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The White House has announced President Joe Biden will sign an executive order designed to create “resilient and secure supply chains for critical and essential goods.”

In a release, the government said “American households, workers, and companies have increasingly felt the strain of shortages of essential products – from medicine to food to computer chips.” They went on to note this became painfully clear during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic as personal protective equipment – such as masks and face shields – was in short supply.

While PPE is now more readily available, other shortages exist and the government noted “recent shortages of automotive semiconductor chips have forced slowdowns at car manufacturing plants, highlighting how shortages can hurt U.S. workers.”

As a result, the Biden administration says the government “must ensure that production shortages, trade disruptions, natural disasters and potential actions by foreign competitors and adversaries never leave the United States vulnerable again.”

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To address this, President Biden will sign an executive order that seeks to “comprehensively address supply chain risks” while also securing “well paid jobs for communities across our country.”

As part of the order, the government will conduct an immediate 100-day review to address vulnerabilities in the supply chains of four key products including APIs, which are the part of a pharmaceutical product that contain the active drug.

On the automotive side of things, agencies will work to secure critical minerals such as “rare earths” used in electric motors. The ultimate goal is to ensure the U.S. isn’t dependent upon foreign sources or single points of failure in times of national emergency.

Speaking of EVs, the government wants to ensure the U.S. can produce large capacity batteries as electric vehicles are key to fighting climate change. The White House went on to say “while the U.S. is a net exporter of electric vehicles, we are not a leader in the supply chain associated with electric battery production.” As a result, the U.S. wants to leverage their “sizeable lithium reserves and manufacturing know-how to expand domestic battery production.”

Last but not least, the Biden administration wants to increase domestic production of semiconductors. The government contends underinvestment has been “hurting our innovative edge” and other countries have learned from our mistakes.

The 100-day review is designed to identify near-term steps the government can take to address vulnerabilities in supply chains. The order also calls for a more in-depth one-year review of a broader range of supply chains including those that support the defense industrial base, public health, information and communications technology, the energy sector, transportation industries, and supply chains for agricultural commodities as well as food production.

The ultimate goal is increase domestic production, create jobs and make the United States less dependent on countries such as China. Of course, the government can only do so much as companies have the ultimate say on where they build things.


Ferrari has become the latest automaker to announce a Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) program.

The company didn’t say much about their effort, but confirmed the program was greenlighted following careful study and analysis.

Development is already underway as the automaker has spent the past few weeks working on the car’s design as well as running simulations. If everything goes according to plan, Ferrari will enter the new top class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2023.

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This will be a big moment for Ferrari as 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of their last official participation in the World Sports Car Championship. Ferrari went on to say they “proactively helped to establish” the FIA World Endurance Championship and aren’t a stranger to the 24 Hours of Le Mans as they have racked up 36 victories over the years.

In a statement, Ferrari President John Elkann said “In over 70 years of racing, on tracks all over the world, we led our closed-wheel cars to victory by exploring cutting-edge technological solutions: innovations that arise from the track and make every road car produced in Maranello extraordinary. With the new Le Mans Hypercar program, Ferrari once again asserts its sporting commitment and determination to be a protagonist in the major global motorsport events.”

While Ferrari didn’t go into many specifics, they confirmed drivers and the name of the car will be revealed in future announcements.

Regardless, they’ll be competing against Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, Peugeot and Toyota. Aston Martin was supposed to be part of that group, but they pulled out last year.

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上一篇介紹德國工廠的生產組裝到台灣賓士的整備過程,新世代S-Class在3月5日正式在台上市前再度釋出相關產品訊息,這次最終篇《駕馭篇》中將揭開新世代S-Class如何透過尖端的智慧駕駛輔助系統和安全科技配備,讓駕駛在享受駕馭樂趣的同時,和用路人都擁有最周全的保護。

後輪轉向最高達10度 提升行車靈活度

新世代S-Class做為旗艦車款,寬敞加長的車身提供舒適的乘坐空間,卻也能如豪華小型車A-Class一樣在城市的大街小巷靈活穿梭,得益於後軸轉向系統,後輪可以依據車速與轉向角度,來判定應與前輪同方向或反方向轉動,例如在倒車停車時,後輪最大轉向角度可達10度,迴轉直徑縮短達2公尺,讓市區停車更加便利,轉彎更加精準敏捷,降低對於周遭用路人的可能影響,尤其在高速行駛變換車道時,前後輪同向操縱也讓行車更加穩定安全。

新世代S-Class的後輪轉向最高達10 度,有助於提升轉向倒車的靈活度。

智能停車結合360度環景視野無死角

而當駕駛欲停車時,智能停車輔助也是最窩心的助手,結合全新顯示介面的360度環景攝影功能,4 個單獨的攝影機影像會結合車輛周圍環境的立體影像,以動態視角的方式顯示在中央的OLED 12.8吋高解析度螢幕中,輔助駕駛輕鬆地完成停車任務。

智能停車輔助套件結合全新顯示介面的360度環景攝影功能。

新世代S-Class所配備的智慧駕駛輔助套件,特別針對主動盲點輔助含離車警示輔助功能進行升級,並首次與全新的MBUX智能控制結合,當駕駛或前座乘客欲伸手開門時,若雷達偵測到後方有來車或腳踏車騎士,後照鏡即會出現警示符號、主動環景式內裝照明也會主動閃爍紅色氛圍燈,防止開門所造成的可能傷害,可說是為台灣交通繁忙的行車環境,所量身打造的貼心功能。

主動盲點輔助含離車警示輔助功能若偵測到後方有來車或腳踏車騎士,後照鏡即會出現警示符號、主動環景式內裝照明也會主動閃爍紅色氛圍燈。

E-Active Body Control進階主動車身控制系統 安全超前部署

同樣進行升級的還有Pre-Safe主動側撞防護功能,當系統偵測到即將發生側面碰撞時,選配的E-Active Body Control進階主動車身控制系統能在1秒內提高車身最多8公分,以堅實的車體底板吸收撞擊力道,減緩施加在乘客身上的作用力,超前部署行車安全。(預計21/22年式起提供)

Pre-Safe主動側撞防護功能偵測到即將發生側面碰撞時,選配的E-Active Body Control進階主動車身控制系統能在1秒內提高車身最多8公分,以堅實的車體底板吸收撞擊力道。

後座安全氣囊 全面保護最重要的人

為了保障後座乘客的安全,新世代S-Class更首度為兩位後座乘客都配備創新的正面安全氣囊,因後座依據乘客為兒童或成人會有不同的乘坐狀況,氣囊經過精細縝密的設計,氣囊於一般結構狀態時體積約為16公升,而完全展開時,體積最大可達70公升,在意外來臨時提供更周全的保護,可以大幅降低對於乘客頭部外側和頸部的傷害,從前座到後座、從正面到側面,新世代S-Class無微不至地保護車內的所有人。(預計21/22年式起提供)

新世代S-Class首度為兩位後座乘客配備創新的正面安全氣囊。

Digital Light多光束智慧型數位頭燈

駕駛的行車安全與全車息息相關,革命性的頭燈技術數位照明系統可以在前方道路上投射輔助標誌或者警示符號,增加駕駛對於路況的認知。各盞頭燈內,數位照明系統透過130萬個微小鏡面,創造出解析度260萬畫素的畫面。除了首創流星雨般的數位迎賓燈效果,更具備Ultra Range超長距遠光燈功能,最大照射距離可達650公尺,並可依車輛前進速度、轉彎角度及地形起伏,隨之調整頭燈照射角度與範圍,在夜晚的時候提供更周全的照明輔助。(預計21/22年式起提供)

Digital Light多光束智慧型數位頭燈可於夜晚行車時提供更周全的照明輔助。

有望成為首款於德國掛牌的Level 3自動駕駛車

新世代S-Class在產品規劃初期,就以全球首款Level 3自動駕駛車為使命,期望開啟Level 3自動駕駛之先河,成為最先進的豪華旗艦房車。因此,預計從2021年下半年開始,新世代S-Class將能於德國特定高速公路路段使用Level 3自動駕駛,雖然台灣現行的法規還不允許Level 3自動駕駛車上路,但可以期望不久的將來,台灣法規也能跟進,隨著5G通訊技術的普及與更先進的汽車智慧駕駛接軌,共創人類移動的未來。

預計從2021年下半年開始,新世代S-Class將能於德國特定高速公路路段使用Level 3自動駕駛。

圖片來源:Mercedes-Bnez、台灣賓士

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