Jaguar Land Rover issues its largest ever recall of 104,000 vehicles
British car manufacturing behemoth Jaguar Land Rover have issued a recall for 104,000 vehicles in the US over potential problems with brakes and lights. The recall is said to be the largest ever for JLR, and applies to over 74,000 luxury SUVs and almost 5,000 luxury sedans. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a notice for brake hose ruptures and sidelight malfunctions on Friday, with the actual recalls to begin on March 13th.
For Land Rover vehicles, the recall is over concern that one or both of the front brake hoses are prone to rupture, which would lead to a loss of braking fluid. Up to 74,648 Range Rover models produced between 2006 and 2012 will be eligible to have their brake hoses replaced for free at Land Rover dealerships.
The NHTSA noted that Jaguar Land Rover had previously opened an investigation into the brake hoses in November 2010. This was brought on by a handful of dealership reports about hoses with bulges in them, however because the instances were sporadic, and there were no accidents connected to the issue, the investigation was closed in June 2012. The case was re-opened in November 2014 after more ruptured hoses were discovered and an accident was reported.
The remaining Land Rover recalls apply to Range Rovers and Range Rover Sports made in 2013 and 2014, and focus on improper routing of brake vacuum hoses. The issue could result in a hole and loss of braking power. Once again, dealerships will be conducting all repairs.
As for Jaguar models, 4,787 XKs from 2012 to 2015 are being recalled over side parking lights that turn off after a span of five minutes. Dealerships will offer a software update to fix the lighting issue at no charge.
Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line
Fluent.ai has deployed its voice recognition solutions in one of BSH’s German factories. BSH leads the market in producing connected appliances—its brands include Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, NEFF, and Thermador, and with this new partnership, the company intends to cut transition time in its assembly lines.
According to BSH, voice automation will yield 75-100% efficiency gains—but it’s the collaboration between the two companies that stands out. ‘After considering 11 companies for this partnership, we chose Fluent.ai because of their key competitive differentiators’, explained Ion Hauer, Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen.
What Sets Fluent.ai Apart?
After seven years of research, the company developed a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) software products to help original equipment manufacturers (OEM) expand their services. Three key aspects stood out to BSH, which operates across the world and in unique factory environments.
- Robust noise controls. The system can operate even in loud conditions.
- Low latency. The AI understands commands quickly and accurately.
- Multilingual support. BSH can expand the automation to any of its 50+ country operations.
How Voice Automation Works
Instead of pressing buttons, BSH factory workers will now be able to speak into a headset fitted with Fluent.ai’s voice recognition technology. After uttering a WakeWord, workers can use a command to start assembly line movement. As the technology is hands-free, workers benefit from less physical strain, which will both reduce employee fatigue and boost line production.
‘Implementing Fluent’s technology has already improved efficiencies within our factory, with initial implementation of the solution cutting down the transition time from four seconds to one and a half”, said Markus Maier, Project Lead at the BSH factory. ‘In the long run, the production time savings will be invaluable’.
Future Global Adoption
In the coming years, BSH and Fluent.ai will continue to push for artificial intelligence on factory lines, pursuing efficiency, ergonomics, and a healthy work environment. ‘We started with Fluent.ai on one factory assembly line, moved to three, and [are now] considering rolling the technology out worldwide’, said Maier.
Said Probal Lala, Fluent.ai’s CEO: ‘We are thrilled to be working with BSH, a company at the forefront of innovation. Seeing your solution out in the real world is incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to continuing and growing our collaboration’.