Vehicles Headed for Extinction; Tesla's Record Deliveries; Plant Cuts 700 Workers | Today in Manufacturing, Ep. 48

Also on the podcast, autonomous semi-truck drives 80 miles without a driver, historically expensive used cars, lizard inspires new artificial lungs, oil spill problems, and record revenues for key supply chain link.

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In each episode, we discuss the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week:

Autonomous Trucker Logs First No-Human Road Test

On December 22nd, TuSimple successfully completed the first-ever operation of a driverless semi-truck on an open public road. 

Would-Be Buyers Aghast at Used Car Prices

Prices for used vehicles have skyrocketed and it's happened so fast that buyers are getting priced out of the market.

Tesla Says it Delivered Record 936K Vehicles in 2021, up 87%

Last year, Tesla delivered 936,000 vehicles. Analysts call the numbers “jaw-dropping” given the ongoing global chip shortage.

More Than 700 Workers Lose Jobs at Wind Turbine Plant

Last Friday, more than 700 workers lost their jobs at TPI Composites in Newton, Iowa when the company ended wind turbine production at the plant. 

Vehicle Models Headed for Extinction in 2022

USA Today recently put together a list of vehicle models that have been discontinued for the U.S. market in 2022.

In Case You Missed It

Jeff: Settlement Proposed in Longest Running U.S. Oil Spill

The abandoned wells have been leaking since 2004.

David: Lizards Offer Surprising Approach to Engineering Artificial Lungs

Researchers from Princeton University were inspired by the brown anole lizard to develop a new artificial lung.

Anna: Suez Canal Revenues Hit All-Time Record

The Suez Canal hit $6.3 billion in revenue last year, the highest in its history.

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