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Re: Honda seeks outside help for Engineering talent

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Lance Gatling <[log in to unmask]>

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RE: Mr. Curran's comment about 'going it alone'.

My (very limited) understanding is that for perhaps decades some of
the most advanced companies in automotive and internal combustion
technology have quietly - and under strict NDAs - bought and sold
technology across what would normally be considered competitive lines.
One famous example is Porsche selling intake and combustion chamber
design to Japanese car makers. Motorcycle giant Yamaha has done a lot
of work with various makers, as car engine designs evolved to resemble
more high revving motorcycle engines, with their inherent heat,
friction, combustion, valve and ignition timing challenges, but that
has been more public as Yamaha is not a direct automotive competitor
to X.

So, much as more and more countries pool resources to advance the
state of the art of fighter technology in the form of the F35, I'd
expect more and more car makers to pool resources.

The obvious others areas include the sensors and smarts for assisted
drive, etc. LIDAR, motion sensors, you name it, the costs of
development versus the costs of getting it wrong are pretty stark.

Lance Gatling
Nexial Research, Inc.
Tokyo, Japan



On Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 10:29 PM, Tim Curran <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> A very interesting article in the WSJ today about Honda’s struggle to keep
> pace with the rapid evolution of technology. The article behind a paywall is
> copied below:
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> https://www.wsj.com/articles/honda-took-pride-in-doing-everything-itself-the-cost-of-technology-made-that-impossible-1533484840?mod=hp_lead_pos5
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>
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> “Honda’s decision to go shopping points to a radical culture change at one
> of Japan’s proudest companies, where founder Soichiro Honda in the 1960’s
> said, “We refuse to depend on anyone else.” The struggle at the
> entrepreneurial success story cuts deep into Japan’s sense of itself as a
> global leader in technology. Honda once used staff technicians to design new
> technologies ranging from engines to the shape of the suspension arms.
> Today, Honda believes rapid shifts in technology mean it can no longer
> afford to keep pace working solely on its own.”
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> Tim Curran
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> Apologies if this is inappropriate, but
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> With regard to the comment that using translators only works if the original
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> At the same time, the author should be available to fill in blanks that are
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