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- Toyota announces plans for an air taxi serviceThe automaker will partner with Joby Aviation to develop an all-electric aircraft By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs January 17, 2020 Toyota is looking skyward, announcing a collaboration with Joby Aviation (Joby), an aerospace company that is developing and commercializing all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The two companies hope that by working together, they can meet the potential of the air taxi market -- something that is in its infancy today but is expected to explore in the near future. Air transportation has been a long-term goal for Toyota, and while we continue our work in the automobile business, this agreement sets our sights to the sky, said Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda. Toyota will be the lead investor in Jobys $590 million start-up, putting it in a ground floor position should Joby emerge as a leader in the air taxi industry. Besides the financial investment, Toyota… ..... Read More.2 days ago
- Tesla faces investigation over 100+ claims of ‘sudden unintended acceleration’Are automakers making driver assist features too easy to game? Some say yes By Gary Guthrie of ConsumerAffairs January 17, 2020 After stern warnings from Congress, 127 consumer complaints, 110 crashes, 52 injuries, and sitting on a petition to act for nearly a month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finally decided to take a look at reported issues that Tesla automobiles have an inherent defect that causes sudden unintended acceleration. The Tesla models that are allegedly affected are the 2012-2019 Tesla Model S vehicles, 2016-2019 Tesla Model X vehicles, and 2018-2019 Tesla Model 3 vehicles (yes, the same Model 3 the NHTSA lauded with a 5-star safety rating). All told, the investigation covers nearly a half-million vehicles. Tricking the autopilot Are driver replacement technologies being masked as driver assistance features? More than 200 cars from 33 mainstream brands have whats termed as driver assistance features. For example,… ..... Read More.2 days ago
- Whooping cough could be evolving into a superbugResearchers say the bacteria is only getting smarter over time By Kristen Dalli of ConsumerAffairs January 17, 2020 Whooping cough has been a cause for concern for consumers for some time, but researchers from the University of New South Wales say it may be evolving into a superbug. The team says its important for consumers to be aware of the risks. Study findings suggest that whooping cough bacteria have grown and evolved beyond the protection of the vaccine and are now capable of staying alive and infecting both those who have been vaccinated and those who have not. We found that the whooping cough strains were evolving to improve their survival, regardless of whether a person was vaccinated or not, by producing more nutrient-binding and transport proteins, and fewer immunogenic proteins which are not targeted by the vaccine, said researcher Dr. Laurence Luu. This allows whooping cough bacteria to more… ..... Read More.2 days ago
- Hurricane Dorian’s Bahamas Storm Toll: $3.4 Billion in Damages, 3 Years of RebuildingThe Bahamas may need to tap international debt markets as it confronts the steep cost of recovering from the most destructive hurricane ever to hit the islands. The government will probably borrow about $500 million in coming months as it … ..... Read More.2 days ago
- California Lawmaker Wants Probe of PG&E’s Chief RegulatorA state lawmaker is demanding an extensive review of the California Public Utilities Commission to determine whether regulators’ lax oversight enabled neglect at Pacific Gas & Electric that triggered catastrophic wildfires, a messy bankruptcy and exasperating blackouts. The request by … ..... Read More.2 days ago
- California Sleep Apnea Company Pays $37.5M to Settle Kickback LawsuitsResMed, a San Diego, Calif.-based company that sells sleep apnea machines, will pay $37.5 million to settle allegations that it provided kickbacks to obtain customer referrals, federal prosecutors announced this week. The settlement covers five whistleblower lawsuits filed on behalf … ..... Read More.2 days ago
- Forex Firm Travelex Resumes Customer-Facing Operations After Ransomware AttackMore than two weeks after a crippling ransomware attack forced Travelex staff to use pen and paper to calculate foreign currency exchanges, the company said the first of its customer-facing systems in Britain was up and running again. The cyber … ..... Read More.2 days ago