From Big Pharma To Big Aero…

Boeing Wings are Clipping Themselves
And more problems for one of America’s last leading industrial giants, Boeing. Forget the 737 production issues and its impact on Rockford (see this past newsletter). More worrying is a corporate climate filled with loopholes and confusion, trying to supply massive government contracts.This has led to an entire series of flying metal boxes, capable of destroying skyscrapers, being built with a sniff and a hat tip to regulation. With a singular focus on playing the market and self-promotion, it seems that Boeing should start believing their own [bad] press.
From problems to tech in the sky, to solutions on the ground…
Self-Driving is Flying High
Yet again, self-driving vehicles are in the news and the (wink wink) headlights. A new fleet of driverless trucks is being unleashed in New Mexico and Texas, while General Motors is betting its chips on self-driving public transportation (along with the electrified Humvee), envisioned for the future cities of Tomorrowland. The idea of your car shooting lasers at mine, as we speed towards each other on a dark road at night, instills a bit of dystopian fright, but at the same time, anything to make night time driving safer seems like a worthy investment.