Tom Krisher

Business, Technology, Autonomous

Jim Farley Becomes New Ford CEO, Pledges Stronger Profit Margins

Jim Farley, new Ford CEO, speaks during the New York International Auto Show in March 2018. Jim Farley, new Ford CEO, speaks during the New York International Auto Show in March 2018. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)

On his first day in Ford’s top job, CEO Jim Farley is replacing the company’s chief financial officer and announcing other structural and management changes.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
October 1, 2020
Government, Business

Fiat Chrysler Calls GM’s Bribery Allegations ‘Preposterous’

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles logo. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

Allegations by General Motors that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles bribed union officials are “preposterous” and read like a script from a “third-rate spy movie,” FCA lawyers wrote in court documents filed Aug. 10.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
August 10, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

AAA: Partially Automated Driving Systems Don’t Always Work

An Argo AI test vehicle navigates Pittsburgh streets in 2018. A test vehicle from Argo AI, Ford's autonomous unit, navigates Pittsburgh streets in 2018. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)

Two tests by AAA during the past two years show that partially automated driving systems don’t always function properly, so the auto club is recommending that car companies limit their use.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
August 6, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety

Ford Recalls About 2.5 Million Vehicles for Latch, Brake Troubles

The Ford company logo stands over a row of vehicles in a Colorado dealership. The Ford company logo stands over a row of vehicles in a Colorado dealership. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Ford is recalling about 2.5 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because of a nagging door latch problem and a brake fluid leak.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
June 11, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Study: Autonomous Vehicles Won’t Make Roads Completely Safe

An Audi AI:ME self-driving concept vehicle is displayed at the CES tech show in Las Vegas in January. An Audi AI:ME self-driving concept vehicle is displayed at the CES tech show in Las Vegas in January. (John Locher/Associated Press)

A new study says that while autonomous vehicle technology has great promise to reduce crashes, it may not be able to prevent all mishaps caused by human error.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
June 4, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Autoworkers’ Tenuous Return a Ray of Hope in Jobs Crisis

Ford line workers put together ventilators that the automaker is assembling at the Ford Rawsonville plant in Michigan on May 13. Ford line workers put together ventilators that the automaker is assembling at the Ford Rawsonville plant in Michigan on May 13. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

Defying a wave of layoffs that has sent the U.S. job market into its worst catastrophe on record, at least one major industry is making a comeback: Tens of thousands of autoworkers are returning to factories that have been shuttered since mid-March due to fears of spreading the coronavirus.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
May 15, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

NHTSA Opts Not to Recall Takata Air Bag Inflators

NHTSA opted not to recall Takata air bag inflators. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

The U.S. government’s highway safety agency will not force automakers to recall millions of newer Takata air bag inflators, citing industry research that shows the devices are safe.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
May 7, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla Rolls Out Feature Designed to Detect Stop Signs, Traffic Lights

Tesla's logo on a charging station in Port Huron, Mich., on March 18. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

After testing on public roads, Tesla is rolling out a new feature of its partially automated driving system designed to spot stop signs and traffic signals.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
April 27, 2020
Government, Business

Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Toyota Seek to Restart Factories

An employee works inside a Toyota manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky., in August 2019. An employee works inside a Toyota manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky., in August 2019. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota took steps March 26 to restart North American factories that have been closed to protect workers from the coronavirus.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 26, 2020
Government, Business

Factories Pivot to Fight Coronavirus, but Challenges Abound

Robots weld a vehicle at the GM Orion Assembly plant in Michigan in May 2011. Robots weld a vehicle at the GM Orion Assembly plant in Michigan in May 2011. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

Factories across industries are trying to answer the call of duty amid a pandemic that has so far claimed more than 15,000 lives and sickened 350,000 people globally.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 23, 2020

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