The Origin of Ride-Share

The Origin of Ride-Share

Cruise, an autonomous vehicle start up owned by General Motors and Honda, developed a self-driving, electric car for shared ownership called Origin to provide driverless ride-sharing services.  Origin is a shuttle-like, all-electric vehicle that is environmentally friendly, affordable, modular, long-lasting, and safe.


Video Spotlight: Introducing the Cruise Origin (Cruise, Jan 21, 2020)


This post is based on the CNBC article, Debut of GM’s Cruise Origin shows the future of ride-sharing, autonomous vehicles is a box, by Michael Wayland and Lora Kolodny, January 23, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Video Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock/metamorworks

Discussion Questions:

1. Is the debut of Origin considered an operations strategy of Cruise?  Explain.

Guidance: Yes.  Origin is a strategic operations decision in the area of product design to enable Cruise’s future vision of the auto industry

2. What are the product design considerations of Origin?

Guidance: The product design considerations of Origin include environmental friendliness, affordability, modularity, safety, reliability, and shared mobility.

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Coronavirus Pushes Construction of New Hospitals

Coronavirus Pushes Construction of New Hospitals

February 20, 2020

How long did it take project manager, Fang Xiang, to build a 645,000 square foot hospital with beds for 1,000 corona virus patients in Wuhan, China?

Using a team of 7,000 workers laboring around the clock, the monumental task was completed in just ten days.  About 1,400 military doctors and medical staff, many of whom worked with SARS patients in the past, have been brought in to help treat the patients.

Additional posts on OM in the News discussing the coronavirus and supply chain management can be found here.


Video Spotlight: Time-Lapse Video shows Around-The-Clock Construction Of Chinese Virus Hospitals


This post is based on the NBC News article, China’s coronavirus hospital built in 10 days opens its doors, state media says, by Yuliya Talmizan, February 3, 2020, and the YouTube video, Time-Lapse Video shows Around-The-Clock Construction Of Chinese Virus Hospitals, by NBC News, January 31, 2020. Image source: sfam_photo/Shutterstock.

Discussion Questions:

1. What special challenges did Xiang face in the rush to build this project?

Guidance: Xiang reported that normally it would take at least a month to build a temporary facility of this size, and two years would be required to build a Continue reading

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Big Changes in Vegas Tunnel Project

Big Changes in Vegas Tunnel Project

January 25, 2020

Elon Musk’s changing visions and explanations of the Las Vegas tunnel project with his Boring Company have left many onlookers confused about what is being built.

Two 14-foot-wide, 0.83 mile tunnels are being drilled under the Las Vegas Convention Center grounds, to serve guests needing to travel from one end of the facility to the other, with one end-point reaching the Las Vegas strip.  The project, which broke ground in November, is costing nearly $50 million. Musk claims it will be completed in time for Las Vegas’s huge Consumer Electronics Show in early 2021.


Video Spotlight: The Boring Company has started boring at the LVCVA


This post is based on the Curbed article, Stop calling Elon Musk’s Boring tunnel public transit, by Alissa Walker, January 8, 2020; the CBS article, Elon Musk Says Underground Tunnel to the Vegas Strip Could Open in 2020, by CNN, December 28, 2019; and the YouTube video, The Boring Company has started boring at the LVCVA, by KSNV News 3 Las Vegas, November 15, 2019. Image source: Veni/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. How does the current plan differ from even recent renditions of Musk’s vision?

Guidance: Originally touted Continue reading

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