Sandy Talks About Recent Autonomous Drive Tesla Crash on TMZ
TMZ reaches out to Sandy Munro to get his opinion on the recent fatal crash of Tesla where there was no one in the driver seat and the user had put the car on autopilot.
The interview starts off with the interviewers asking Sandy if Tesla is in fact using it’s owners and the general public as guinea pigs for testing out their new Autonomous Driving software. Sandy rebuts that even the medical industry uses guinea pigs for testing any more and he would distance himself from any correlation between Tesla’s autopilot technology and a human testing scenario.
Sandy instead says that with the rate of improvements in the software and it’s overall efficacy, the move to continue to evolve and use this technology is paramount in creating safer roads and driving experiences in general. With Tesla’s autopilot being 8 times safer than the average driver and only being on the market for a few years, Sandy believes it would be absolutely criminal to stop the progression and normalization of this technology in the market.
To watch the TMZ clip of Sandy talking, click on the link below:
2021 Tesla Model 3: E2 – Hoist Review & Some Cost Savings
In the second episode of Munro’s new analysis of the Tesla Model 3, Sandy walks us through a hoist review of the vehicle.
First, Sandy addresses a somewhat hidden front access cover under the car that (we think) might be for the euro towing package because you can access the internal front bumper from there. Why this would appear on a US model, however, is puzzling to Sandy as this would add cost to the vehicle. That being said, Sandy is very impressed with the snap fits that he finds. The precision of the snap fits is excellent, leading Sandy to further ponder why the rest of the fit and finish gaps exist on the doors and rear trunk/lights talked about in the last episode.
Next Sandy addresses some of the conspiracies, or at the very least, accusatory comments that we have been getting regarding missing nuts on the upper and lower control arms and the like. Sandy, however, doesn’t find anything out of sorts on the car like this and, to the contrary, praises Tesla’s suspension.
He goes on to reveal some parts that Tesla has decided to eliminate which, as the man who invented the Lean Design® methodology, Sandy is all too happy to find – discussing the cost savings of these design changes. But to learn what he found as he crunches the numbers… well you are just going to have to watch the video by Clicking on the link below:
Surprise! We listened to what you wanted to see next and the vote’s in… so you get another look into the new and improved Tesla Model 3.
While we haven’t started tearing it apart just yet, in this video Sandy gives his first impressions on the vehicle. Unfortunately, Sandy’s first finding regarding the fit and finish is still, well… unfavorable. Uneven gaps still abound on the outside, but Sandy is impressed with the paint job and the interiors.
Sandy goes on to talk about where we will go with the car from here. But spoiler alert, Sandy is planning to take it on a road trip first before the teardown, so stay tuned to watch how this all progresses.
Industry Week 7 Developments Shaping Automotive in 2021
Sandy Munro get featured in the Industry Week article “Back to the Future: 7 Developments Shaping Automotive in 2021 and Beyond” by Laura Putre. On page three of this seven slide article entitled, “Battery Battles Heating Up”, we see the familiar picture of Sandy Munro working on and explaining his mock up of the battery bay system using example replica’s of the new Tesla 4680 batteries.
The article goes on to explain why everyone is watching Tesla’s developments with both awe and fear and why Sandy thinks that the legacy automakers are going to have a hard time catching up. It’s a great article for some sobering statistics on Tesla’s new batteries as well as where the legacy automakers stand.
In this episode, Sandy builds a Tesla Battery Tray using Light Guide Systems. This ingenious setup allows an operator to assemble a complex series of parts with a great amount of ease and precision by giving the operator visual steps on the screen as well as on the parts themselves; shining a light in the shape of the parts and illuminating the places where pieces must be inserted/assembled.
The Light Guide System is the world’s leading software tool for Augmented Reality Manufacturing, enabling even a first-time operator to quickly and painlessly get trained and perform new processes and assemblies. As you can see in the video, Sandy is assembling the battery tray for the first time, but it takes him no time at all to figure out what he has to do in any particular operation to assemble the parts.
According to their website, Light Guid AR Software Engine enables and provides the following:
Install seamlessly onto single workstations or across entire assembly lines.
Project visual prompts in the form of text, graphics, animations, pictures, drawings, or videos.
Eliminate operator reliance on printed work instructions, computer screens or memory for guidance.
Provide operator guidance and confirmation that each step was properly completed.
Capture full digital traceability: automatically record cycle production times, defects, and variable part data to drive real-time data, analytics, and reporting.
Error-proof operations, even in high mix / high variation environments.
Interface across the Enterprise via realtime connectivity to both custom MES environments as well as standard platforms (ie, Siemens Mindssphere, Microsoft Azure, and PTC Thingworx
But don’t take my word for it, watch this fun video and be blown away by the innovative tool:
Sandy Compares Rivian R1T and Tesla Cybertruck with the Hummer EV
In this episode of Munro Live, Sandy changes gears and compares what has been revealed about the upcoming 2022 Hummer EV and it’s likely rivals in the EV realm being the Tesla Cybertruck and the Rivian R1T.
From tank turns to torque, horsepower to handling, all known aspects of these vehicles will be explored and delved into by Sandy. To get the full details, watch the video here:
Also, if you follow us on Munro Live YouTube if you are lucky enough to be the 100K subscriber, you can receive a special giveaway…
Mint Chosun Ilbo: Sandy Munro says Tesla is 8 Years Ahead
Mint which is the Economic Business Section of Chosun Ilbo (the largest newspaper and online news source in Korea) recently did a video interview with Sandy Munro. In this no-holds-barred interview, Sandy reveals several of the shocking finds that were uncovered about Tesla’s technological prowess in the Tesla Model Y.
The reporters were blown away at the honesty and depth that Sandy Munro went into when describing his favorite finds in the Model Y including the Megacasting, the batteries and motor, as well as the overall improvements that Tesla seems to keep making with every new design iteration of their vehicles.
Tesla is 5-10 years ahead in electronics, motors, and overall the general design of these cars vs any of their competitors. Sandy is particularly impressed with the material science and metallurgical breakthroughs that Tesla has employed. Some of the alloys on the steel and aluminum parts are unique and never seen before by Munro in their 32+ years of business.
Sandy says that the automotive world probably can’t catch up with Tesla because they have such a head start as well as continuing to rapidly apply new design changes in their vehicles.
Many of the new ideas Tesla comes up with are hidden in plain sight by Tesla as they don’t necessarily patent everything, therefore not bringing attention to their innovations that they wish for competitors to overlook.
New York Times: Munro Says the Mega Casting is Just Spectacular
As anyone who has followed Munro’s teardown of the Tesla Model Y knows, our team has found numerous improvements over the Model 3 we tore down previously as well as a bundle of great new surprises that delight the automotive engineer and EV enthusiast alike.
One of the biggest finds was the Mega Casting which is the largest aluminum casting that our team has ever seen in all it’s 32 years of existence. What is even more interesting is the process that pulls this off.
The New York Times just recently did a great little feature on this part of the Model Y and gave homage to Munro siting Sandy as saying, “…it is just spectacular.” The article goes on to talk about inside information revealed to the reporter from a source at the new Tesla plant in Germany, and how Tesla is taking a new tact by replacing several costly robots that can’t keep up with giant aluminum casting machines that will produce simpler chassis parts.