

03:55 min | 2 months ago

Global Shortage in Semiconductors Increases

"Global shortage in computer chips reaches crisis point. And i really wish that they would just break more into what's actually going on behind the scenes. I get it maybe to some extent. We might not actually know what's going on. But let's hop on into the articles. He what's up. Consumers are facing price rises and shortages of products from. Tv's mobile phones to cars and game consoles as a global shortage in. Semiconductors grows shortage in chips. The brain with an electronic device in the world has been steadily worsening since last year now. Initially the problem was only temporarily in supplies. Factories shut down when the pandemic i hit however although production is back to normal a new surge in demand driven by changing habits fueled by the pandemic means that now is reaching a crisis point car manufacturers investing in tech heavy electric vehicles. Which is okay. I'm just going to make a point to some extent stupid. Gopher hybrid the boom in sales of tv's in home computers launch new game consoles five g. Mobile phones have all driven demand. So we know that demand has been going on an increase to like crazy stupid level that we haven't seen before even a mighty apple a two trillion dollar company in the world's biggest buyer of semiconductors spending fifty eight billion annually was forced to delay the launch of much hyped iphone twelve by two months last year due to the shortage in one of the reasons. Chips are everything says neal camping media in tech analyst at mehrabad. There's a perfect storm of supply and demand factors going on here but basically there is a new level of demand that can't be kept up with everyone is in crisis and it's getting worse for recently canceled shift at two car. Plants and said profits could be hit by up to two point. Five billion year due to chip shortages while nissan is idling output at plants in mexico. Us general motors said they could face a two billion dollar profit hit as well. Meanwhile sony last month along with other console makers has struggled with stock shortages over the last year that it might not hit sales targets for new playstation five this year because of the semiconductor supply issue microsoft's xbox said if forecasts supply issues continuing at least until the second half of the year and then they go on to talk about samsung itself selling fifty six billion dollars of semi conductors to other an consuming thirty. Six billion dollars of them itself finds. It may have to delay the launch of one of its own products as well. They're co chief executive. Who had its mobile business. Unit highlighted a significant issue. Saying there is a serious imbalance in the pecking order of who has Giving the limited supplies of chips so what exactly is going on. While chip shortage looks set to persist for some time yet. It up the two years to get complex semiconductor production factories up and running and manufacturers are in process of significantly raising prices for the second time in less than a year is no sign of supply catching upper demand decreasing while prices are rising across the chain so economically. What does this mean means. Less supply obviously unable to meet demand and prices. Go up because of it. Because that's kind of the only counterbalance that you have to be able to balance everything taken an economics course at the basic level. How things work. So what exactly is going on. It could be that. There aren't enough factories able to produce enough of a supply of semiconductors. One thing i'm wondering though is are there enough materials to be able to construct it. I mean semiconductors aren't really the easiest to make their actually quite complex quite exact in its production of it not to mention you also need to have trained individuals who know how to do it. Do it well Which is a limited supply of as

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"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

TechStuff

03:57 min | 2 months ago

"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

"Was difficult. He was reportedly employing lots of folks to act as as essentially spies to find out what was going on. But ultimately the organizers were able to actually meet with enough workers to form an alliance and they carried out labor strikes in late nineteen thirty six that stretched into february of nineteen thirty seven and these were sit down strikes so with the sit down strike. Employees occupied the manufacturing plants. They didn't picket outside the facility instead. They essentially took control of the factories and kept management and thus strikebreakers out of the buildings. It was kinda like being seized by an army The strikes were met with force from flint. Police officers at least initially. That was not a big surprise. Because general motors was was in pretty deep with local politics in flint michigan but the strikers persevered and the governor of michigan stepped in and mediated the dispute and that ended with general motors recognizing the u. a. w. as the representative union for general motors employees in subsequent strikes. The union was able to negotiate better conditions for general motors employees including a wage hike though the deal reached was below what the union originally was aiming for and sloan must have hated every second of it. Sloan also became chairman of general motors in nineteen thirty seven. He stayed on as ceo but replacing him. As president of the company was a man named william knudsen who was originally from holland. As i recall knudsen was only president of gm for three years. He stepped down in nineteen. Forty i'll talk about more of that. In a second he was replaced by charles e wilson. And then there's the matter of world war two which gets super duper complicated for one thing. There are a lot of different accounts as to what was actually going on leading into world war. Two regarding gm's various interests remember they owned opel in germany. And just for the sake of full disclosure. I don't really know where the truth of the matter. Actually rests but one way to look at this is that general motors would effectively manufacturer material for both sides of world war two the allies and the axis powers though the company has repeatedly denied that really had any say in the matter as far as the access powers are concerned how true that is is a serious matter of debate based on what i've seen. It definitely appears as though sloan was happy to profit off of gm's interests in germany until it became politically impossible or at least impractical for the company to keep doing it. Here are some facts about the matter around. Nineteen thirty eight. Nineteen thirty nine general motors senior. Executive james mooney received a medal from the german government aka the nazis for distinguished service to the reich. That distinguished service was the production of stuff like military vehicles and engines for planes many of which were being made and opel factories. While sloan would write in his memoirs that gm's facilities in germany were nationalized that is the german government took over those facilities and general motors. Leadership was removed. There's a distinct local paperwork that shows that this was in fact the case and there are a lot of historians who argue that. Gm was much more involved at least in a managerial capacity like they were aware of what was happening and were still profiting from it to some extent but they took great strides to hide.

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TechStuff

05:50 min | 2 months ago

"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

"So from the least to the most expensive. Those car brands would go chevrolet at the bottom end oakland mobile buick and then cadillac. So the caddy was the most luxurious of the bunch and sloan granted each division a lot of autonomy to produce and sell cars in a way that made competitive says so it was in some ways a decentralized approach to production and marketing which helped gm get a firmer foothold in the market in general. But it also meant that. The car lines began to drift apart from each other over time. There were bigger price gaps between say the intrigue model chevrolets and then the oakland line like there was a bigger jump between chevrolet and oakland than was intended and that gap represented lost customers so gm then introduced some new car brands or car. Lines to occupy the gaps. These were called companion makes so one of these was the make pontiac. This occupied a price point between chevrolet and oakland. It was technically a companion to the oakland brand. The companion to oldsmobile was called. Viking buicks companion was the marquette and cadillac. Got the lasalle line now. Out of all of those. The pontiac line was the only companion make that lasted beyond the nineteen forties. It was distinct from all the other lines of cars on the rest. Got phased out and pontiac. Selling better than oakland's the the other companion like the the original line of cars so gm eventually decided that pontiac would replace. Eat the oakland line of vehicles. So then you're five major brands under general motors where chevrolet pontiac oldsmobile. Buick and cadillac. But let's backtrack just a touch sloan's reorganization efforts. Paid off big time. General motors itself had some guiding principles that applied to all five of the main automotive divisions and there was a substantial corporate office at gm that oversaw the whole thing but each branch still had a decent amount of autonomy to respond nimbly changes in the market. Sloan also did not shy away from acquisitions entirely either. Though he didn't show the same sort of relentless pursuit as durant did sloan was head of gm when the company acquired an english company called vauxhall in nineteen twenty five. That's spelled the a u. s. h. a. l. l. a. originally thought it was going to be vo hall but then i remembered. Hey wait. we're talking english here. It's gotta be vauxhall and sure enough. That's what it is out of all the companies that were part of gm at that time. Vauxhall had the longest history. It was older than any other part of general motors. It started out as a steam engine and pump company. Founded by a guy named alexander wilson way back in eighteen fifty seven their main business at the time had been in producing engines for small boats and pumps wilson found that it was hard to make a real profit in this business and his company then called the alexander. Wilson and company went bankrupt in eighteen. Ninety five wilson had actually left the company the previous year but the business emerged from bankruptcy it was restructured into vauxhall ironworks company and the new leader. Fred hodges was an automobile enthusiast and he began to move the company away from producing steam engines which was what they had been doing an toward producing internal combustion engines and eventually he led the company to making its first automobiles in the early twentieth century and nineteen o seven. The company changed names again and officially became vauxhall motors. At first vauxhall mostly made luxury cars. That only the wealthy among the uk could could afford and after world war one the uk economy was in a pretty sad state vauxhall consequently found itself in a tough financial situation and gm came along in nineteen twenty five with an offer..

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TechStuff

03:21 min | 2 months ago

"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

"He poured funny into the stock market in an effort to try and bolster americans confidence in the stock market. But such a move proved to be unwise. He declared bankruptcy in nineteen thirty six. The new york times said that his fortune was estimated at one hundred twenty million dollars at its height before the crash that would be close to two billion dollars in today's money and he was left with around two hundred and dollars afterward. Yikes durant's former colleagues at general motors including his replacement. Alfred p sloan about a lot later in this episode arranged for durant to receive a pension from general motors which helps support him and his wife in nineteen forty. Durant opened up a bowling alley and flint michigan. He envisioned a world in which people would be enjoying. Prosperity and looking for diversions take a more years after world. War two was over but the nineteen fifties and sixties proved him right but just a few years after he opened the bowling alley. He had a debilitating stroke that left him partially paralyzed and his health declined. He passed away in nineteen forty seven at the age of eighty five. But let's get back to general motors. I figure we can finish up the section of the episode with the major things that happened to gm wants. It settled down after durant era. I mentioned alfred. P sloan became durant's replacement so as a good time to learn more about him a. Let's be generous a complicated figure in general motors history as will become clear in this episode. Sloan was born in eighteen. Seventy five he was the son of a businessman who imported coffee and tea. To the united states he grew up in brooklyn new york he attended. Mit and earned a degree in electrical engineering. He ran his first company called hyatt roller bearing company when he was twenty six years old so not that long after graduating it did help that. His father had purchased a major stake in hyatt roller bearing company. The automotive industry was really big source of revenue for hyatt..

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04:01 min | 2 months ago

"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

"Four hundred ninety dollars which made it one of the most affordable cars on the market at the time durant and louis chevrolet had several differences of opinion and ultimately durant would buy out chevrolets shares in the company the series four ninety proved popular enough. to fuel. durant's ambitions durant was building up more wealth and with that wealth. He was buying up of general motors. He essentially bought himself back into the fold that gm which became complete in an acquisition between general motors and chevrolet by twenty sixteen durant was back in the driver seat as it were and the new company he would oversee became the general motors corporation. Durant had also made some friends not not really friends. I guess in the dupont family and they helped finance his takeover of general motors. So to sum up william durant saw the opportunity to create an automotive empire that he would call. General motors took several.

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TechStuff

04:15 min | 2 months ago

"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

"And then there's all the distribution and sales side of the business so gm was in kind of a precarious position. Ed spent an awful lot of investors money and there was the danger that the company might overextend itself and then it would just be a massive debt machine and this brings us to finally talk about william c durant. the man largely responsible for creating general motors. He was born in boston massachusetts in eighteen. Sixty one but he grew up in flint michigan. Like a lot of the other people. I've mentioned in this episode. Durant found a originally working in the carriage industry. As in the horse drawn carriage industry eighteen eighty six. He co founded the durant dort company and manufactured carriages which made flint the carriage capital of the united states as various investors and engineers developed early. Automobiles durant saw both an existential threat to his business as well as a huge opportunity. I mean it was a threat and that should these horseless. Carriages proved reliable and useful. It would inevitably lead to the decline of the carriage business but it was an opportunity in that. If someone could build out a business that could find a way to produce cars in enough volume to sell them at moderate prices. You could make a killing. And that's what led durant to make his first acquisition of buick. But that wouldn't be enough to achieve his goal he needed to add other companies for a couple of reasons one was that he needed to increase the scale of production to bring those costs down and it was way easier to buy out somebody else who had already done the work of creating a manufacturing facility and also manufacturing process. Then it would be to build that kind of stuff out from scratch. at least it's easier as long as you had people willing to give you money so that you could do it and durant had those people but another big reason was that durant could see that different people had different preferences when it came to automobiles just like everything else in life so it made sense to offer up.

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TechStuff

05:00 min | 2 months ago

"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

"Of the big names brought together by general motors. Another one was oakland. Though you're more likely to have heard of six sir pontiac or maybe you haven't heard of either of them as gm discontinued the pontiac brand in two thousand nine. But let's get to their history. Now we get to learn about edward murphy. Born in eighteen sixty three murphy started off a printing with hardware dealers and over the years he gained knowledge and experience and by eighteen. Ninety three was ready to go into business with his father in law together. They created the pontiac buggy company as an horse drawn. Buggies business went fairly well for a time but the clock was ticking. And by the early nineteen hundreds murphy saw that there was no future in horse drawn buggies murphy partnered with a mechanic and designer named lanson partridge brush who had previously worked with henry. Leland back oldsmobile. When they were making engines for that company and then he followed leland onto cadillac and assisted in the design of the cadillac. One cylinder engine. So yeah this is the guy who designed the engine. That oldsmobile initially turned down and that subsequently became the original cadillac engine. There are no records of brush having ever attended anything beyond high school level education. So the general consensus is that he was a very gifted designer. Who learned through observation and experience murphy and brush and investors created the oakland motor club in nineteen o seven and began making cars in one thousand nine hundred eight. They named it after. Oakland county michigan. The city of pontiac is there brush would leave before the end of nineteen hundred eight hoping to pursue his own dream of building a car with a two cylinder engine and getting some money from the briscoe brothers. See i told you. The automotive world in detroit was a pretty small one brush would go on to found the brush read about company but that company went out of business a few years later but brush went on to have a successful career as a consulting engineer. He worked for numerous companies over the following years. He passed away in nineteen fifty two back..

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03:26 min | 2 months ago

"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

"At least mitigate any losses so to that end the investors called a machinist in detroit named henry leland who had his own manufacturing company and who had produced engines for oldsmobile. Previously leland came in and took a look around and say fellers. You really ought to stay in the business. You've got yourselves the infrastructure to build your own cars and you've already done enough work. That was tinkering. We can make something special. I m paraphrasing of course but the investors agreed then lead got to work. He called both the car and the company cadillac named after the french explorer and self proclaimed noble antoine. La may dilemma cadillac. That's the guy who founded detroit as i say historians believe that he was not in fact at noble as he called himself but rather just assumed that either way he is credited for founding detroit and leland's original design was a bit of a frankenstein's monster kind of thing not an appearance but in parts so he started with ford chassis design which the company owned because ford was so disgusted by his falling out with the investors that he didn't pursue the rights to the designs before he left. He kept the name so they could call it the ford company or anything like that but they owned everything else and leland decided to continue the design. He had been working on for oldsmobile for an engine. It was a design that the company had actually turned down so it had a an oldsmobile. Intended engine and afford chassis body. Leland's own manufacturing company would produce all the transmissions and the engine parts another components for the new car. Well this actually gives us a chance to talk about what it means to have a single cylinder engine. We need a quick rundown on what cylinders are so cylinders. Are the part of an engine. That howls pistons and piston can move up and down the length of the cylinder inside the cylinder kind of like a plunger in syringe. And there's a tight seal inside the cylinder. There's typically a piston ring that keeps a nice seal against the interior wall of that cylinder. Modern cars almost all use the same general approach to create motion. It's called a four stroke combustion cycle also known as the cycle. That's ot te'o named after nicklaus auto who came up with the idea in the eighteen sixties and the four strokes in question are called intake compression combustion and exhaust so imagine that you've got a vertical cylinder okay. We're looking at a cross section of a cylinder now. The plunger like piston comes up from the bottom of the cylinder. Never goes all the way out. It may withdraw to the point where the end of the piston is is essentially at the bottom of the cylinder but still inside it at the top of the cylinder. You've got a pair of valves and a spark plug so one valve only allows a mixture of air gas to enter the cylinder however it prevents anything from going back out the valve. That's how valves work. They allow one way direction of flow now. The other valve is an exhaust valve. It prevents anything from coming into the cylinder through the.

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"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

TechStuff

05:49 min | 2 months ago

"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

"Now let us turn to another pioneer in the automobile business. Whose work would become part of the young general motors now. have you heard of oldsmobile. Some of you younger listeners. Out there may not have heard of it at all as gm stopped making vehicles branded as oldsmobiles. Back in two thousand four. For those who have heard of it you might be surprised to learn that the name oldsmobile comes from the man who the original oldsmobile company comes from. His name ransom. Eli mobile wait. No i'm sorry. Ransom alight olds born in eighteen. Sixty four and ohio. His family made the move to lansing michigan. Michigan obviously the birthplace of the automotive industry in the united states. They moved there when ransom was just a kid. He grew up interested in mechanical systems. And by the mid eighteen eighty s. He was experimenting with building steam powered automobiles. He graduated to gasoline powered cars in eighteen ninety six by eighteen ninety nine he had founded the olds. Motor works company securing financial backing from a dude. Who is really into wood. But that i mean samuel l smith who owned a large operations and had amassed a significant amount of wealth by nineteen ninety one. The first oldsmobiles were available for purchase and by nineteen o four. The company had sold five thousand of them. There was a terrible fire. The oldsmobile manufacturing facility and the only prototype to survive. the fire was a design called the oldsmobile. curved dash runabout. Runabout is a style of early automobile. And you should search for images of this vehicle and you'll have an appreciation of what a car was back at the turn of the twentieth century. The runabout is an open air vehicle and it looks a little bit like a sleigh but with wheels instead of you know sleds or skis and it has a handle for steering sort of like the old fashioned rudder steering mechanisms. I was mentioning before everyone got fancy and started using steering wheels now at the time it costs six hundred fifty dollars to buy one of these babies which if we adjust for inflation would be right around nineteen thousand dollars in today's money so not an unreasonable amount for.

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"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

TechStuff

05:22 min | 2 months ago

"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

"Motor company with the briscoes overseeing the financial so they had a substantial stake in the company they essentially owned it. And now buick briscoes the first buick apart from an earlier prototype that buick had sold off wasn't open air vehicle and you'll hear this a few times in this episode. It had a padded bench like seat mounted more or less in the middle linked. Wise any way of the chassis. The driver would steer the vehicle using steering wheel but that was not always given in motor cars. In fact the prototype. The buick had produced earlier the one that he had sold to his Former engineer maher you had to steer with a handle not a wheel. It was more like a like a rudder style steering mechanism. Now that original prototype that he sold to mar was Sold for two hundred twenty five dollars. How about that. If you adjust for inflation that would be around. Seven thousand bucks today now. I'm not sure. What the actual buicks the first run buick sold for the ones are being produced for actual external customers only know that that mara paid two hundred twenty five dollars for that original prototype now. I do know that the early buicks. Such as the model be touring cars were modest and power. No big surprise there. The model b had a horsepower rating of fifteen to twenty one horsepower. Now if you're not a car person. And i'm not much of one. You might wonder what horsepower actually means. It's a unit of measurement for engine power and it's the amount of power needed to move five hundred fifty pounds one foot in one second or the amount of power needed to move thirty three thousand pounds one foot in one minute. The term dates back to the days of james watt. As he was trying to convince people to buy steam engine machinery he was comparing how powerful his steam engines were two horses which were the main source of power generation for a lot of industries these days. The typical american car generates hundred twenty horsepower. Those you might imagine. There's quite a range on this. Due to different types of cars on the market so a fifteen to twenty one horsepower. Vehicle is much less powerful than what you would typically drive today now. The briscoe brothers did not hold onto buick for very long. They sold their stake. And thus their control of the company to another corporation called flint wagon works in flint michigan. David buick was now working for a totally different company in nine hundred four. A man named william durant another person that we're going to talk about a lot. A bit later came in and purchased controlling interest in buick from the flint. Wagon works by the end of nineteen o four. The buick company had produced just thirty seven automobiles. But since this was in the early days of the automobile industry in the united states that thirty-seven automobiles meant that. Buick was just in second place across the nation. First place was being held by henry ford motor company durant would make buick the centerpiece of the company. He intended to build. Which i'm sure you've all figured out now. would eventually be general motors. Now before i move on i would like to talk about what happened to david dunbar. Buick and it's a bit of a sad story. So he was now working for william durant but he had also had a seat on the board of directors however durant began to push buick further out from any meaningful role in the company. Kind of makes me think of how steve jobs was treated in the eighties over at apple and it seems as though mr buick was a disagreeable sort who often found himself at odds with other disagreeable sorts..

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"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

TechStuff

03:08 min | 2 months ago

"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

"Returned to that plumbing manufacturing company and became a foreman there. Buick himself became something of an inventor and an engineer he secured several patents for various inventions and processes including one that would allow you to bind porcelain cast iron that led to the development of really large porcelain bathtubs among other things that were incredibly fashionable at the time buick and a business partner named william share would subsequently purchased the manufacturing company which had fallen into a bit of financial shambles and they renamed it the buick and share would manufacturing company while the company saw great success. Buick himself was a little bit restless. He had become fascinated by gasoline. Fueled engines just automobiles mind you in fact. That wasn't really foremost in his mind. He was just interested in these gasoline powered engines. That could do all sorts of different work including stationary engines for stuff like industrial uses by 1897. Buick had dedicated. Some of his companies manufacturing capabilities to producing gasoline fueled engines intended to be used on farm equipment sherwood. Meanwhile was becoming a little miffed. That buick was not tending to the plumbing fixtures company and ultimately the to decide to part ways buick liquidated his ownership of the company he owned with share would and he used that substantial some to found a new enterprise called buick auto vim and power company in nineteen a one one buicks. Engineers was a guy named walter maher who had been building. Gasoline fueled engines for boats. Now the story goes the mar- wanted to build a full automobile at buicks company but david resisted. He thought it was safer to build engines and not worry about stuff like automobiles like build the engine spore automobiles sure. But don't need you don't need to build the whole automobile yourself. Marin buick had some spats with marv you know quitting and returning a couple of times before that quitting stuck in nineteen ninety-two whereupon marwood would actually work with another person. We're going to chat about ransom. Eli olds and mars. Replacement was a machinist named eugene richard. Also around this time buick reorganized and renamed his company. Now calling it. The buick manufacturing company guests all that venom must have worn out by then. Buick did produce a couple of car. Prototypes by nineteen three. The company wasn't a bit of trouble as investors. Were starting to get nervous. And pull out the company. But then frank and benjamin briscoe. The briscoe brothers swooped in to help. Fund buicks efforts to produce a buick brandon automobile. The briscoes owned a sheet metal business and they saw this as a way to bring different but related businesses together for mutual benefit. Benjamin briscoe would end up buying the first official buick for himself and the company went through another reorganization and transformed into the buick..

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"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

TechStuff

03:20 min | 2 months ago

"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

"Morally uncertain to say the least while people like benz and daimler were building automobiles as sort of a proof of concept and occasionally racing them against other people who are making similar type of vehicles getting any sort of substantial investment behind. The effort was difficult so people were not yet convinced that a horseless carriage really had any legs so to speak or wheels. I guess anyway. They weren't sure that these automobiles were ever going to be something that people would actually use. Meanwhile over in the united states a guy named george b selden applied for a patent as the inventor of the automobile. He did that in eighteen. Seventy nine now that predates benz and daimler's automobiles from the eighteen eighties. However the patent office didn't award seldom the patent until eighteen. Ninety five selden had never actually built an automobile. He just presented the design for one so he gets the patent in eighteen ninety five and that was after benz daimler had already built their internal combustion powered automobiles as. There's a little debate. That's putting it lightly about who the inventor of the automobile really was but honestly i would say it's all kind of meaningless for a couple of different reasons. One is that like most really big inventions. The automobile is really more of the product of a lot of different people working on different things and ultimately those various forms of work converged. So you can't really assign the invention to just one person for another all. These people are dead. So you know it's kind of a moot point now just watch just because i said that about my car is going to get haunted by angry german ghosts. I'm kidding i don't believe in cars. I mean ghosts by the early eighteen nineties. The united states was starting to see engineers building out cars that would form the foundation of future companies such as the duryea motor wagon company which made thirteen whole cars and eighteen ninety six now. The reason i wanted to start with all this is that the general motors company began not as an automobile company itself but rather as a holding company that bought existing automobile companies. So in other words. Gm started out as a means of consolidating multiple car companies in an effort to combine resources and share the load across different groups mechanics engineers inventors salespeople and so on. Let's talk about some other companies that would form the early foundation of general motors before we get to. Gm itself one of the earliest companies. Gm would purchase is buick which was founded by david dunbar. Buick he was born in scotland in eighteen. Fifty four and his family emigrated to america. When david was just two years old his father who was a carpenter passed away when david was still a child and his mother remarried a native detroit man who owned a candy shop as a teenager. David worked for a manufacturing company that made plumbing fixtures in detroit michigan he apprenticed with a machine shop in detroit.

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"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

TechStuff

02:40 min | 2 months ago

"general motors" Discussed on TechStuff

"He there and welcome to tech stuff. I'm your host. Jonathan strickland an executive producer with iheartradio. And i love all things tech. And i occasionally liked to look at the history of car companies. Car cars are tech after all and you know the stories behind car companies are often fascinating and typically the really complicated they frequently involve strategic partnerships and acquisitions and mergers and other big moves. That can make it a little tricky to trace a history in any kind of linear way. So we're going to try to do that today. Because nothing worth doing is ever easy or something. So we're going to explore the history and the impact of general motors which you could argue. Is one of the big origin stories. For how automotive industry got so complicated. In the first place and like a lot of my episodes this story will actually begin before there was any general motors to speak of and it will go on after. Gm ceases to be because spoiler alert. That happened the general motors. Today is not the same as the one that was founded more than a century ago. Now to talk about the history of general motors. We actually need to talk a little bit about the history of the automobile itself and more to the point the history of automobile companies. Now i'm not going to do an exhaustive history here because that would require talking about all sorts of stuff that doesn't actually apply to general motors like air propelled land vehicles that used wind bauer or compressed air engine vehicles or steam powered tricycles and wagons. And all that kind of thing we're instead going to skip ahead to the era of the internal combustion. Engine the gasoline powered engine. But if you if you folks want me to do an episode talking about the various early attempts to build a horseless carriage and the different methods that people tried let know and we'll all take a very historical and extremely bumpy road trip together now. The first automobiles powered by internal combustion engines originated in the mid nineteenth century around the eighteen. But it really wasn't until the eighteen eighties that engineers stuck around with experimenting with these things long enough to make automobiles. That were more than just a curiosity. Karl benz and gottlieb daimler independently did this but their work converge later on with the formation of the company. Daimler a g also known as mercedes benz. But that would happen in the nineteen twenties and carl. Gottlieb never actually met one another but the early days of the.

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GM evaluating second U.S. battery plant for EVs amid construction of $2.3 billion facility in Ohio

John McCulloch

00:12 sec | 2 months ago

GM evaluating second U.S. battery plant for EVs amid construction of $2.3 billion facility in Ohio

"Second battery plant may be built by General Motors and Korean company LG Kem that you companies have a battery facility under construction in Northeast Ohio. Plans to construct this second vehicle battery playing the U. S may be revealed in the coming

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GM's Chevy Bolt SUV joins parade of new US electric vehicles

Bloomberg Best

00:28 sec | 3 months ago

GM's Chevy Bolt SUV joins parade of new US electric vehicles

"General Motors is unveiling its new 2022 Chevy Bolt UV. Matt Madison has the details. It has the body of a compact SUV but runs on the same technology that made the bolt in affordable long range electric vehicle. It's part of GM's plan to launch 30 New electric vehicles by 2025. Bolt UV, which stands for electric utility vehicle is due out this summer with a price tag starting just under

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Mazda Forced To Cut Production By 34000 Units

Mornings on Maine Street

00:10 sec | 3 months ago

Mazda Forced To Cut Production By 34000 Units

"Other automakers and says it's considering cutting its global output by more than 34,000 vehicles in February and March. General Motors is planning to cut production at several

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Cramer calls on U.S. to build factories to address chip shortage, unemployment

MAD MONEY W/ JIM CRAMER

04:44 min | 3 months ago

Cramer calls on U.S. to build factories to address chip shortage, unemployment

"As the pandemic gradually draws to a close. We've still got to national emergencies that we had to talk about a man money. A horrendously high unemployment rate and the semiconductor shorts is causing major problems for us manufacturing and competitiveness. We need more chips and we need more jobs so why. Kill two birds with one stone. It's time for our government to invest in building the biggest and best complex of semiconductor foundries. That's the factories in the world. And we can do this now. This kind of initiative went out of style decades ago but we know it works because the government just did it with operation warp speed the co vaccine program that got us to trick vaccines in less than a year. Were on a roll. Let's keep it. I don't need to explain. Employments national emergency but what south with the massive government back semiconductor foundry pro. Okay we just heard from general motors. They have all these new indian vehicles but they simply can't make them because they're sending books shortage and modern cars require a lot of tech ford said the same thing could cost them one to two billion this year bleed. You're gonna start hearing about this shortage. Constantly dan we the us really havoc with all sorts of industries and making us less competitive and perhaps even hostage country hostage to a bigger chip customer. The pr see. We got to get ahead of this. Now some of this shortages natural thanks to cova. We've got millions of new homes. That require a lot. Har- we're eating these chips like doritos at halftime. But some of you thanks to globalization are sitting been able to outsource their manufacturing most couple of huge asian operators taiwan's semi which is now the biggest samsung. These are both incredible mazing. Well run companies but they also get so production capacity that they have they hit the entire world including demand from china that hits american companies extra hard because new of our businesses run on just in time ordering. They don't want to sit in a lot of extra components it just by the chips when they need them. That's a quick way to make money save money until it's a shortage. Now that's where we find ourselves. Our companies can't get enough chips because there's not enough. Production were wide and that lack of chips is hurting all sorts of manufacturing including the formation. Gm and ford now. There are two ways to approaches. We can throw up our hands and baked samsung taiwan semi to build more plants. That's been our strategy or anywhere for that matter or we can roll up our sleeves. Like operation warp speed. Remember today when everyone get tested raw. Got javert here can roll up our sleeves and get this job done ourselves. If we're supposed to be the most powerful country in we'd be able to manufacture semiconductors for heaven's sake it's our industry so let me tell you what needs to happen. You might not know it. But america's best tech industry the most intellectual property that is anywhere in tech is in the semiconductor capital equipment space. That's lam research. Kelly tinker applied materials. They had machines that we need to make chips meaning while building gigantic simtek foundries can put more people to work and just about any other research project much more than a much than highway than a bridge. Why stop at roads and bridges and we re establish yourself as a whole new kingpin in manufacturing industry that used to dominate. And hey biden's pick for commerce secretary gina raimondo. She was a venture. Capitals governor of rhode island. I got into politics. She'd be the perfect champion for this project. We can take advantage of low interest rates to issue fifty year semiconductor savings bonds to raise the money for this project partner up with the private sector then. These businesses can pay back. uncle sam. Production gets rolling or chips. Defense ships all sorts of internet of things. Chips should be able to make this stuff domestically in the best in the world. Honestly it's insane. We outsource our semiconductor manufacturing to taiwan south korea. When they're within spitting distance of our biggest wattle china. I love taiwan. I love south korea but we ever get into a shooting war with the chinese. For heaven's sake they'll be right in the middle of it. Hopefully it never comes to that but why would even taking that chance. How much would this cost. We know semi spending up to twenty billion to boost its output. And they're very good at what they do. Let's say let's let's borrow one hundred billion dollars in savings bonds to make the us more semiconductor independent over the next few years but we have to start immediately to alleviate the shortage people intensive national imperative blueprint ready customer for the suppliers. Ready to help so soon. To be secretary raimondo. You've been on the show. Let's get the loan just chip ongoing going and put an end to this chip. Shorter's saving tens of thousands of jobs giving me economy a huge boost. This is what we used to call industrial policy. It worked for vaccines. And i know from work for chips to

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All-Electric (MM #3612)

The Mason Minute

01:00 min | 3 months ago

All-Electric (MM #3612)

"The minute with kevin mason. Sure you've heard by now. That general motors has announced. They're going all electric by 2035 already. They'd talked about turning their cadillac division into all electric vehicles sooner than that. But now all of gm including suv's including light duty trucks all going electric by twenty thirty five and they're not the only ones bentley. the english car manufacturer. They're going to go by twenty. Thirty nissan is going by the early twenty thirty s. And i'm sure the domino's will start to fall but what's more fascinating to me. Is our life going to change. There will be no more trips to the gas station and the things you have to change in your car. The oil all of those places likely be going away to know. I'm sure some of them will adapt and some of them will become battery technology places because the need for electricity is even more important and then again. What's this going to do to our home. Electric bill we plug our cars in at night while we've seen electric vehicles for a long time. Now it's gonna move much quicker and that's where things really get interesting.

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All-Electric (MM #3612)

The Mason Minute

01:00 min | 3 months ago

All-Electric (MM #3612)

"The minute with kevin mason. Sure you've heard by now. That general motors has announced. They're going all electric by 2035 already. They'd talked about turning their cadillac division into all electric vehicles sooner than that. But now all of gm including suv's including light duty trucks all going electric by twenty thirty five and they're not the only ones bentley. the english car manufacturer. They're going to go by twenty. Thirty nissan is going by the early twenty thirty s. And i'm sure the domino's will start to fall but what's more fascinating to me. Is our life going to change. There will be no more trips to the gas station and the things you have to change in your car. The oil all of those places likely be going away to know. I'm sure some of them will adapt and some of them will become battery technology places because the need for electricity is even more important and then again. What's this going to do to our home. Electric bill we plug our cars in at night while we've seen electric vehicles for a long time. Now it's gonna move much quicker and that's where things really get interesting.

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"general motors" Discussed on Sound in Marketing

Sound in Marketing

07:56 min | 5 months ago

"general motors" Discussed on Sound in Marketing

"Jacob. We sound design engineer at general motors. You are in the bacon you can experience the sound Much about the sounds that we can show because the lights are visual. We can show the lights on the screen and uniting our ads and everything but sound is difficult because it needs for the customer to experience that nba. Leave some of the surprises as well right. I won't be disclosing all the surprises. When you'll be new portfolio of makers so we want a bit of that surprise element when you sit in the car and expedience the sounds. You feel the sound rather than light. it's easier medium. do you know show now. I wanted to talk about functional sound because this is a go back to functional sound because this is kind of where you're at one thing that you had mentioned when we spoken earlier is about pedestrian friendly alerts. We've also talked about how there is a certain seatbelt sound and there's a sound for turn signals and and i know just from my own experiences sound for opening and closing the door. How do you go about creating this. Is this from scratch. Do you have a blueprint that you work off of. And how did the speaker system play into this. So you are referring to the pedestrian friendly load function which we call it and gm and industry-wide scholars eve s or the acoustical baykal alert systems. And just give you a bit of history about this And then i'll tell you more into detail of how what we do about it so electric vehicle warning sounds are sounds designed to alert pedestrians. The presence of all electric vehicles warning sound devices have been mandated by the government regulators because vehicles operating in all electric mode produces less noise than the traditional combustion engine vehicles and can make it more difficult for the pedestal and cyclists or Especially for the blind people or kids are on the street be their presence. So warning sounds may be a you know driver to triggered or automatic. It used to be that way. But now it's being mandated so it is a part of all the electric vehicles going forward for all the manufacturers so in a nutshell the new regulation makes it mandatory to have acoustic systems with electric vehicles or pedestrian and especially for visually impaired persons to won't easily your electric cars approach venue doc. About how then do we develop a sound for this. Does this sound from start from scratch. Yours that i would like to bring in my one of my favorite quarters like music is painted on the canvas silence but the challenge. What we are facing here is along with this blank. Canvas that is a restriction placed by the government that we have to match the regulations as well. So what does that mean as some of the one of the band's has to meet a specific. Spf levels the challenge. Yours i would have the most beautiful sound created in hollywood for a phone. But can that be used in the vehicle right now Answer is yes and no. Yes you can use that sound No if it doesn't meet the regulation so we want to make sure that it's a sound which is lessened yet is alerting. So that's a very delicate balance of meeting. The legal requirements was making the customer happy and dance. Swear the whole challenge of sound design starts and being iggy. Nba been pretty proactive. Since the euro of two thousand ten onwards to do a lot of research with Blind folks and a lot of other owners as well to make sure that what audie sounds which would allow the customers at a proper distance as well with a speed so the speed is from zito. Do cardi b. h. Kilometers per hours or approximately twenty twenty two miles an hour. The bitch of the sound changes with the speed of the vehicle. that's the catcher. So the sound which is created as a three second able sound approximately three second lupul sound. And how does that particular base sound. Get altered when the vacancies Accelerating or decelerating can a classical sound beyond it it can be but the moment the pitch changes the sound becomes annoys. So that's delicate. Balance of you know using correct modulation and using proper cycle sticks and those kinds of Nitty-gritties goes into the play. Let's talk for just a minute about psycho acoustics because that's another fascinating element right there. Why don't you tell me a little bit about So we at general motors again. Take cycle steaks and the physics offered on very serious note so cycle six is nothing but an intentional acoustical signal Which is produced to provide feedback in the case the know giving inflammation to the driver about the functionality of the car so psycho acoustics are our perception of sound significant emotion by beating the gamble bitch intensity. So the overall sound would create a modulation modernization is nothing but sound properly buried systematically or or a specified diamond to which would signify motion dimension and depth and recent suggests that all cycle stick elements of sounds are represented in the human auditory system. Starting from the cochlea the cochlear nuclei and the central auditory pathways on the way up to the temporal lobe. I get to learn a lot about this because my wife is a physician. So i keep on bothering her. The explaining to me the anatomy behind but market research customer believe that the way the products ounce determines the quality of the product so they do pay a lot of great attention to details when it comes to the quality of sound the sound therefore adds to a very important factor for a customer to buy awake hands sound quality and sound character. Both an integral parts of psycho acoustics so sound quality Judgments strongly influenced by user expectations regarding the sound and it would also depend on the vehicle class or it can be brand specific so the sound conveying the right type of vehicle or the bagel features the parameters can be Speed foul size of the waco so during the design phase. The listening skills of the sound designers are what most importance to help manipulate the frequency spectrum of the oral sound using techniques like equalizing and mixing and create a beautiful soundscape because Believe it or not their way in one particular sound just listening to your sound for this podcast which you have created that there are so many layers to it and what do you want the brain to get one by one and unfolded that so. That's the beauty of You know a sound designer. Some of the things like loud sound.

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"general motors" Discussed on Freakonomics

Freakonomics

05:54 min | 5 months ago

"general motors" Discussed on Freakonomics

"Experiences. I think it helps you. Create better strategies that are frankly better-balanced for what could go wrong or what opportunities you could seize. let's talk about china for a moment. First of all. Would you characterize the relationship in history of gm in china in terms of manufacturing and selling autos so general motors was the second global oem to enter china in the mid ninety s. An oem is an original equipment manufacturer. And so we're very proud of our long track record. There were were number two in market. They're going through a bit of a recession. Even pre covid still think over the medium term if the market is around twenty four twenty five million units and you think about that. Compared to a very strong market in the us would be seventeen eighteen. We still think. China has the ability to grow to over thirty so very significant market in size. I see that. Gm sold more cars last year in china. Three million then in the us. Two point eight million. But then i look at the revenues and i see the gm north america brought in one hundred six billion dollars and gm international including china brought in just sixteen billion dollars so explain what accounts for that huge discrepancy. How are you selling. So many cars. In china and generating relatively such small revenue. Well there's a couple of things first as you combine it with gm international. There's still some markets working to improve meaning summer in the red. It like south. America south america for instance due to macro issues exchange rate etc. So that's one driver that a second driver is a portion of our business is with our other joint venture that has a lower price vehicle that they sell so that just a different price point and then what drives the us. Our true franchises of this company are full size truck franchise so different product. Line is probably a big piece of it as well. I gather that the median general motors car. That's bought in. China is much much much much much cheaper than the media in general motors car. That's bought in the us correct. I would say that the range varies. Because we also saw you know cadillacs and buicks and chevrolets along with bow. June will link products and so the range of of prices is far greater in china than it is in the united states. So what is the least expensive new general motors car. I combine the us and what the least expensive new gm car combined china. Well it'd be probably one of the new baozhen products in china and very affordable as the hong guo. Ev that we just launched in china and in in the us. One of the most affordable vehicles is the new will. There's the chevrolet trax but also trailblazer is the entry level. The cheapest car in china maybe in the four to five thousand dollar range in the us more like ten to twelve or twelve fifteen. I think it's a little higher in the us. You know so much depends on the content. And i don't have off the top of my head the lowest lowest price. So what accounts for i mean. You can think of a lot of reasons. Why there's labor costs are supply chain costs tres. Currency it cetera. But can you just describe. Why can i buy some kind of entry level. Gm car in the us. Four five eight twelve thousand dollars. Well there's also regulatory differences between the two countries of what's required in the vehicles. There are different standards and we obviously comply with every safety standard in any country. We sal vehicles. In many cases we far exceed those for instance. There's things that we put in a us vehicle that required in europe. What's a for instance of us regulation that doesn't exist even in europe. Well the standards that we have to make for an unbelted passenger so there's requirements in the us that i believe in I'm not an expert on this. But i know there's some countries in europe where there's these major going to wear your safety belt so all cars have become so so so much safer over the history of auto travel but they're still more than thirty five thousand traffic deaths per year in the us and globally the number to me almost unbelievable one point three million traffic. That's a year globally. What is the next big advanced. There may be it's autonomous. Maybe they're ten answers. But i'm curious to hear what you've got to say on that. I do think there's ten answers. Because every year we're improving the safety of our vehicles a with technology on a whole host of issues. But i do think. Autonomous is an ultimate part of the solution. Because when you look at the number of deaths that we've studied in the united states ninety percent of them are caused by human error and an autonomous vehicles is going to follow all the traffic laws and regulations. It's not gonna drive drowsy or drunker impaired and it has a technology that allows you to understand when the lights gonna turn green or red. So i happen to be a fan of autonomous vehicles and i'm kind of frustrated that they're not further along than they are. What do you think have been the biggest drivers in well. Why do you think they're not further along than they are now. And what's it going to take for them to be fully deployed. Technology will continue to advance. It's one thing to go on a route and having thomas vehicle in a demo and it's another thing to for instance be on the streets of san francisco and go to. There's a famous intersection. That's got like five different streets coming together and so then the coating world it's the corner cases and you've got to solve for all of those we will solve it we will have vehicles. That could be autonomous and handle any situation as we continue to before what about public acceptance. Even if let's say ten years from now autonomous vehicles are shown to save thirty thousand lives in the aggregate from fewer traffic fatalities if there's one very visible tragedy an autonomous vehicle plows into a playground. I'm curious.

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"general motors" Discussed on Freakonomics

Freakonomics

05:35 min | 5 months ago

"general motors" Discussed on Freakonomics

"She was born in michigan to parents of finnish descent. Both of them grew up during the great depression and neither went to college but their kids did all right. Their son is gynecologist. And their daughter runs. America's biggest automaker so in two thousand nine during the financial crisis. Gm declared bankruptcy with one hundred seventy two billion dollars in liabilities. But it wasn't just the crisis you'd been losing billions for the preceding years so the federal government came in and became a sixty percent owner in what was called the new gm. What was your role at the time. And did you consider leaving the company. At the time. I was running manufacturing engineering as we were entering that phase and then coming out of it is when i took on the hr responsibility and when the company you've worked for for a couple of decades going through those difficult experiences you of course you do some soul-searching but at the core i knew we had great people and i wanted to be part of the team. Having no idea i'd be ceo. But i wanted to be part of the team that caused general to reinvent itself and be significant and lead again so the decision to bail out. Gm from the federal perspective was not unanimous. There was at least one prominent white house economists. Who thought it was a bad move. That would set a bad precedent. I don't expect you to take his side but if a company is that deep in debt why shouldn't have been allowed to just die off the way we looked at it as we are grateful for the fact that we received the aid that we needed and we recognized that. That wasn't something we necessarily were entitled to nor ever will be again but since two thousand nine general motors has invested twenty nine billion dollars back in the united states think about the job creation and we paid back our loans and i think when you look at it on balance the benefit to the economy and jobs You know. I think it turned out to be a good decision win. Barra became ceo in two thousand fourteen. She was eager to reinvent. Gm's technology and refresh its car and truck lineup. But i now a cbs news investigation. There was a crisis last week. General motors said it was recalling more than seven hundred thousand vehicles because of a problem with the ignition switch. He switch could power down cars electrical system including the airbags a number of gm models included this switch most prominently the chevy cobalt ultimately. It was found that one hundred twenty four people had died as a result of gm's faulty switches. The problem was first discovered in two thousand four. The recalls came in two thousand fourteen in one of her. First major acts as ceo barra was hauled in to testify before the senate commerce committee. They went hard at it might have been the. Gm started sweeping this defect under the rug ten years ago but even under the new gm banner the company waited nine months to take action. The us department of justice considered criminal charges against gm but settled for a fine of nearly a billion dollars as well as nearly six hundred million dollar settlement fund for the victims of the crashes. Gm's internal report on the fiasco concluded that gm's quote inability to address the ignition switch. Problem for over eleven. Years is a history of failures. Although everyone had responsibility to fix the problem no one took responsibility. Mary barra attributed this failure to what was called the gm nod. That's what happened in meetings. Where some issue would be brought up and everyone would nod in agreement that we ask something needed to be done and then nothing would get done. Barra fired fifteen employees who were involved in the switch failure and cover up and she created a new position at gm vice president of global vehicle. Safety i'd like you to talk about what that ignition. Switch experience was like as a brand new ceo and how that set you up to be a ceo and slightly less tempestuous times as we got into the crisis we quickly realized we had to demonstrate our values and so we agreed that we were going to be guided by doing. What's right for the customer being transparent and doing everything in our power to make sure nothing like this ever happens again and we'd met every day because in a crisis you don't know everything on day one you don't even know. Sometimes how big the problem is. We went and looked at every vehicle. We had to make sure we didn't have an issue in that caused us to recall a number of vehicles. Even though there had never been an issue in the vehicle might have been in market eight ten years. I mean no offense by this those values that you just listed doing. What's right for the customer being transparent. Do what you can to never repeat that same problem. Those seem like they should be the value user mission of every company indeed every human. How had gm gotten to the point where. That wasn't the case. I think there was a time earlier. We're maybe some of her success. We didn't listen to the customer as well as we should but then i also think the transparency piece. Sometimes people don't realize the way the world works today. You have to share what you know. And sometimes people get frustrated. Because they'll be like but i want to know this and that i don't know that yet and then doing the right thing i have to say. I think general motors always tried to do the right thing.

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"general motors" Discussed on Pro Rata

Pro Rata

01:40 min | 1 year ago

"general motors" Discussed on Pro Rata

"IPO and DC'S TURF battle overbid tech but first so that sound is some of the tens of thousands of General Motors auto workers who walked off the job yesterday arguing that they aren't being fairly compensated in light of GM's record profits short auto workers believed that they made big concessions sessions after the financial crisis in order GM claw its way out of bankruptcy and now the good times here again they want a bigger piece of the pie why matters for GM an estimated made fifty million dollars per day in lost revenue as its plant sit idle why it matters for the United Auto Workers Union the organization has been beset by scandal and needs to regain the trust of its members and why it matters for those members that it's the most hopeful moment for consequential leverage in over a decade why matters for politicians well. It's CATNIP. President and trump isn't taking sides but lots of his Democratic rivals are Biden Sanders Warren Harris Booker Buddha Judge Castro etc are all siding with the UAW over GM with sanders going so far as to call the automaker greedy what's notable however is we don't actually know yet with GM has offered or what the W has countered with and that's also true for a lot auto workers who've been left in the dark. GM did put out a statement promising raises and improved benefits but without any specific details moreover almost everything we're hearing from GM the UAW away w and politicians is about the jobs of today but not about what the future will look like and how any deal struck this week or next could be antiquated by the time it expires US fifteen seconds. We'll go deeper with auto reporter Joann Muller calling in from Detroit but I this the Equity Fund Resources.

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"general motors" Discussed on Here & Now

Here & Now

12:46 min | 1 year ago

"general motors" Discussed on Here & Now

"J. Z. Studios in Tempe Arizona. I'm Robin Young and Tanya. You'll be circling the country before you land at your post in Los Angeles. Try hosting. I'm calling it here. Now we Jeremy Hobson and me so welcome thank you. I like try hosting tandem bike or something something we'll figure it out but to the news now oil prices spiked nearly twenty percent today after that weakened attack on the world's largest oil processing plant in Saudi Arabia Hootie not rebels in Yemen or claiming responsibility but secretary of state. Mike pompeo blames Iran Iran denies that today President Trump tweeted we'll see martin patience is Middle East correspondent for the BBC Martin. US officials point to satellite images. They say back up their claim that Iran was behind this that the attacks I came from the direction of Iran and not Yemen but not everyone agrees with that analysis do they well. That's right. I mean these images. According to unnamed U S officials officials show that that tags are likely to have come from the North North or South now that's significant because just attack was carried was carried out by the WHO th-this in the south but the US has yet to say where it believed these attached came from the West suggestions that perhaps it was Iraq although that's been in ruled on by the US Secretary of State we had a statement from other Iraqi prime minister saying that his country was not launching pads for these attacks. Thanks so that leaves possibly Iran itself the UN Secretary of state has accused Iran of being binder tax but interestingly Donald Donald Trump is saying we'll have to wait until Saudi Arabia reason in the matter and by the way some who have seen the pictures say that it's not that clear cut that some of the damage damage appeared to be from the western side of the facilities would not be Iran or Iraq but to president trump's what some may call caution he he did say that the US was locked and loaded and this is something that he said when Iran shot down a U S surveillance drone not only that the US was locked locked and loaded but the president said afterwards that he called off a strike ten minutes before the strike because a general told him civilians would be killed Hild. What's the feeling in the region given that we've had this language before well. I think that's the big point I mean. The president does the previous and this and that will be factor intensities response but there's no doubt this is a region on edge. I think the big fear is that any military response on sprouts from America. Perhaps from Saudi Arabia could potentially triggered a winds or conflict so that's why everybody is very nervous Everson. Did I mean this was a significant attack which took a huge chunk of the global oil production and I think the feeling as in the Middle East the Saudi Arabia and America will perhaps need to respond how they respond is everybody's waiting for although again interestingly interestingly president trump has tweeted that America's so reliant on Middle East oil but they will of course I support the ally Saudi Arabia so the the bowl seems to be in Saudi Arabia's court for the moment rather than Washington and then we'll just see context. Iran one has been suffering crippling sanctions even though it was abiding by the nuclear deal Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen which is embroiled in a terrible civil war some Alastair saying that Iran wants to disrupt the economy of its enemy states the way it has been disrupted. I mean it. Is that a part of this. If arenas responsible in Iran has denied it but I I was recently in Iran and the American sanctions on that country really biting people are hurting. The country hasn't been able to sell oil as easily as one st because of American the American embargo ago if Iran wars responsible for this attack as some American officials seems to seem to be suggesting the message Iran I think is sending as this if we can't sell our oil than you're going to have to pay a price as well and just you are such an expert in this region. You've you've told us this. This is perplexing to you yeah. He's confusing. There's lot smoke and mirrors. There is a shadow war going on between the various sides American one one side Iran on the other side of the problem. I think countries have gotten the region is for example Saudi. Arabia comes out and says Iran carries out these attacks well Saudi Arabia the then will be under enormous pressure to do something about it warranted a military response uh-huh would probably invite a response from Iran and then we could see a major esscalation. It's interesting. Nobody in the region wants a war and the reason they don't want a war as because I think everybody's worried about the potentially catastrophic consequences and by the way that includes Donald Trump this is a man on who pledged to bring American troops out of the Middle East the last thing I think he wants to see is American soldiers being pulled back into the region once again Martin Patience Middle East correspondent for the BBC. He's in Beirut Martin. Thank you thank you the General Motors the United Auto Workers Union say they have resumed contract negotiation talks this more than forty nine thousand members of the the UAW walked the picket lines outside of General Motors factories in nine states. It's the first national strike by the W in more than a decade Michigan Radio. Steve Carmody joins us from the picket lines at GMC truck assembly plant in Flint Michigan and Steve we can hear what's going on in the background describe what you're seeing there while they're hundreds of UAW workers standing at the entrances to the flint assembly plant and they're getting support from people who are driving by this morning honking their horns and and the workers came out at midnight last night and they've been on the picket line ever since remind us the union members asking for at this this point the Union and the the automaker are pretty far apart on a lot of different things on pay and benefits. There's a lot of concern about healthcare costs being increased for union members his job security is another major issue for the UAW and also there is a group of workers who are described as being temporary workers who they they want to be made permanent. GM workers and that's all part of the negotiations right now. Are the JAM plants. Completely offline are are any workers crossing crossing the picket lines well the only workers crossing the picket lines at this point are nonunion workers that led to some scuffling this morning as so people started to show up for their security jobs and other jobs at the Flint Assembly plant but for the most part the the parking lot that I'm looking at right right now. We're usually has thousands of cars of workers is completely empty at this point while I am familiar with that parking lot so that's astounding GM Liam made a last-minute contract offer just hours before the contract expired at midnight. can you tell us a little bit more about what it was and what union officials have a set about that contract offer well the GM offering to spend about seven billion dollars more on upgrading current society's employees an additional five thousand workers and was also offering about eight thousand dollars in bonuses for individual workers for signing a new contract at this point. The Union maintains that it doesn't get to the basic needs that they have four pay benefits healthcare her job security I did hear that the union vice president said perhaps if that offer had been made hours before we're earlier they might have been able to hammer out a deal before the strike went into effect. Do you think now that they're back at the table. That will see a closing of this strike. Maybe sooner the expectation is is that the unions ready to be out for a while. GM is probably with its inventory probably okay for at least the next few weeks until it starts having a pinch of not having enough vehicles to sell so it's possible this could wrap up soon or it could drag on for a while just depending on what the two sides are willing to give and depending on that that would impact production remind us some. GM Liam employees gave up pay raises to help GM get through bankruptcy but the company isn't bankrupt anymore is the company in a position to follow through with their promises to build electric cars and trucks factories that are now closed or closing. General Motors is is is an interesting position right now it made about eight billion dollars in profit in twenty eighteen but the company is also in transition to producing more electric vehicles to producing autonomous vehicles so they maintain that order to make the transition they need to use you know make a lot of investments to to do that so how much of that a the prophet that the company has will be available to increase pay for workers is a difficult issue for them to resolve at the bargaining table one other big issue is that the UAW has been facing this corruption investigation involving missing union funds. How much clout does the the U. A. W. Have Right now. That is another good question to ask when the Union made the announcement that they were going to go on strike yesterday the Union President President did not attend that news conference Marley in part because he probably didn't want to answer questions about the F. B. I. Rating has home last month so that definitely has it has an effect now whether it will have a substantial effect. It's not completely clear here on the line picket line. The word is solidarity. No one's questioning the leadership at this point. They're all agreeing that what the Union stands for right now is getting better pay better benefits and more job security for the Workers Michigan Radio. Steve Carmody joins us from the picket line at GM's truck assembly plant in Flint Michigan. See thank you so much for joining us. You're welcome I'm Tanya Moseley Broadcasting. Today from Tempe Arizona where migration as you can imagine is a major story reporters here at KJMC's frontier desk have produced a remarkable series tracking the journey that migrants take from Central America to the United States seven journalists from across seven locations from Honduras and Guatemala to the borders of Mexico and the US cities of Phoenix and Portland Maine. We're taking taking a look at some of those stories now. Here's Jorges Valencia reporting from San Pedro Sula Honduras. When of the key transit points nine hundred is a busy city called something solar people sit in traffic during rush hour the shopping street markets and malls? It's hot and humid roughly seven hundred hundred thousand people live here on Sonia Morita an and this is one of those people. She's showing me the fruit going yard. Bananas Limes Oranges Netting Hydra Leeman flat-panel her vegetable garden is an important sustenance for her her partner and two daughters. She stays at home and her partner uh-huh mechanic finds work only once in a while we look for work she says can we can't find it probably not in NEOM. There are multiple people reasons why people are migrating from hundres and they're all connected. There's an unstable government organized crime and poverty according to the World Bank. Almost two thirds of Hondurans friends live in poverty. Even people steady jobs struggle to pay bills. That's the case for a man named Cosette who makes t shirts in a factory for under armor..

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