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Auto Production Disrupted By Chip Shortages: A Dream Car May Be Hard To Find (www.npr.org)

A worker is seen inside the production chain at Renesas Electronics in Beijing on May 14, 2020. - Renesas Electronics is a global Japanese semiconductor manufacturer with around 940 employees in Beijing. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)

Computer chips are an essential component for new cars. But car production has recovered faster than expected, and competing demand for semiconductors has also been rising. Some plants are struggling.

Just like COVID greatly increased the demand for at-home toilet paper, apparently car computer chips are also hard to scale up rapidly in production capacity. Who knew cars were so computerized these days?

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