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‘Tis the season to pause and take stock. Have you been nice to the cars in your life? The automotive suppliers? The Uber drivers? How about the family? If you’ve got some making up to do, Jack Stewart has you covered, with seven last-minute gift ideas for the auto lover in your life.
Speaking of folks who probably owe some sorrys: Uber capped off its year of suck with the release of a potentially key piece of evidence 在与 Waymo 的持续诉讼中。前安全雇员的来信不仅指控超级雇员合谋窃取商业机密。它还指责该公司的贿赂, 间谍和黑客竞争对手。我已经 得到了破旧.
- You may have to wait four years to buy the VW Buzz, the electric update of the microbus that gives even those who weren’t around in the ‘60s an acute case of hippie nostalgia. But it’s never too soon to direct the public’s mind away from dieselgate. Jack checked out the Buzz, plus the Crozz (a crossover, due 2020) and the ID (a hatchback, due 2019), and they indeed made him smile.
- Another vehicle made Eric Adams happy this week: the new Jeep Wrangler, which is only the fourth redesign in the car’s history. Eric reports the entire thing has been engineered for adventure, from its pop-on, pop-off windshield, to its big, glove-friendly buttons and knobs, to its six-speed manual transmission.
- If you know someone who adores cars as much as those gents, consider the picks on Jack’s gift guide. A Porsche shelf? A phone charger that looks awfully like the kind that charges your Tesla? How about an AI-powered Hot Wheels?
- Federal investigators have opened at least five—five!—inquiries into Uber’s business this year, and a new bit of evidence in the ride hailing company’s trade secrets dispute with Waymo may have implications for all of them.证据是一位前雇员的律师写的一封信, 指控超级雇员提出了协议, 以保护来自监管者和律师的文件, 窃取商业机密, 贿赂公职人员, 并使用欺骗性做法来盗取数据竞争对手的乘客和司机。哦, 然后张贴在墙上的 [编辑] 庆祝。被卷入这场闹剧 这里.
TransitCenter, 一个位于纽约的研究和宣传组织, 与交通风味的电影制片人 StreetFilms, 密切关注交通堵塞的美国城市, 并想出了一些解决办法: 拥堵定价, new for-hire vehicle regulations; and smarter approaches to deliveries.
News from elsewhere on the internet.
- The European Court of Justice rules Uber is a cab company, not a technology platform. Uber says the ruling won’t change the way it operates in Europe, but commentators believe the ruling could change the way regulators treat gig economy workers throughout the continent.
- The California Department of Motor Vehicles posted its record of a crash between a self-driving GM Cruise and a motorcyclist, Cruise’s 14th incident during a busy fall testing season in San Francisco. The motorcyclist was unhurt.
- Waymo hooks up with California company Trov to insure future self-driving car passengers and their stuff. Meanwhile, state regulators are still figuring out how to settle autonomous vehicle insurance—particularly for those involved in crashes while outside the cars.
- Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said some seemingly disparaging things about public transit. Now, public transit strikes back. Planner Jarrett Walker writes in CityLab about what Musk doesn’t understand about cities and transportation. Musk has promised a response. I am tired.
- Nice news for electric vehicle stans: The tax bill does not strip away subsidies for EV buyers. Killing the subsidies would not have destroyed the industry, but it could have set back the American market back.
- Last roundup, we brought you news of electric carmaker Faraday Future’s impending demise. But it’s not so! Company co-founder Jia Yueting has taken the reins as CEO, and raised an estimated $1 billion to boot.
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