Anyone would think it's a PR campaign launched by a car driver's lobby group.
Speaking of bad PR, last week's newsletter layout was a total car crash for those of you unfortunate enough to open your newsletter on your smartphone. Big apologies from me, I will do my very best so it won't happen again!
Beyond that, we also took a look this week at the semiconductor shortage, the impact of cobalt-free batteries, Lyft's plan for a robotaxi, and more.
Innovation in mobility is accelerating faster than a bank robber's getaway car.
Let's put the pedal to the metal and move right in.
Buying a new car? Maybe wait for the chip shortage to end first
Carmakers have been hit hard by a shortage of silicon semiconductor chips — I reached out to those across the relevant industries to find out what it means for car buyers.
Carmakers have been reporting to-market delays due to a global shortage in semiconductor chips. It's caused by a combination of factors, including COVID-19 manufacturing shutdowns, a fire in a processing plant, and bigger supply chain problems that left car makers unprepared.
Delays are inevitable for customers as carmakers wait for an increase in production.
However, the shortage could also be a catalyst for further R&D. There are two alternatives being developed:
Gallium nitride (GaN) which can conduct electrons better than silicon at lower manufacturing cost. This would allow electric cars to charge faster and save more energy by using up less carbon dioxide than usual.
Chips made from photonic materials, which are smaller, run faster, and use less power.
A quick take:
COVID-19 factory shutdowns, a fire, and bigger supply chain pains have led to a shortage of semiconductor chips. This has resulted in a backlog of completed vehicles… except for their computers and processors. As a result,you should prepare to pay more and wait longer for the cars you want.
Tesla on Autopilot crashes into two parked cars… again…
On Saturday morning, a 2019 Tesla Model 3, reportedly on Autopilot, crashed into two parked cars in Orlando, Florida.
The driver told officers that she was using Autopilot when the collision took place. Nevertheless, the incident will be under investigation to determine whether Autopilot caused or contributed to the crash.
It seems that Autopilot accidents are happening too often to be ignored.
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