Auto Sector

Tesla Motors Inc’s Model S P85D and BMW i3 Now Part of LAPD Car Fleet

Tesla Motors Inc’s Model S P85D and BMW i3 Now Part of LAPD Car Fleet

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recently revealed that it has added Tesla Motors Inc’s Model S P85D and Bayerische Motoren Werke AG i3 to its police car fleet. Both the vehicles will very soon be tested, LAPD said.

It has been said that the two luxurious cars have been loaned to the police department, and were unveiled as part of the city’s new plan. Los Angeles hopes that it will have nearly 300 new electric and hybrid vehicles in the fleet soon.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, while speaking about the plan, said that the Los Angeles police, fire, and four other departments will lease 160 electric vehicles.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and General Services Department will also lease 128 hybrid vehicles. The new additions will replace the old vehicles, he said.

UAW Chooses Fiat Chrysler as Its Target to Set Pattern for a Contract Deal

UAW Chooses Fiat Chrysler as Its Target to Set Pattern for a Contract Deal

The United Auto Workers (UAW) has planned to accelerate its bargaining efforts with Fiat Chrysler Automobile NV to form a template for new labor contract. The UAW disclosed its decision on Sunday.

The decision of choosing Fiat Chrysler’s FCA US unit as the target company for shaping the new contract was disclosed by the union on Sunday. The decision has kick-started the intense negotiation period which is expected to focus on a two-tier wage system that has financially benefitted auto makers but ranked workers.

The current contract of UAW with Fiat Chrysler, General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. expires on Monday. The labor talks between the union and Detroit's auto makers routinely extend beyond that deadline.

Google names John Krafcik as first CEO of its autonomous car project

Google names John Krafcik as first CEO of its autonomous car project

It seems that Google will speed up its autonomous car project as it made an announcement on Sunday that auto-world veteran John Krafcik will be first CEO of their project. Prior to the new post, Krafcik has been serving as a president of consumer-focused pricing site TrueCar. Earlier, he was CEO of Hyundai's US operations.

Later this month, he will start working at the company. According to him, "This technology can save thousands of lives, give millions of people greater mobility, and free us from a lot of the things we find frustrating about driving today. I can't wait to get started".

Lyft, First National Bank warned by FCC over inappropriate robo-call practices

Lyft, First National Bank warned by FCC over inappropriate robo-call practices

Lyft Inc. along with parent company of First National Bank have been cited by the Federal Communications Commission for their policies on marketing messages and calls. The companies force customers for using their services through such policies.

According to reports, both companies have been warned by the commission that their policies breach the Telephone Consumer Protection Act as they do not let users avoid autodialed messages, which are used for marketing.

The FCC has issued just a warning to the companies and said it could start imposing fines if the two don’t change their policies. A first warning is issued to companies, not holding licenses with the FCC.

Court rules out in favor of Uber drivers to take legal action to determine their status

Court rules out in favor of Uber drivers to take legal action to determine their

A big win for Uber drivers in California, as a judge has allowed them to take legal action to find out whether they are contractors or employees. Three Uber drivers have filed case against Uber stating that they were employees of the company.

Lonnie Giamela, a labor lawyer in Los Angeles, said, “Today's ruling sets the stage for a trial and a legal battle that will have dramatic implications for Uber's business model as well as more generally how independent contractors are viewed under California law”.

US District Court Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco made the decision. In the case, many plaintiffs said that they were employees of the company, but due to expenses and tips they have been shortchanged.

Toyota plans to buy 13 million air-bag inflators from Kayaku Co

Toyota plans to buy 13 million air-bag inflators from Kayaku Co

Toyota Motor Corp’s newest effort to reduce its risk from potentially lethal air-bag inflators supplied by Takata Corp involves purchase of millions of them from smaller parts maker Kayaku Co.

The Japanese car maker talked to the second-tier supplier to boost production in a bid to supply more than 13 million inflators from next July until 2020. The move is a pragmatic approach, prompting more than 10 automakers to issue a recall of tens of millions of vehicles since 2008 to replace Takta air bags.

Eight deaths are believed to have resulted from Takata air-bag inflators and more than 100 injuries after exploding with excessive force, spraying shrapnel inside vehicles.

More extroverted variant to join the Rocket coupe

More extroverted variant to join the Rocket coupe

The gorgeous Galpin-Fisker Rocket was seen first at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show. Fisker has again made headlines about a new version of the Mustang coupe at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It’s a swanky speedster version of the striking Mustang coupe.

The new Galpin-Fisker Rocket Speedster’s bones have a resemblance to a 2015 Ford Mustang. A four-seater convertible has a specially-crafted carbon fiber rear tonneau cover to convert it into a lithe two-seat roadster.

Henrik Fisker is famous for designing the Aston Martin DB9, Vantage V8, and the BMW Z8. Fisker decided to move to the new 2015 Ford Mustang and gave it a wide-body stance with coach-built quality and appearance.

Apple Working To Build Self-Driving Car

Apple Working To Build Self-Driving Car

The Guardian has learned that Apple is building a self-driving car in Silicon Valley. The multinational technology giant is looking for some secure locations in the San Francisco bay area to test the car.

In May, engineers from Apple’s secretive Special Project team met with officials from GoMentum Station, a 2,100-acre former naval base near San Francisco that is being turned into a high-security testing ground for autonomous vehicles.

In correspondence obtained by the Guardian under a public records act request, Apple engineer Frank Fearon wrote, “We would ... like to get an understanding of timing and availability for the space, and how we would need to coordinate around other parties who would be using [it].”

Massachusetts examines Uber and Lyft over disability access

Massachusetts examines Uber and Lyft over disability access

It has been reported that an examination has been launched by the Massachusetts attorney general’s office into catering of Uber and Lyft to people having disabilities. It could lead to more regulatory issues for the ride-hailing companies.

Both the companies have been accused of refusing service to the disabled people. The Massachusetts investigation could be for the first time, when a state attorney general is looking into the matter.

Contract Talks begin between GM and UAW

Contract Talks begin between GM and UAW

The four-year contract between the UAW and US automakers will end at midnight on September 14. Concerns have been raised over automakers increasing their investments in Mexico to take advantage of lower labor markets and Mexico's free trade deals with many other countries.

UAW President Dennis Williams refused to comment on the Ford's move, but said that it becomes a reason to worry for him whenever any corporation starts investing outside the US.

Contract talks between UAW delegates and US automakers set to open this month

Contract talks between UAW delegates and US automakers set to open this month

The US automakers will talk to United Auto Workers (UAW) delegates this month over contract issues. There are concerns among some workers at Lordstown and 11 other General Motors assembly plants scattered across the US over their jobs moving to south.

A $350 million investment plan in a Mexican factory was previously announced by GM to build the Chevrolet Cruze compact car. The plant for building the car for all of North America is currently located in Lordstown, east of Cleveland.

Hundreds of United Auto Workers delegates also gathered in March to devise ways to go ahead with contract talks with the US automakers.

Nick Waun, a worker at an SUV plant outside Lansing, Mich., said the partnership with the union will be ruined by moving a lot of stuff to Mexico.

Toyota executive arrested in Japan will be released

Toyota executive arrested in Japan will be released

According to Japan's Kyodo News, it is expected that the American Toyota executive who was taken into custody last month after alleged drug law violation will be released on Tuesday. The source of this information has not been identified by Kyoto.

Tokyo prosecutors also did not comment in the matter and Toyota Motor Corp. said that it was not having any information.

On June 18, Julie Hamp, who was the highest ranking woman executive at the Japanese automaker, was taken into custody on suspicion of importing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer, into Japan. This drug is strictly controlled in the country.

Tesla Motors beats Car-Sales Forecast for Q2

Tesla Motors beats Car-Sales Forecast for Q2

Tesla Motors has reported that it has beaten its car-sales prediction for the second consecutive quarter. The electric car-maker has witnessed a 52% rise in the second quarter of the year.

The shares of the company increased 4% amounting to $280.02. This year, Tesla has jumped 26%. In the second quarter, the company has sold 11,507 Model S sedans. In May, the company has predicted that it would be able to sell 10,000 to 11,000 of the cars, its only model, in the second quarter.

It is said that the output as well as deliveries will increase once the Model X sport utility vehicle will be introduced this quarter. Dan Dolev, a Jefferies LLC analyst, said that there are many expectations from the Model X and the company has to fulfill those expectations.

Strong Sales in First Six Months increase manufacturers’ confidence to have even Better Finish to Year

Strong Sales in First Six Months increase manufacturers’ confidence to have even

Things have been going smooth when it comes to auto industry. On Wednesday, automakers posted good US vehicle sales for June. They have even predicted that things will further improve as the year approaches its end.

Experts have affirmed that there are a number of factors driving up the sales of vehicles. To cite an example, low gasoline prices and interest rates have been boosting sales of sport utility vehicles.

“Auto sales continue to push higher and are slated to have one of the strongest years ever. Demand for SUVs and trucks continue to drive the market, which resulted in several top automakers posting higher sales”, said Mark Williams, an analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Ford Invites its Customers to Rent their Vehicles

Ford to invite its customers to rent their vehicles

A total of 14,000 people in the US who made use of Ford Credit to purchase their cars will be invited for the pilot program. Ford Motor Credit will be collaborating with two car-sharing companies, Getaround in the US and easyCar Club in London.

As per Ford, over the next five years, it is looking forward to increase research on advanced safety technology, together with automatic braking for its vehicle range. According to the company, “As most vehicles are parked and out of use much of the time, this can help us gauge our customers’ desires to pick up extra cash and keep their vehicles in use”.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Flips Its Preference to Ford

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Flips Its Preference to Ford

According to the experts at Goldman Sachs, it is high time to put brakes on General Motors and rev up the engines at Ford.

Goldman, in a research note on Tuesday after the close in New York said that Ford will benefit in this year’s second half from the redesigned F-150 pickups. The company is also showing improvement in China.

GM’s incentives on light trucks are climbing because of competition, and the Detroit-based company may miss its forecasts in China as that market weakens, according to the note.

It has been said that Goldman analysts Patrick Archambault and David Tamberrino raised Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford to buy from neutral and increased its 12-month price target for the shares to $19 from $18.

Ford Invites its Customers to Rent their Vehicles

Ford Invites its Customers to Rent their Vehicles

It is known that Ford’s main business is to sell cars, but it also operates a number of other services. Its app-based GoDrive service already allows Brits to rent a car on a pay-as-you-go basis. Now, the company is asking its US and UK customers to rent their own vehicles out to other people and offset the money against their car payments.

The company is inviting approximately 12,000 Londoners and a further 14,000 US customers from Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Portland, Chicago and Washington D.C. to join its new scheme.

In the United Kingdom, the company has joined hands with easyCar Club, a sister company of budget airline easyJet, to provide on-demand cars for younger drivers.

Jaguar Land Rover researches on NASA tech to monitor brain waves of Drivers

Jaguar Land Rover researches on NASA tech to monitor brain waves of Drivers

According to UK car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover, it is working on to find how the steering wheel and the car seat could be used to detect fickle levels of driver concentration in addition to their heart rate and breathing.

According to the company, sensors in the steering wheel could be employed for measuring a driver's brainwaves. It is known that human brains have a tendency to generate four or more distinct brainwaves at different frequencies. An on-board computer can assess if a driver is focused, sleepy, daydreaming, or distracted by detecting which type of brainwave is dominant.

Lyft to Pay $300,000 to Settle San-Francisco Case

Lyft to Pay $300,000 to Settle San-Francisco Case

Lyft, the San-Francisco based transportation network company, will be paying $300,000 to settle allegations that it violated state laws.

The state’s attorney general's office sued Lyft last summer for operating in the state without requiring its drivers to have commercial licenses or proper insurance.

As part of the settlement, Lyft has agreed to follow vehicle-for-hire laws in the state, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office said Thursday.

The company said in a statement that its drivers are ordinary people who agree to a background check and use their personal cars to pick up Lyft customers.

According to the state’s rule, Lyft cannot start providing services in that manner since the state requires the drivers to have a commercial license and insurance.

Porsche once again emerges as the best for Quality

Porsche once again emerges as the best for Quality

Porsche has once again turned to be the top brand for quality in the 2015 survey involving more than 84,000 car buyers. The survey was conducted in February and March by the J. D. Power consulting firm.

Kia and Jaguar were in second and third place respectively while Kia's sister brand Hyundai was at fourth. Infiniti rounded out the top five finishers in the survey.

The worst-performing brands were Fiat, Smart, Chrysler, Subaru and Jeep. According to John Humphreys, senior vice president of JD Power, the Korean brands have been improving quality for years. They are bringing consumers into the process as they design cars, especially with electronics.




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