Learners in Columbia College’s automotive tech plan get unusual tour of Tesla electric motor vehicle plant | Information

College students from the automotive technological know-how software at Columbia College who toured components of Tesla’s 5.3-million-sq.-foot electric car manufacturing unit and workplaces in Fremont very last Friday shared their views this week on innovative robotics they noticed on assembly traces, as well as how the innovations they witnessed are motivating them in their vocation paths in a transforming field.

Dominic Byrne, 18, of Cedar Ridge, a Summerville Higher graduate with the Class of 2021, stated the producing plant by itself was immense, with racks of unpainted elements, “cool robotic arms lifting up platforms holding the unfinished automobiles,” and unfinished dashboard consoles waiting to be set up.

“My most loved part of the tour ended up the autonomous devices moving all around the manufacturing facility with motor vehicle parts on best of them,” Byrne mentioned Wednesday in a mobile phone interview. “From place A to level B, they were being going on black magnetized traces. The robots had been cooler than the cars and trucks, seriously great ingenious stuff, giant robots, incredibly subtle.”

Byrne reported he is targeted on completing his automotive associate’s degree at Columbia and use that to go to do the job and receive additional funds to continue on to increase his horizon in bigger training, perhaps in diesel technologies scientific tests or in the health-related area.

Eric Taylor, 41, of Sonora, said he is getting all the automotive program classes at Columbia School, and the Friday tour at the Tesla plant in Fremont was his initial up-near seem at just about anything like it. They started off all-around 11 a.m. Friday and rode in a tram, like a coach on wheels, in some of the largest buildings any person could ever recall remaining inside.

“It was an wonderful practical experience,” Taylor explained. “They use so considerably robotics on the assembly strains. Appeared like they ended up functioning a few or four diverse strains. It was my to start with time in an automotive manufacturing plant. They experienced this crushing equipment seven tales tall that could generate thousands and thousands of tons of crushing force. They use it to stamp metallic components. At the conclude, they were being displaying us how they are going to make significant rig trucks. Significant like diesels, but it is electrical.”

Taylor said his objectives involve eventually opening his personal automotive store, so he’s also taking small business courses. He hopes to complete at Columbia and transfer to University of California, Sacramento, to focus on far more business enterprise scientific tests.

“I took some electronics courses here at Columbia,” Taylor claimed. “In the foreseeable future, I hope to acquire more laptop lessons. I’m planning for performing on a lot more electrical components and eventually electric powered automobiles, but even the types that aren’t electric powered, virtually each and every program in cars now has electrical or laptop or computer elements.”

Gage Galvez, 18, an additional 2021 graduate of Summerville High, was also impressed with all the robotics he observed at operate in

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Elite French Auto Tech Companies Tour U.S., Eye CES

Unfortunately, the automotive world does not always beat a path to the doors of startups with brilliant connectivity and autonomous tech. And sometimes automakers and Tier 1 suppliers miss some great companies by looking only in Silicon Valley, Israel’s Silicon Wadi or China.

Recognizing how difficult it is for startups to get noticed, and how time-consuming it is for OEMs to sort  the wheat from the chaff in the automotive tech world, France has been delivering its vetted, best-of-the-best startups to North America’s doorstep for seven years. It takes them on a 2-week whirlwind tour of the Detroit/Ann Arbor area and Silicon Valley where they pitch dozens of automakers, suppliers and influencers. Since the pandemic, the pitches have been done virtually.

The visits are part of Ubimobility, a 9-month development program combined with a 2-week immersion in key automotive and tech ecosystems in the U.S. and Canada. The applicants are specifically selected to be suited to the U.S. and Canadian markets.

This year’s startups are selected from a group of finalists chosen by jurors from Magna International, FCA Group, Ford, the University of Michigan, NVIDIA, Boston Consulting Group, Qualcomm, Valeo North America, and Wards Intelligence.

“Our laureates’ pitches on their innovative solutions were received with great interest from North America’s biggest automotive players. It has been a pleasure to support our nominees and witness their first steps towards strategic partnerships that will answer the future mobility challenges,” says Simon Lelièvre – Head of Transportation at Ubimobility.

If you didn’t have a chance to Zoom with these companies when they toured last month, you can still meet them in person Jan. 5-8 at the Pavilion France Automobile at CES in Las Vegas. The finalists making their pitches to OEMs and suppliers offer a wide variety of creative and relevant mobility technologies:

Airudit www.Airudit.com “Empowering your speech” is what Airudit is all about, says Olivier Raffard, sales director. A startup based in Paris and Bordeaux, it specializes in the design of Human Systems interfaces driven by voice. It was created in 2013 and develops and markets proprietary technologies for the global understanding of human natural language. AIRUDIT is unique because it is able to master the entire processing chain, which goes from the oral expression of a speaker to the response provided by the machine in the context of a Human Systems relationship in a complex environment, while interacting with information systems to ensure actions and access to the right information. The dedicated technology for the automotive industry is called VECTAI.

ClearDrop Technology www.cleardrop.tech “Using acoustics, we can make any kind of liquid fall right off, fast, from a glass surface,” says Nikos Christopoulos, founder and CEO. Sensors and cameras that are wet or coated with frost can disable ADAS systems. ClearDrop is a startup specializing in acoustics and fluid mechanics. The patented technology uses surface acoustic waves to displace liquids and remove frost instantaneously. Potential applications include:

  • Cleaning optical devices in automotive (such as ADAS sensors and cameras)
  • Improving
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