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VW Challenges Rivals With $66 Billion Splurge for Electric Era

VW assembly Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News

Volkswagen AG will ramp up spending on electric vehicles and automated driving by 36% as the world’s largest automaker challenges rivals to keep pace with an aggressive shift into the post-combustion era.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
November 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Ford Puts Iconic Mustang Name on First Electric Crossover

Ford Mustang logo Ford Mustang logo by Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News

Ford Motor Co., which pioneered the racy pony-car body style 55 years ago, will use the Mustang name and insignia on an electric crossover utility vehicle coming next year.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
November 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

German Industrial Job Losses Top 80,000 With Daimler Cuts

Mercedes van Mercedes-Benz Vision van by Virginia Mayo/AP

Daimler AG said this week it will shed 10% of management positions at its Mercedes unit, lifting the tally of job cuts announced this year across Germany’s manufacturing sector to more than 80,000.

Richard Weiss | Bloomberg News
November 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

Consumer Reports Finds Vehicle Redesigns Come With Glitches

2019 Mazda CX-5 at the New York Auto Show The 2019 Mazda CX-5 at the New York Auto Show on April 17, 2019. Consumer Reports found Mazda to be one of the most reliable brands. (Mark Lennihan/Associated Press)

DETROIT — When it comes to buying a new car, the latest and greatest may not be the most dependable.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
November 14, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Daimler’s New CEO Ola Kallenius Warns Shift to Electric Cars Will Be Painful

Daimler Kallenius speaks during the Mobility Conference on day two of the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, earlier this year. (Alex Kraus/Bloomberg News)

Daimler AG’s new CEO warned there will be no quick fix for the automaker’s struggles to adapt to an era of self-driving, electric cars.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
November 14, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Boeing Scuttles Use of Robots for Fuselage Work on 777, 777X Jetliners

Boeing Boeing employees perform quality checks. (Alex FLynn/Bloomberg News)

Score one for the humans. After four years of trial and error, Boeing Co. is dumping one of its most ambitious forays into automation: the robots that build two main fuselage sections for its 777 jetliners and an upgraded version known as 777X.

November 14, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Tesla to Build Factory in Germany After Subsidies Announced

Elon Musk Elon Musk by Jae C. Hong/AP

BERLIN — Germany on Nov. 13 hailed Tesla’s decision to build its first European factory in the country, days after the government said it would boost subsidies for buyers of electric cars.

November 13, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

As L.A. Ports Automate, Some Workers Are Cheering On Robots

A Maersk ship unloads containers at the Port of Lost Angeles

The arrival of robots at the Port of Los Angeles is exposing a stark economic divide between two sets of Southern California workers.

Margot Roosevelt | Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Pizza Delivery in Snow No Problem With Yandex Delivery Robot

Uber Eats sign Yandex's robot will deliver meals ordered via Yandex Eats, a food-delivery app, part of a joint venture with Uber Technologies. (Lee Jin-man/Associated Press)

Yandex NV, Russia’s largest internet company, is rolling out a suitcase-sized robot that will attempt to deliver take-out despite Moscow’s winter snowstorms.

Ilya Khrennikov | Bloomberg News
November 7, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

VW Considers Sharing Autonomous-Car Tech to Defray Development Costs

Workers at a Volkswagen plant Workers on the production line at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Mark Elias/Bloomberg News)

Volkswagen AG is open to sharing future autonomous-vehicle systems with other manufacturers as it races to catch up with the likes of Waymo LLC in cost-intensive technologies that could transform the way people and goods move, according to an executive at the German automaker.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
November 6, 2019