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Sony venture arm invests in geocoding startup what3words

Sony’s venture capital arm has invested in what3words, the startup that has divided the entire world into 57 trillion 3-by-3 meter squares and assigned a three-word address to each one. Financial details were not disclosed. The startup’s novel addressing system isn’t the whole story. The ability to integrate what3words into voice assistants is what has piqued the interest and investment from Sony and others. “what3words have solved the considerable problem of entering a precise location into...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Transport, Sony, Automotive Industry, Mercedes Benz, Daimler, TomTom, Cabify, Sony Corporation, What3words, Toshimoto Mitomo


Climate change threat to Germans’ need for speed on Autobahn

Draft environmental measures include proposal that would impose motorway speed limitThe days of unlimited speeding on Germany’s famously fast autobahns could be over if the government adopts draft proposals on climate protection put forward by its committee on the future of transport.Charged with devising recommendations on reducing the environmental harm caused by transport, the committee also proposed fuel tax hikes and electric vehicle quotas to help Germany finally meet European Union emissi...
Tags: Europe, Business, Germany, European Union, World news, Automotive Industry, Road Safety


Climate rules could put brakes on Germany's no-limit autobahns

Draft environmental measures include proposal that would impose motorway speed limitThe days of unlimited speeding on Germany’s famously fast autobahns could be over if the government adopts draft proposals on climate protection put forward by its committee on the future of transport.Charged with devising recommendations on reducing the environmental harm caused by transport, the committee also proposed fuel tax hikes and electric vehicle quotas to help Germany finally meet European Union emissi...
Tags: Europe, Business, Germany, European Union, World news, Automotive Industry, Road Safety


Tesla to cut more than 3,000 jobs because cars 'still too expensive'

Elon Musk says he has no choice but to reduce electric car manufacturer’s headcount Tesla is cutting more than 3,000 jobs, or 7% of its workforce, after experiencing a year its founder, Elon Musk, said was both its most challenging and most successful.The chief executive of the electric car manufacturer told staff on Friday that “the road ahead is very difficult” because its products were not yet affordable for most people and it was up against a big incumbent industry. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Elon Musk, Tesla, US news, Automotive Industry, Electric, Hybrid And Low-emission Cars


Tesla to recall 14,000 Model S cars in China over faulty Takata airbags

China’s top market regulator said on Friday that Tesla will recall a total of 14,123 imported Model S vehicles in the country over potentially deadly airbags. The recall is part of an industry-wide crackdown on Takata-made front passenger airbags, which involves roughly 37 million vehicles including more mainstream brands such as Toyota and Ford, as noted by the United States Department of Transportation. These defective airbags use a propellant that might rupture the airbag and cause serious in...
Tags: Asia, China, Cars, US, Tech, Tesla, Model, Palo Alto, Beijing, Automotive, United States, Airbags, Ford, Shanghai, Transport, Automotive Industry


Automakers Understandably Freaking Out Over ‘No Deal’ Brexit

With Britain’s parliament rejecting Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest Brexit deal, European automakers stand to face some strong headwinds in the near future. As of now, no clear path lies ahead. Many believe the European Union will continue playing hardball, punishing Britain for leaving. But, even if it doesn’t, loads of regulatory and trade issues must […] The post Automakers Understandably Freaking Out Over ‘No Deal’ Brexit appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Government, Supply Chains, Eu, European Union, Foreign Affairs, Britain, Theresa May, Editorials, United Kingdom, Tariffs, Trade, Autos, Automotive Industry, Brexit, Great Britain


Tesla is entering the Model 3 into Pwn2Own, one of the world’s toughest hacking contests

Tesla is handing over its new Model 3 sedan to Pwn2Own this year, the first time a car has been included in the annual high-profile hacking contest. The prize for the winning security researcher: a Model 3. Pwn2Own, which is in its 12th year and run by Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative, is known as one of the industry’s toughest hacking contests. ZDI has awarded more than $4 million over the lifetime of the program. Pwn2Own’s spring vulnerability research competition, Pwn2Own Vancouver, will ...
Tags: Security, Tech, Tesla, Cryptography, Automotive, Automotive Industry, Vancouver, Cloning, Trend Micro, Apple Google Microsoft, Pwn2own


Ford is making a hybrid Explorer SUV

Ford is adding a hybrid Explorer to the mix, the first time the popular SUV has been offered with any kind of electrification. The automaker unveiled Monday the Explorer hybrid as well as a new Explorer ST at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The reveal followed the debut last week of the 2020 Explorer, a re-crafted model that has a new platform and is loaded with technology. The final assembly for the entire Explorer lineup will be at the Ford Chicago Assembly plant. The...
Tags: TC, Cars, Tech, Engineer, Automotive, United States, Ford, Transport, Ohio, Automotive Industry, Engines, Detroit, Lima, North American International Auto Show, Explorer, Hybrid Vehicle


Germany's Christian Democrat leader slams anti-diesel 'crusades'

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer also calls for CDU to reexamine handling of 2015 refugee crisisAngela Merkel’s replacement as leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats has criticised the country’s leading environmental organisations for leading “crusades” against diesel cars as she attempts to put distance between herself and her predecessor.In addition to her comments on diesel, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer this weekend called for the CDU to reexamine its handling of the 2015 refugee crisis, Merkel’s mo...
Tags: Europe, Business, Technology, Germany, Angela Merkel, World news, Merkel, Automotive Industry, Cdu, Christian Democrats, Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer


Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn suffering 'draconian' treatment in jail, wife says

Carole Ghosn says he’s being interrogated for hours each day to extract a confession The wife of the former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has urged human rights campaigners to highlight Japanese prosecutors’ “draconian” treatment of her husband during his prolonged detention on charges of financial misconduct.In a nine-page letter to the Japan office of Human Rights Watch, Carole Ghosn alleged that prosecutors have subjected her husband to hours of daily interrogation in order to extract a confes...
Tags: Business, Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Automotive Industry, Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, Carole Ghosn


Unifor Planning to Protest General Motors at Detroit Auto Show, UAW Boycotts Blazer

Things are starting to get truly ugly between Canada’s Unifor and General Motors. On Friday, the union held a rally in Windsor, Ontario, with that automaker’s headquarters just a river away. During the event, Unifor President Jerry Dias expressed his annoyance with the automaker’s restructuring plan and promised to bring the noise to GM’s front […] The post Unifor Planning to Protest General Motors at Detroit Auto Show, UAW Boycotts Blazer appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, General Motors, Canada, Employees, Protests, Gm, Lawsuits, Autos, Automotive Industry, Detroit Auto Show, North American International Auto Show, Naias, Boycotts, Unifor, UAW, WINDSOR Ontario


GM is transforming Cadillac into an electric brand

General Motors is turning Cadillac into its lead electric vehicle brand in a bid to compete against Tesla as well as a host of other automakers bringing EVs onto the market. Plans are already underway to introduce the first model from the company’s new battery electric vehicle architecture, GM said Friday during an investor meeting. GM said this new BEV architecture will be the foundation for an advanced family of “profitable EVs,” a  word choice  likely meant to express the automaker’s convi...
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Carlos Ghosn indicted on fresh financial misconduct charges in Japan

Former Nissan head says he is innocent, meaning he could remain in detention until trial beginsCarlos Ghosn could remain in detention for several months after prosecutors indicted him on two new charges of financial misconduct, days after the former Nissan chairman insisted he had been wrongly accused.Ghosn was charged with aggravated breach of trust and for understating his compensation by 4.3 billion yen for three years through March 2018, the Nikkei business daily said. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Japan, Asia Pacific, Automotive Industry, Nissan, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn


Renault finds no illegal payments to Carlos Ghosn in past two years

Investigation will now examine payments made to former Nissan chairman before 2017Renault has said it has so far found no evidence of illegal or fraudulent payments to Carlos Ghosn, despite the chief executive of the French carmaker remaining under arrest in Japan.Ghosn was by Japanese authorities over allegations he under-reported income from Nissan, the carmaker he formerly led alongside Renault. He remains in the custody of Japanese authorities in Tokyo. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Tokyo, Automotive Industry, Nissan, Renault, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn


Jaguar Land Rover may cut up to 5,000 jobs

Carmaker to unveil savings plan amid falling sales, Brexit and the VW diesel scandalJaguar Land Rover is due to give a business update on Thursday that is predicted to include the loss of up to 5,000 jobs.The luxury carmaker employs 44,000 workers in the UK at sites in Halewood on Merseyside and Solihull, Castle Bromwich and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, UK, UK News, Vw, Job losses, Jaguar Land Rover, Automotive Industry, Merseyside, Wolverhampton, Brexit, West Midlands Continue, Solihull Castle Bromwich


Chinese car sales fall for first time in more than 20 years

Trade war with US is handbrake on growth in world’s second biggest economySales of cars in China have dropped for the first time in almost 30 years, a sign of the importance of ending the country’s trade dispute with the US as the world economy begins to falter.As the US and China appeared to be edging closer to ending the trade dispute between them on Wednesday, the figures illustrate how the bitter standoff, as well as sluggish local demand, have acted as a handbrake on growth in the world’s s...
Tags: Business, China, US, International Trade, Economics, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Global Economy, Automotive Industry


The 2019 Mercedes CLA gets a major tech upgrade to make it the “ultimate wearable”

Mercedes-Benz has often reserved its best tech for its highest class models — the S Class being the first vehicle to get the latest and greatest. Now Mercedes is bringing more of tech, namely its new MBUX infotainment system, to other vehicles in its portfolio. Enter the new CLA Class. Mercedes-Benz unveiled Monday the new CLA at CES 2019 — a slightly bigger, sleeker, sportier and techier car than its predecessor in a direct appeal to a younger American customer. The exterior of the new CLA hasn...
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'I always acted with integrity', Carlos Ghosn tells court in first public appearance

More than 1,000 people queue up at Tokyo court for chance to see former chairman respond to financial misconduct claimsCarlos Ghosn has proclaimed his innocence in his first public appearance since the former Nissan chairman was arrested in November for alleged financial misconduct.Dressed in a dark suit, but without a tie, Ghosn, who appeared to have lost weight during his 50 days in detention, told the Tokyo district court in a special hearing on Tuesday that he had been “wrongly accused” of u...
Tags: Business, Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Tokyo, Automotive Industry, Nissan, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn


Byton has added yet another screen to its upcoming all-electric M-Byte SUV

Byton, the China-based electric car startup that made its debut at CES last year, is back to show what the finalized interior of its upcoming M-Byte SUV will look like. The giant 48-inch wraparound digital dashboard screen that received so much attention is staying. And so is the touchscreen drive tablet located at the center of the steering wheel — although its size and design has changed. No, Byton didn’t remove anything. It’s adding more. Byton is adding an 8-inch touch pad between the driver...
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UAW Sues General Motors Over Temporary Workforce

Last week a lawsuit was filed with the U.S. District Court in Youngstown claiming that General Motors is in violation of a “memorandum of understanding” with the United Automobile Workers by allowing temporary employees to support the launch of some new product from Fort Wayne Assembly Plant. The facility, which is responsible for manufacturing the […] The post UAW Sues General Motors Over Temporary Workforce appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, General Motors, Employees, Gm, Lawsuits, Autos, Automotive Industry, U S District Court, UAW, Youngstown, News Blog, Union News, United Automobile Workers, Auto Workers, Fort Wayne Assembly Plant, Hot Legal Action


Could Norway’s EV Adoption Signal Our Own Electric Future?

Perhaps — but Norway treats EV owners like royalty. Battery electric vehicles are not subject to most of that country’s automotive taxes, are subsidized via credits, and are frequently offered free parking and charging points as a way to further encourage drivers to get away from gasoline and diesel. Norway is also working aggressively toward banning […] The post Could Norway’s EV Adoption Signal Our Own Electric Future? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Industry, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Automotive Industry, Norway, EVs, PHEVs, Electric Cars, News Blog, ZEVs, Automotive Trends, Plug-in Vehicles, Electric Adoption


Carlos Ghosn: Japanese court detains ex-Nissan chief for 10 more days

The former car company boss hoped to be released but faces more questions over financial misconduct allegationsCarlos Ghosn will remain in detention for another 10 days after a Japanese court approved a prosecutors’ request to continue questioning the former Nissan chairman over allegations of financial misconduct and breach of trust.Ghosn, who has been held at a Tokyo detention centre for more than six weeks, is accused of underreporting his salary by tens of millions of dollars and of transfer...
Tags: Business, Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Tokyo, Automotive Industry, Nissan, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn


Practice Makes Perfect

A year or so ago I was at a wedding, and a very successful doctor started talking to me. I was very impressed with this doctor and already knew of him through several people before our meeting. He was involved in some fascinating and cutting-edge research I found quite interesting. I love meeting people who are passionate about their careers because they give off so much energy. People who achieve amazing and significant success in any profession always have a lot of passion for what they do. If...
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Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn re-arrested in Japan

Media says Ghosn was re-arrested on suspicion of aggravated breach of trust and could face further period of detentionProsecutors in Japan have re-arrested Carlos Ghosn, according to Japanese media, possibly ending any hopes the former Nissan chairman had of being released from detention this week.Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said Ghosn, who was first arrested last month for alleged financial misconduct, was re-arrested Friday morning on suspicion of aggravated breach of trust, and could face ...
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Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn re-arrested in Japan – reports

Media says Ghosn was re-arrested on suspicion of aggravated breach of trust and could face further period of detentionProsecutors in Japan have re-arrested Carlos Ghosn, according to Japanese media, possibly ending any hopes the former Nissan chairman had of being released from detention this week.Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said Ghosn, who was first arrested last month for alleged financial misconduct, was re-arrested Friday morning on suspicion of aggravated breach of trust, and could face ...
Tags: Business, Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Automotive Industry, Nissan, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn, NHK


An inside look at Rivian’s EV ambitions from AI batteries to electric jet skis

For a CEO who insists his electric vehicle startup doesn’t want to be Tesla, Rivian founder RJ Scaringe can sound a lot like Elon Musk. Just weeks before unveiling Rivian’s first vehicles — an all-electric pickup and a seven-seater SUV — at the LA Auto Show last month, Scaringe promised an impressive new battery technology and speculated about an electric jet-ski. He’s made other bold claims à la Musk, including that his company had developed an artificial intelligence charging system that “allo...
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Why American Muscle Might Outlive the Standard Sedan

Domestic sedans are currently being walked up to the edge of a mass grave. Beneath them rests their two-doored brethren and the first wave of four-doors previously executed by the Big Three. Ford has promised a lineup comprised almost entirely of pickups and utility vehicles in the coming years and General Motors is in the […] The post Why American Muscle Might Outlive the Standard Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, General Motors, Muscle cars, Fca, Autos, Automotive Industry, Dodge, Auto Sales, Consumer Trends, Sedans, News Blog, Product Planning, Fiat. Chrysler, Standard Sedan, Big Three Ford


Why American Muscle Might Outlive the Standard American Sedan

Domestic sedans are currently being walked up to the edge of a mass grave. Beneath them rests their two-doored brethren and the first wave of four-doors previously executed by the Big Three. Ford has promised a lineup comprised almost entirely of pickups and utility vehicles in the coming years and General Motors is in the […] The post Why American Muscle Might Outlive the Standard American Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, General Motors, Muscle cars, Fca, Autos, Automotive Industry, Dodge, Auto Sales, Consumer Trends, Sedans, News Blog, Product Planning, Fiat. Chrysler, Big Three Ford, Standard American Sedan


Carlos Ghosn: Japanese court rejects request to extend detention

Prosecutor wanted to keep former Nissan chairman in custody for a further 10 daysCarlos Ghosn may not have to spend Christmas alone in a cell after a Japanese court unexpectedly turned down a prosecutors’ request to extend his period of detention over financial misconduct allegations.The Tokyo district court said it had rejected the request to keep the former Nissan chairman in custody for a further 10 days – an unusual move that came amid international criticism of the power of Japanese investi...
Tags: Business, Japan, Asia Pacific, Tokyo, Automotive Industry, Nissan, Renault, Carlos Ghosn


China Readies Rigid Auto Investment Rules for 2019

Despite spending a fortune supporting burgeoning automotive manufacturers and opening its door to foreign enterprises, China’s state planner has approved strict new regulations on investments within the industry. Following a handful of draft proposals earlier this year, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced it will ban new independent businesses that make only traditional combustion engines […] The post China Readies Rigid Auto Investment Rules for 2019 appeared fir...
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