I ran across this today, and it’s a nice contrast to some of the 1930s vintage automobile factory videos we’ve looked at here today. The spread of automation is relentless, and Elon Musk is talking about designing a drastically faster and almost fully automated plant for the upcoming Tesla Model Y. But here’s short ride down the assembly line in the current state of the art.
Poor old Roger Smith; he had the right idea back in the 80s, but his efforts at automating GM’s plants were a bit ahead of their time. The paint robots ended up painting each other as much as the cars, along with other snafus.