Posts Tagged ‘toyota’

“ORO PAZ” – Means Gold Peace – As in Oro en Paz, Fierro en Guerra (Gold in Peace, Iron in War)

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

This license plate tells everybody that you belong in Frisco:

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Tesla Forgets the Lesson Toyota Taught GM in Fremont: “Build fast, fix later: speed hurts quality at Tesla”

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Read and learn, from NPR:

“At the old GM plant in Fremont, Calif., the system had been totally different and there was one cardinal rule that everyone knew: the assembly line could never stop.

“You just didn’t see the line stop,” Madrid said. “I saw a guy fall in the pit and they didn’t stop the line.”

Lee, the supervisor who oversaw the plant summed it up this way: “You saw a problem, you stopped that line: you were fired.”

As a result, vehicles at the plant had lots of defects. Haggerty saw all kinds of mistakes go right down the line.

“So we had Monte Carlos with Regal front ends and vice versa,” he recalled. There were cars with engines put in backwards, cars without steering wheels or brakes. Workers fixed them later in a yard outside — sometimes doing more damage to the vehicles.”

So those were the bad old days of GM in Fremont. But then came the Toyota Way of doing things during the NUMMI era:

At the NUMMI plant you can see Toyota’s solution to this — a thin nylon rope that hangs on hooks along the assembly line. It’s called the andon cord and when pulled, it will stop the line.

The first pull summons a team leader. Workers try to correct the problem on the line. If it takes too long to fix, the line stops. The andon cord also plays a surprisingly cheerful little song that workers can chose. For longtime GM workers who switched to the NUMMI system, all this was a revelation.

After two decades at the GM Fremont plant, Earl Ferguson flew to Japan to learn a whole new way of making cars.

When Madrid trained in Japan, he saw workers stop the line to fix a bolt.

“That impressed me,” he said. “I said, ‘Gee that makes sense.’ Fix it now so you don’t have to go through all this stuff. That’s when it dawned on me. We can do it. One bolt. One bolt changed my attitude.”

And guess what’s made at that very same factory down south in Fremont today – that’s right, Teslas:

After Tesla’s Model S sedans and Model X SUVs roll off the company’s Fremont, California assembly line, the electric vehicles usually make another stop – for repairs, nine current and former employees have told Reuters.

The luxury cars regularly require fixes before they can leave the factory, according to the workers. Quality checks have routinely revealed defects in more than 90 percent of Model S and Model X vehicles inspected after assembly, these individuals said, citing figures from Tesla’s internal tracking system as recently as October. Some of these people told Reuters of seeing problems as far back as 2012.

By now, the reader should have realized that New Tesla is sort of like Old GM.

Artist’s conception of Elon Musk wearing Mens crocs size XXL, if he ever were to do that and then pose awkwardly in/on an expensive vehicle that obviously didn’t fit him (or Arnold, or Gavin, or a lot of others who Wanted To Believe):

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Here’s Why People in San Francisco Think UBER and Lyft Drivers are Horrible – An Ill-Conceived Left Turn, with Concomitant Honking

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Here you go, on Fell, at Masonic, outbound of course, we see a white Prius in the middle of five lanes:

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But there’s just one lane you can be in to turn left to go south on Masonic – that’s the leftmost lane, occupied by a black Honda Civic at this time. But no matter, despite the fact that the light for  Fell has been green for a good 20 seconds or so, the white Prius is stopped and attempting to turn left from the middle lane, which is exactly two lanes away from where you’d want to be.

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Honking ensued.

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But look, the Prius driver has pulled into the neighboring lane and then straightened out. Then it stopped again. One lane down, one lane to go:

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At this point, the unique ped / bike only green has gone red so this allows traffic in the left lane to turn left onto Masonic. And look who’s making an illegal left along with the Civic – it’s our friend the errant Prius:

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After hearing all the honking and seeing this display of chutzpah, a pedestrian can only turn away with a chuckle:

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Anyway, success of a sort – left turn completed.

And here’s the kicker – was it an UBER or a Lyft (or maybe even one of those UBER Lyfts)?

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Well, looks like a Lyft.

Yes, you can drive this way in SF, all you San Mateo County-based TNC drivers. However, you will accumulate more than your fair share of moving and parking violations from the non-traffic-oriented SFPD and/or the money-hungry SFMTA MUNI DPT.

And that’s going to eat into your earnings as a Lyft driver.

And of course the legal way to do this would have been to spend a couple minutes goring forward and then making three right turns.

Verdict:

GUILTY

GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY!

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MCFLY87: Marty McFly’s Toyota, Golden Gate Park – Note Sports Almanac

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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Aging Toyota Starlet Ventures Out Amongst Real Cars

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Rear Wheel Drive, baby!

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Ergo, a collectible car these days

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How Los Angeles Does It: Corporate-Sponsored Lifeguard Vehicles – LA has TOYOTA, SF has FORD

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Here’s your LAFD on patrol, complete with a giant Toyota logo:

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Here in Frisco, we now have thousands of smaller-but-still-quite-prominent FORD logos all over the place for Ford Motor Company’s FordGoBike rental bike service. I think I’d rather have a beefed up patrol at Ocean Beach, where sometimes a half dozen people drown in a year.

Anyway, this is How Los Angeles Does It.

Typical Prius Driver, as Seen Even AFTER Backing Up a Bit at a Red Light – The Dangers of Reversing at Lights

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Not too sure how cognizant this driver is.

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And actually, there _was_ a ped on the street just behind this Prius – perhaps it was from somebody switching seats in a neighboring car. But the general rule is to not back up after making this kind of stopping in a crosswalk mistake.

Just saying.

There are pros and cons of course, but the kind of people who don’t know where to stop are the kind of people who get into more trouble by backing up to fix a mistake.

Anyway, Prius Driver* Bad, uncomfortable with vehicles / driving is what I’m saying…

* And the neighboring Landy driver is also bad, but less so.

Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond Should be Renamed Algea Pond – But at Least the Clawed Frogs are Gone, I Guess

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Get up to speed here.

I don’t know why there’s so much green atop these days. I don’t know if this has anything to do with its history as the Quarry Pond, you know, the former name. Anyway, no lilies to be seen.

But there is a funky chicken in the lower left:

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Oh, here it is:

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And here’s RPD’s Attention Comrades sign, so that the frogs won’t get dumped here again:

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That’s your lily pond update for 2017.

Awesome Prius!

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

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Jurassic Park Muir Woods: Nedry’s Crash on the Way to the East Dock Re-Enacted on Muir Woods Drive

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Or, Only In Marin.

InGen featured prominently on this RAV4:

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Seems an attempt was made to extricate, but it failed. This could be the denouement of an ill-fated three point turn. Note that other drivers took advantage of some prime parking space with a quickness:

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Apparently, drivers rejected from the normal parking lots of Muir Woods National Monument fall off of the flat part of Muir Woods Road like every day. These occupants here just wanted to turn around, too bad.

Calling for a tow involves hiking to the main gate, one assumes, as cell phone service is spotty at best. (I’m thinking AT&T would have the best chance of attaining one bar, based upon what people I know have experienced.)

BTW, Nedry is nerdy backwards