Author: Kirsten Korosec

Feds crack down on Tesla Autopilot safety cheat device

The federal government is stepping in to end the use of an aftermarket product designed to let Tesla owners skirt a safety feature from the electric automaker’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a cease and desist letter Tuesday to a California company known as Dolder, Falco and Reese Partners LLC that is selling the Autopilot Buddy product. The Autopilot Buddy product, which is marketed with the catchy slogan “Tesla Autopilot nag reduction device,” is a magnetic piece of plastic that disables the feature in Tesla vehicles that monitors the driver’s hands on the...

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Here’s Ford’s plan for Detroit

Ford will spend the next four years transforming at least 1.2 million square feet of space in Corktown—Detroit’s oldest neighborhood—into a hub for its electric and autonomous vehicles businesses. But the automaker’s ultimate aim goes beyond just building a new campus. The goal is to create a “mobility corridor,”—Ford’s version of its own Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley—that ties hubs of research, testing, and development in the academic hub of Ann Arbor to Ford’s Dearborn headquarters, and finally to Detroit. Ford, which is celebrating its 115th anniversary this week, announced plans to house 2,500 Ford employees, most from its emerging mobility...

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