Q&A: Who Makes Up a Core Design Team?

In this fan question, I’m asked about automotive core design teams. Who are the key players in a design team for a new vehicle and how do they all coordinate? I give a design process overview and list the people who’re usually involved.


Mustang By Design book review

Here I talk about my friend Jimmy Dinsmore’s book Mustang by Design, which includes not just the story of the Ford Mustang pony car, but also one of the chief designers behind it: Gale Halderman. Halderman worked in Ford’s design department for his entire career as a vehicle designer and the Mustang is one of his most iconic and well-loved works.

You can find a full written review of the book here: http://www.carnewscafe.com/2019/03/mustang-by-design/

Find the book on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Mustang-Design-Halderman-Creation-Iconic/dp/1613254075

Battery Bottleneck Followup With New Survey From Voltaic

A new industry survey sheds some light onto the problems being faced by battery makers and developers for electric vehicles. This illustrates the EV bottleneck and the issues inherent in this. Most of the trends are unsurprising to those familiar with research and development work.

Survey link at Voltaic: https://blog.voltaiq.com/voltaiq-releases-survey-research-on-the-state-of-the-battery-industry

The Battery Bottleneck video this follows up on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIDZ-6EdnMY


Automation in Trucking Won’t Kill Jobs

Automation, specifically automated driving, will be coming to the trucking industry. But it won’t happen as fast as some might believe and it won’t put millions of truck drivers out of work. A new study shows the more realistic, likely impact. I discuss that plus my own thoughts on automation and trucking and why it’s both inevitable and not really that big of a deal.

Find the study here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0019793919858079

2019 Honda Passport Quick Review

A full look at the 2019 Honda Passport, Honda’s new midsize crossover fitting beneath the larger three-row Pilot and the compact CR-V. Here I find the good, the bad, and the not so bad.

In honor of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund: http://www.diocancerfund.org/