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May 22, 2019

IN THE NEWS: RIDE-HAILING VEHICLES - RECALLS

NEW YORK (AP) — If you summon a ride from a company like Uber or Lyft, how do you know the car that comes for you is up to date when it comes to vehicle recalls? Consumer Reports is out with a piece that indicates some of those who drive for a living don’t keep up with such things. It says one in six Uber and Lyft drivers in the New York City and Seattle areas are tooling around in vehicles with outstanding recalls. The problem isn’t only with those driving for app-based ride services. Consumer Reports says nearly a quarter of traditional for-hire vehicles in New York also have outstanding recalls. Uber says it deactivates drivers who have vehicles with outstanding recalls. And Lyft says cars in New York and Seattle are inspected before they hit the road.

IN THE NEWS: SELF-DRIVING TRUCKS - U.S.P.S.

PHOENIX (AP) — The United States Postal Service is taking a close look at whether self-driving trucks could be the answer to the problem of how to get mail from one point to another. It has signed up with a company called TuSimple to test autonomous technology trucks for use on the long-haul route between Phoenix and Dallas. The testing began this week. TuSimple says a safety engineer and a driver will be on board each self-driving truck during the two-week trial. The trucks use a camera system that let the vehicles “see” about 3,280 feet ahead.

ON THE WEB: TESLA PRICE CUT

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Tesla has launched a sale on the prices of its two most expensive models. The company has cut $3,000 from the price of its Model S sedan and shaved $2,000 from the Model X SUV. While that is good news for those looking for a better deal, it may not be good news for the company’s future. Tesla’s resorting to running sales has raised concerns about fading interest in its cars _ and whether the company can generate enough cash to pay all its bills.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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