by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2016 6:43 am MDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 7:55 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Honda quarterly profit slips on air-bag recall related costs TOKYO – Honda’s quarterly profit slipped 19 per cent as costs related to air-bag recalls eroded the benefits from growing sales.Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. reported Friday an October-December profit of 124.1 billion yen ($1 billion).Sales for the fiscal third quarter edged up 3.4 per cent to 3.617 trillion yen ($30 billion).Tokyo-based Honda is the biggest customer for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp., which is behind the massive global recalls spanning nearly all the major automakers, over air bag inflators that can explode.Nine people in the U.S. and 10 worldwide have been killed because of defective air-bag inflators.Another death has been reported in a crash in which a Takata air bag exploded, but it’s unclear whether that was the cause of death.More than 20 million vehicles in the U.S. with defective Takata air bags are already under recall and the worldwide total is likely at least double that. And it’s possible millions more vehicles will need to be recalled.Speculation has bubbled in the Japanese media that some kind of bailout by Japanese automakers will be needed to rescue Takata, but that would come only on condition of a managerial change, including the resignation of the top executive. Takata denied the reports.Honda, which makes the Odyssey minivan, Civic sedan and Asimo humanoid robot, stuck to its forecast for profit to rise 3 per cent to 525 billion yen for the fiscal year ending March 2016.For the third quarter, Honda’s auto sales jumped nearly 5 per cent year-on-year, helped by introducing the Greiz sedan in China. Motorcycle sales slipped by about 3 per cent as fewer were sold in Indonesia and China.Honda acknowledged future costs from class action litigation related to the Takata air bags remained uncertain.Among the more positive news for the company, Honda began deliveries of its HondaJet corporate aircraft and the leasing of robotic legs called Honda Walking Assist.Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s top automaker in global vehicle sales, outselling Volkswagen AG of Germany and U.S. rival General Motors Co., reports earnings Feb. 5. Nissan Motor Co. reports Feb. 10.___Follow Yuri Kageyama: twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at: bigstory.ap.org/content/yuri-kageyama
Velodyne Lidar says the combination of its LiDAR sensor expertise with Clearpath Robotics’ mobile robots for survey and inspection will offer customers a “value-added” service, allowing them to get maximum value from the high-resolution, 3D data these machines capture.Clearpath’s robotic solutions now use Velodyne’s state-of-the-art LiDAR technology, which, Velodyne said, boasts industry-leading resolution, range, and field of view. “Velodyne sensors create a 360° real-time map of the environment, allowing the robot to detect and avoid obstacles for safe autonomous navigation,” the company said.Julian Ware, General Manager of Clearpath Robotics, said: “We have been recommending and integrating Velodyne products on our robotic platforms for almost a decade. Velodyne sensors have proven to handle challenging automation tasks and flawlessly function in unfamiliar and unpredictable settings.”Velodyne’s LiDAR sensors are designed for seamless integration with robotic platforms by being easy to mount, having low-power consumption, and including a web configuration tool, the company said. “They are meticulously designed to perform in high-stress environmental conditions like inclement weather, which is essential for outdoor deployments.“Clearpath provides value-added services for Velodyne with wide-ranging expertise integrating its sensors in customised robotics systems. The company has extensive experience supporting Robot Operating System (ROS)-ready mobile robotics platforms by developing and maintaining ROS drivers, and providing step-by-step ROS tutorials.”Mike Jellen, President and CCO, Velodyne Lidar, said: “Clearpath brings the skill set and experience necessary to help customers derive maximum value from high-resolution, 3D data provided by Velodyne Lidar to create innovative ground-based mobile robot solutions.”Clearpath Robotics provides hardware, software, and services to enable self-driving vehicle development, deployment, and operation, serving markets that span industrial materials handling, mining, military, agriculture, aerospace, and academia.