The stage has been set for a battle between the forces of labor and the tech titans. In July, the powerful Teamsters union successfully pushed Congress to slow legislation for states looking to broaden the use of autonomous vehicles. After arm-twisting by the union, the US House of Representatives energy and commerce committee exempted vehicles over 10,000lb from new rules meant to speed the development of autonomous cars. Many truckers came into the industry after being displaced by automation in other industries, and the transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, has said she is “very concerned” about the impact of self-driving cars on US jobs. … [Read more...] about End of the road: will automation put an end to the American trucker?
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Ouster makes spinning lidar that looks a lot like Velodyne's high-end sensors. But inside, Ouster uses solid-state chip technology to pack all of its lasers—16 to 128 of them, depending on the product—on a single chip. Ouster's sensors are much simpler than Velodyne's classic design, which involved packaging together 16 to 128 individual lasers and 16 to 128 individual sensors. … [Read more...] about Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business
NEW DELHI: Next week the 2018 Paris Motor Show will begin at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. Along with the auto shows in Geneva and Frankfurt, it’s among the largest car events in Europe. And yet, the splashiest thing about it may be that there won’t be much automotive energy behind it.“It seems that there are more brands that are skipping than that are attending,” says Rebecca Lindland, the executive analyst at Kelley Blue Book. “No VW? No FCA? No Nissan? No Mini? The list goes on! Really, it seems that the Paris Motor Show is suffering from the effects of trend shifting as much as the traditional auto sector is.” Brands that want to show off en vogue electric vehicles and self-driving technology are often now looking outside the traditional car show circuit to hawk their wares.Even resurrected and freshly minted luxury brands such as Lagonda, Aston Martin’s new electric marque, and Polestar, Volvo’s just-launched luxury subsidiary, … [Read more...] about Team Germany (Audi, BMW, Mercedes) to Dominate Paris Motor Show
One of the oldest ventures in the car rental business, KTC India is 75-years-old and was set up in pre-independence Karachi. Owned by Delhi-based Gurudev Ahluwalia, whose father bought the business in 1943 and moved it to Delhi after independence, even the stalwarts of India’s political landscaped leased cars from KTC during the time the Constitution was being written, to travel from their homes to the Parliament. Since then, the company has rented cars out to global politicians and heads of state on a visit to India, down to the recent US President Donald Trump’s visit to India. … [Read more...] about Don’t have enough dosh to spend on a Prada gown, Gucci bag or a Rolls Royce? Just rent it!