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Tesla delivers 88,400 electric vehicles, beating expectations

Tesla delivered 88,400 vehicles in the first quarter, beating most analysts expectations despite a 21% decrease from the previous quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic put downward pressure on demand and created logistical challenges. Tesla said Thursday it produced 103,000 electric vehicles in the first quarter, about 2% lower than the previous period. The deliveries and production figures beat most analysts expectations, causing Tesla shares to jump more than 10.4% in after hours trading. Analysts,...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Shanghai, Reuters, Tesla Tesla, IBES, FactSeat


Why the Automotive Repair and Service Industry Needs to Deploy Online Chat Platforms Now

What is online chat? What is a chatbot? And why would any automotive service business need either for their website now?  Newsflash – commerce has changed. Maybe forever. The way consumers research, select and purchase goods and services has changed sharply in recent weeks. We are witnessing a major paradigm shift in consumer shopping behavior – at lightning speed. The good news is there are actions an automotive service business leader can take now to align their business with fast-changin...
Tags: Google, Automotive, Autos, Honda, Press, Industry News, Otis, Chatbot, Auto Repair, Openbay, Online Chat, Service Provider Resources, Openbay News, Automotive Aftermarket, Openbay Otis


RCLUB Emphasizes the Emotional Aspect of High-Performance Driving

Driving represents an escape—and a possible gateway to deeper connection—in a new spot for Toronto-based luxury auto share service RCLUB.The two-minute spot from Toronto-based Smaller Agency, and directed by Sean McBride of Someplace Nice, showcases the throaty roar, acceleration and handling of a high-performance car but also adds an element of humanity. It features a father taking a young car-obsessed boy saddened by the apparent loss of his mother to a mostly empty parking lot, where he lets ...
Tags: Advertising, Toronto, Automotive, Sean McBride, Someplace Nice, Smaller Agency, RCLUB, McBride RCLUB, Noah Barlow, Noah BarlowCreative, David RossArt, Sean McBrideExecutive, Estelle Weir Chilo FletcherDirector, Michael LeBlancProducer, Mike SmithEditorial, Chris MurphyExecutive


Self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski files motion to force Uber into arbitration

Anthony Levandowski, the star self-driving car engineer who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit, has filed a motion to compel Uber into arbitration in the hopes that his former employee will have to shoulder the cost of at least part of the $179 million judgment against him. The motion to compel arbitration filed this week is part of Levandowski’s bankruptcy proceedings. It’s the latest chapter in a long and winding legal saga that has entangled Uber and Waymo, the former Googl...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Uber, California, Tech, Engineer, Automotive, SEC, Self-driving Cars, Judge, District Attorney, Anthony, Alphabet, Emerging-technologies, San Francisco Bay Area


The best sports cars for 2020

It’s a great time to be a car enthusiast. Modern sports cars are powerful, yet manageable. Here are the best.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Automotive, Ford Mustang, Best Of, Buying Guides, Subaru BRZ, Toyota Supra, Aston Martin DB11, Bmw M5, Toyota 86, Best Of Everything, Lamborghini Huracan Evo, Tier 4


Stocks post worst quarter since 2008 financial crisis

The first quarter of 2020 ended with a whimper  — with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ posting their worst quarter in decades — as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause uncertainty and volatility across all major stock market indices. At the beginning of the quarter, we were still basking in a decade-long bull market. The global pandemic, and the economic havoc it caused, put an end to those halcyon days. All major American indices dropped into bear-market territory March...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Europe, Finance, China, Tech, Automotive, United States, SaaS, Earnings, Federal Reserve, Nasdaq, Dow Jones, Bessemer, Stonks, COVID-19


On-demand shuttle startup Via hits $2.25 billion valuation on latest funding round led by Exor

On-demand shuttle startup Via has hit a $2.25 billion valuation following a Series E funding round led by Exor, the Agnelli family holding company that owns stakes in PartnerRe, Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The Series E funding round, which included other investors, totaled $400 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. Exor invested $200 million into Via as part of the round, both companies said in an announcement. Noam Ohana, who heads up Exor Seeds, the holding compa...
Tags: Transportation, UK, New York, Berlin, Tech, Chicago, Austin, Automotive, Ferrari, Ohio, Malta, Fiat Chrysler, Arriva, Macquarie Capital, VIA, Ohana


Trump Admin Set to Announce Bullshit Plan to Build Dirtier Cars That Cost More to Drive

Donald Trump’s administration is set to gut Barack Obama-era fuel efficiency standards on Tuesday, the New York Times reported, in a huge middle finger to anyone who cares about the environment and likely the White House’s biggest backtrack in federal climate policy.Read more...
Tags: Energy, Science, Climate Change, White House, Environment, Cars, Barack Obama, Automotive, Pollution, Fossil Fuels, New York Times, Automobiles, Donald Trump, Dirtier Cars That Cost More To Drive, Trump Admin Set


Ford, GE Healthcare to produce 50,000 ventilators by July using this tiny company’s design

Ford and GE Healthcare have licensed a ventilator design from Airon Corp and plan to produce as many as 50,000 of them at a Michigan factory by July as part of a broader effort to provide a critical medical device used to treat people with COVID-19. Ford will initially send a team of engineers to help boost production at Airon’s Florida facility, where it produces just three of its Airon Model A ventilators per day. Ford will also begin to ready its own Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti...
Tags: TC, Florida, Washington, Tech, Automotive, United States, Ford, Gm, Nyt, Electricity, Michigan, Fda, Medical Device, General Electric, Henry Ford, United Auto Workers


The Station: Bird and Lime layoffs, pivots in a COVID-19 era and a $2.2 trillion deal

Hello folks, welcome back (or hi for the first time) to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to the all the ways people and packages move around this world. I’m your host, Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. I also have started to publish a shorter version of the newsletter on TechCrunch . That’s what you’re reading now. For the whole enchilada — which comes out every Saturday — you can subscribe to the newsletter by heading over here, and clicking “The Stat...
Tags: Food, Travis Vanderzanden, Europe, New York, Australia, Washington, China, New York City, Tech, Austin, Munich, Automotive, House Of Representatives, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Tencent


Detroit Auto Show canceled in preparation for FEMA to turn venue into field hospital

The North American International Auto Show, which was scheduled for June in Detroit, has been canceled as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and the city prepares to repurpose the TCF Center into a temporary field hospital. NAIAS is held each year in the TCF Center, formerly known as the Cobo Center. Organizers said they expected the Federal Emergency Management Agency to designate the TCF Center as a field hospital. “Although we are disappointed, there is nothing more important to us ...
Tags: Europe, China, Tech, Automotive, United States, Fema, Michigan, Detroit, Detroit Auto Show, North American International Auto Show, Naias, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Alberts, Charity Preview, Rod Alberts, COVID-19


Trump orders GM to start ventilator production for COVID-19 amid contract dispute

President Donald Trump signed Friday a presidential directive ordering GM to produce ventilators and to prioritize federal contracts, just hours after the automaker announced plans to manufacture the critical medical equipment needed for patients suffering from COVID-19, disease caused by coronavirus. The order, made under the Defense Production Act, marks a sudden reversal by Trump, who has touted the efforts by GM and other manufacturers to try and ramp up production of ventilators and and per...
Tags: TC, White House, Tech, General Motors, Indiana, Automotive, New York Times, Fema, Mary Barra, Gm, Ohio, Fda, Donald Trump, Trump, Peter Navarro, Federal Emergency Management Agency


TuSimple partners with supplier ZF to mass produce self-driving truck tech

Self-driving truck startup TuSimple is partnering with automotive supplier ZF to develop and produce autonomous vehicle technology, such as sensors, on a commercial scale. The partnership, slated to begin in April, will cover China, Europe and North America. The two companies will co-develop sensors needed in autonomous vehicle technology such as cameras, lidar, radar and a central compute. As part of the partnership, ZF will contribute engineering support to validate and integrate TuSimple’s...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Texas, China, Tech, UPS, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Arizona, Automotive Industry, Self-driving Cars, North America, Trucking, Emerging-technologies, TUCSON Ariz


Major automakers Toyota, Honda, FCA extend factory closures

Toyota, Honda and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will not reopen North American factories at the end of the month as planned, as the COVID-19 disease spreads and dampens demand for new cars, trucks and SUVs. FCA said Thursday that plants across the U.S. and Canada, as well as headquarters operations and construction projects, are intended to remain closed until April 14, dependent upon the various states’ stay-in-place orders and the readiness of each facility to return to production. FCA’s Mop...
Tags: TC, Europe, Texas, Mexico, Kentucky, China, Alabama, Tech, Indiana, Canada, Automotive, United States, Missouri, Ford, Tennessee, Fca


Tesla email reveals two employees have tested positive for COVID-19

Two Tesla employees, who had been working at home for nearly two weeks, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an internal email sent Thursday morning by the company’s head of environmental, health, and safety department and viewed by TechCrunch . The employees were not symptomatic in the office, and both are quarantined at home and recovering well, according to the email from Tesla’s EHS department head Laurie Shelby. Their co-workers, who were already working from home for nearly...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, New York, Email, California, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Supply Chains, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Transport, Buffalo


Tesla CEO Elon Musk: New York gigafactory will reopen for ventilator production

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday that the company’s factory in Buffalo, New York will open “as soon as humanly possible” to produce ventilators that are in short supply due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. His comments, which were made Wednesday via Twitter, follows previous statements by the CEO outlining plans to either donate ventilators or work to increase production of the critical piece of medical equipment needed for patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19, a respirator...
Tags: Health, Transportation, Elon Musk, New York, California, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Ford, United Kingdom, Fca, Gm, Nyt, Buffalo


Helm.ai raises $13M on its unsupervised learning approach to driverless car AI

Four years ago, mathematician Vlad Voroninski saw an opportunity to remove some of the bottlenecks in the development of autonomous vehicle technology thanks to breakthroughs in deep learning. Now, Helm.ai, the startup he co-founded in 2016 with Tudor Achim, is coming out of stealth with an announcement that it has raised $13 million in a seed round that includes investment from A.Capital Ventures, Amplo, Binnacle Partners, Sound Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and SV Angel. More than a doze...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Automation, Quora, Nba, Private Equity, Simulation, Uc-berkeley, Robinhood


Volvo’s Polestar begins production of the all-electric Polestar 2 in China

Polestar has started production of its all-electric Polestar 2 vehicle at a plant in China amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended the automotive industry and triggered a wave of factory closures throughout the world. The start of Polestar 2 production is a milestone for Volvo Car Group’s standalone electric performance brand  — and not just because it began in the midst of global upheaval caused by COVID-19, a disease that stems from the coronavirus. It’s also the first all-electric car ...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play Store, TC, Europe, China, Cars, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Smartphones, Automotive, Ford, Shanghai, Gm


Ford won’t restart North American plants March 30

Ford said Tuesday won’t restart its factories in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on Monday, March 30 as the automaker had originally planned. The company, which suspended production at its North American factories due to the continued spread of COVID-19, has decided not to restart operations in light of various governments’ orders to stay and work from home, Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of North America said in a statement. “We are assessing various options and working with union leaders – in...
Tags: Transportation, Mexico, Germany, Tech, Companies, Cologne, Canada, Automotive, United States, Ford, President, Fca, Transport, Gm, Automotive Industry, North America


Ford won’t restart North American plants on March 30

Ford said Tuesday it won’t restart its factories in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on Monday, March 30 as the automaker had originally planned. The company, which suspended production at its North American factories due to the continued spread of COVID-19, has decided not to restart operations in light of various governments’ orders to stay and work from home, Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of North America said in a statement. “We are assessing various options and working with union leaders –...
Tags: Transportation, Mexico, Germany, Tech, Cologne, Canada, Automotive, United States, Ford, Fca, Transport, Gm, Automotive Industry, North America, Fiat Chrysler, Craiova


Ford, 3M, GE and the UAW to build respirators, ventilators and faceshields for coronavirus fight

Ford announced the details of its current manufacturing efforts around building much-needed medical supplies for front-line healthcare workers and COVID-19 patients on Tuesday. Its efforts include building Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) with partner 3M, including a new design that employs existing parts from both partners to deliver effectiveness and highly-scalable production capacity. Ford says that it’s also going to be building face shields, leaning on its 3D printing capabilities...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, UK, Hardware, Ge, China, Spokesperson, Tesla, Companies, Automotive, United States, Ford, United Kingdom, President, Michigan


Ford, GM, Tesla given the ‘go ahead’ to produce ventilators, Trump says

Ford, GM and Tesla have been given the “go ahead” to make ventilators to help alleviate a shortage amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump said in a tweet Sunday that ended with a challenge to auto executives to show how good their companies are. Ventilators are a critical piece of medical equipment for patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by coronavirus. COVID-19 attacks the lungs and can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia....
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Spokesperson, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Ford, United Kingdom, President, Gm, Disease, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, Hyperloop


GM and Ventec Life Systems partner to ramp up production of ventilators

GM said Friday that it is working with Ventec Life Systems to help increase production of respiratory care products such as ventilators that are needed by a growing number of hospitals as the COVID-19 pandemics spreads throughout the U.S. The partnership is part of StopTheSpread.org, a coordinated effort of private companies to respond to COVId-19, a disease caused by coronavirus. Ventec will use GM’s logistics, purchasing and manufacturing expertise to build more ventilators. The companies did ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Spacex, Elon Musk, White House, New York City, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Ford, Mary Barra, Gm, Corporate Governance, Disease, Bill De Blasio, Volkswagen


Tesla partner Panasonic is shutting down its operations at Nevada gigafactory

Panasonic is pulling its 3,500 employees from the massive Nevada factory it operates with partner Tesla over concerns about the spread of COVID-19. The company said Friday it will ramp down operations early next week and then close for 14 days. The move only affects Panasonic employees. Tesla also employs thousands of workers at the so-called Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, Nevada. Tesla could not be reached for comment. Gigafactory 1, which broke ground in June 2014, is a critical ingredient i...
Tags: TC, Tech, Spokesperson, Tesla, Companies, Automotive, Panasonic, Nevada, Home Appliances, Gigafactory, Powerwall, Fremont Calif, Industries, Sparks Nevada, Sparks Nevada Tesla, Panasonic Tesla


Rivian shuts down all facilities over COVID-19 pandemic concerns

Rivian, the buzzy electric vehicle startup that is backed by Amazon and Ford, is shutting down all of its facilities due to the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. Rivian employs more than 2,000 workers across several locations, including its headquarters in Plymouth, Mich., a factory in Normal, Ill. as well as operations in San Jose and Irvine, Calif., where engineers are working on autonomous vehicle technology. Rivian also has an office in the U.K. The company said Fr...
Tags: Health, Amazon, TC, Europe, New York, California, China, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, United Kingdom, Fca, San Jose, Michigan


Former Google Engineer Anthony Levandowski Escapes 32 of 33 Charges in Waymo Theft Plea Deal

Anthony Levandowski, the ex-Google autonomous vehicle engineer slapped with 33 charges of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets last year, has struck a deal with Uncle Sam to plead guilty and escape with just one guilty plea, per the Wall Street Journal.Read more...
Tags: Google, Uber, Science, Technology, Crime, Cars, Automotive, Courts, Autonomous Vehicles, Autonomous Cars, Automobiles, Self Driving Cars, Uncle Sam, Waymo, Anthony Levandowski, Waymo Theft Plea Deal


SpaceX and Tesla are ‘working on’ ventilators, Elon Musk says

Elon Musk tweeted Friday that Tesla and SpaceX employees are “working on ventilators” even though he doesn’t believe they will be needed. His confirmation on Twitter that both of the companies he leads are working on ventilators comes a day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio  made a direct plea to Musk to help alleviate a shortage at hospitals gearing up to combat COVID-19. Yes, we’re working on ventilators, even though I think they probably won’t be needed — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March...
Tags: Health, Spacex, Elon Musk, White House, New York City, Tech, Tesla, Thailand, Automotive, Ford, Shanghai, Bill De Blasio, Fda, Volkswagen, Buffalo, De Blasio


Waymo suspends all self-driving services in light of coronavirus pandemic

Waymo has extended the partial suspension of its autonomous vehicle service pilots to include fully driverless vehicle testing, the company confirmed on Friday. While Alphabet-owned Waymo had already stopped operation of the autonomous driving vehicles in its fleet that have safety drivers on board, in the interest of minimizing the potential spread of coronavirus, it was still going to go ahead with rides in its fully driverless test vehicles. These fully driverless vehicles are used in its ...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Uber, Technology, Tech, X, Automotive, United States, Transport, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Emerging-technologies, Phoenix, Waymo, Argo AI


Tesla to temporarily shut down Fremont factory

Tesla will suspend production at its Fremont, Calif., factory beginning March 23, days after a shelter in-place order went into effect in Alameda County due to the COVID-19 pandemic and sparked a public tussle between the automaker and local officials over what was consider an “essential” business. Tesla will also suspend operations at its factory in Buffalo, New York except for “those parts and supplies necessary for service, infrastructure and critical supply chains,” the company said in...
Tags: TC, New York, California, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Supply Chains, Customers, Automotive, Shanghai, Nevada, Buffalo, Federal Government, Tesla Model S, Charging Stations, Buffalo New York


Tesla Told Employees to Show Up for Work on Wednesday Despite Shelter-in-Place Order

Electric car company Tesla asked employees to show up to work on Wednesday despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including at its sprawling Fremont, California, production facility, according to emails obtained by CNBC.Read more...
Tags: Health, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Tesla, Automotive, Outbreak, Automobiles, Electric, Cnbc, Fremont California, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Social Distancing, Shelter At Work