Sharing your S-Class?
Smart product manager Rouven Remp said the city car brand is better suited than its owner, Mercedes, to execute a car sharing scheme – which it will launch early next year. He said, joking: “If you would ask me personally, I think you’d be rather reluctant to share your S-Class. With a Smart, it’s a bit easier.”
Is 3D-printing the future?
Divergent 3D, a California-based tech firm that displayed a 3D-printed car at the LA motor show, has done a technology exploration deal with PSA Group chief Carlos Tavares. Divergent 3D CEO Kevin Czinger said the process removes 50% of chassis weight and 75% of parts.
Brexit's effect on Mini
Mini says operations at its Oxford plant are currently unaffected by the result of the Brexit vote. Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer said it remained “business as usual” and would be so for some time because, unlike Nissan and its Sunderland plant, Mini has no imminent investment decisions to make about its plant.
NextEV boss Padma Warrior laid out her vision for the next evolutionary step change in the development of the car at the LA show. Warrior painted a picture of what she called “Car 3.0” as being a self-driving electric vehicle that learns about its occupant’s habits and adapts its behaviour accordingly.