March 2020 Newsletter
Coronavirus Putting The Auto Industry at Risk Over the past two months the coronavirus has gone from a slight concern to a global epidemic that has seen thousands get affected across numerous countries. As China dashes to contain the rapidly spreading virus, building one hospital in 10 days, it not only affects the people of China but is also having a major impact on the auto industry as well. Some of the biggest car brands in the world have made a major investment into their supply chain in the industrial nation. Meanwhile parts of China have been placed on lockdown, some areas since January, companies and investors alike are becoming unsettled. As the virus continues to spread and the mass panic builds the auto industry is also beginning to sweat as assembly plants and dealers alike are being greeted with a long list of issues with very few solutions currently. Click the button below to learn which area's of the industry are being dealt the most damage. Find Out MoreThe Water Cooler Apple Doesn't Allow Bad Guys to Use iPhones in MoviesWhen you are watching a movie do you ever pay attention to the phones that the characters are using. If you do, have you ever wondered why the bad guy never has an iPhone? There is a very simple answer to this question; Apple forbids it! In an interview with Vanity Fair, Knives Out director Rian Johnson let the cat out of the bag. "Apple... they let you use iPhones in movies but — and this is very pivotal if you’re ever watching a mystery movie — bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera" stated the director,a very odd tidbit of information but some next level thinking by Apple. If bad guys in movies never use an iPhone then it limits the possible bad light their phones get. A small detail in the film industry that highlights Apple's next level thinking and competitive nature to be the best. TRIVIA What was the first production car in the world with laser headlights? Read to the end to find out the answer. Around the Industry: Robotics Getting a Bigger Role in the Assembly Plant A polarizing conversation, across all industries, is automatizing the assembly line. For the auto industry specifically, some say the introduction of robots could help streamline the assembly process and eliminates the possibility of human error others believe that this practice is solely killing jobs and harming the ability to get a job in this field. In Canada however, they are finding that thanks to advancements in technology they are able to do far more with these robots now than they could have ever done before. No longer are they just made for big clunky sections of the assembly line, and can actually be used in much more precise areas thanks to their co-bots, or robots that can help assist humans during the process. These new, smaller, more advanced robots can operate 10x faster and handle twice the payload. This, along with technology advancements in general allowing for artificial intelligence to better understand human command, it seems evident that there will be a larger presence of robots in assembly plants along with new jobs created to work around these machines eating up the tedious tasks.Trivia Answer BMW I8- The high end BMW model gives their customers the option to get laser headlights in their vehicle which effectively doubles the illumination range when compared to modern LED high beams.