The digitization of Henry Ford’s Model T is seeing an illuminating next chapter.
And it’s quite a sight.
Cars are (as has been written about many times on Jimmy’s Daily Planet) increasingly being designed and built as supercomputers. Tesla is the best practical evidence in 2016 of this burgeoning reality with the Model S, Model 3 and Model X. No, the price point for these three car models have not dropped into mainstream affordability, but the availability is there nonetheless. That’s impressive, even if it’s an expensive alternative. An encouraging note is the Tesla Model 3 is trying to crack the Lexus and Mercedes consumer market with a tax credit/incentive in the thousands that makes people take a second glance at the electric automaker beyond its sleek lines and quiet, yet powerful engine.
For many of the major car makers, their giant leap from the engine and functionality from the 20th century to the computerized innovation in the 21st century won’t be comprehensive. That’s impractical and foolish. At some point, perhaps in half a century, but that’s still a ways off…
Thankfully, as is the natural consequence of innovation, engineers are constantly conceptualizing that manageable next step.
“Powerful batteries will give the SUV a driving range of over 300 miles.
It will be priced like a “reasonably equipped Mercedes GLC.” At today’s prices, that would be around $50,000.”
–Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN Money
Visitors of the 2016 Paris Motor Show were recently privileged to an exciting first glimpse of the Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ imagined for modern roads. While the cool blue design is a concept, there doesn’t appear to be too many far-fetched ideas in the video above. Yes, it’s a promo made by and for the German car giants, yet this engineering dream looks like a realistic ambition for a few years down the road. However, one small speed bump may be that, as clean and appealing as the white interior shows in HD, perhaps the final call should favor dark blue or black (from experience, bright white leather may not pair well with dark jeans or clothing with indigo or black dye).
That’s the only grilling the EQ warrants. Speaking of which, that new grill is hot.
People say, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”
According to the Atlanta Falcons, his wallet may be a close second.
“In any fan survey, food and beverage is one of the most important drivers of fan experience and the one that is the most broken,” Cannon said. “It’s either lack of quality, lousy delivery or bloodcurdling pricing.”
–Steve Cannon, AMB Group CEO
To be more specific, a revised menu for Atlanta Falcons games in 2017:
Equate this revolutionary move (yes, food prices are so high at every sports stadium that this can be considered, “revolutionary”) with the installation of state-of-the-art scoreboards and seats. By conceding to the public that the prices across the board for average food and drinks at sporting events are senselessly astronomical, the Atlanta Falcons have put sports programs (collegiate and professional) on immediate notice.
Lower prices or else.
The “or else,” thanks to the Falcons, appears to have been weakened in no small measure. People are increasingly being priced out of the refreshment market at sporting events. Particularly if the lower-priced menu works (quality and revenue), if other venues and teams don’t follow with similar revisions, they will be viewed as unnecessarily greedy. Ticket prices and seating options for the games alone are out of control, not including any special rivalry, tournament or championship.
On a completely unrelated note, have you noticed your friends investing in stunning high-definition TVs and sound systems as opposed to spending the equivalent on a single game to be seen from the rafters? Can’t imagine why this is…
It seems like Mr. Cannon and Co. are attempting to get the pendulum to slowly swing back towards prioritizing and rewarding fans and their experience. Sporting events are supposed to bring us together for fun, memorable moments. If you want to pay extra for special benefits (view, proximity, parking, etc.), that’s one thing. But to pay for the 50-yeard line package at a football game for the bare minimum in terms of quality of seats and the crazy high cost of a small popcorn and a single drink is what infuriates so many sports patrons.
We have to contemplate our bank statements before “investing” in a hamburger.
The Atlanta Falcons are at least trying to ease a little bit of the monetary pain. And while we won’t know the verdict without people paying for and responding to the more affordable menu, the prospect is nonetheless promising as a first step.
$5 for domestic beers still seems quite high. However, that may be an issue of sobriety control as opposed to a cost-benefit analysis.
Falconry does require a clear mind. The falcon can’t be hot-dogging it.
Actually, for two bucks in Atlanta next year, falcons (and its fans) will be able to.