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Dec 19, 2014
Dec 19, 2014

Exclusive: GM develops contingency plans in case Takata recalls widen

By Ben Klayman

DETROIT(Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has developed contingency plans in case recalls of potentially lethal Takata-made air bag inflators widens, forcing the U.S. automaker to repair millions of vehicles, the company said on Friday.

More than 21 million vehicles have been recalled globally by numerous automakers since 2008 because of defective Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) inflators that could rupture and shoot metal shards into the vehicle and have been linked to at least five deaths.

Dec 19, 2014

GM develops contingency plans in case Takata recalls widen

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co has developed
contingency plans in case recalls of potentially lethal
Takata-made air bag inflators widens, forcing the U.S. automaker
to repair millions of vehicles, the company said on Friday.

More than 21 million vehicles have been recalled globally by
numerous automakers since 2008 because of defective Takata Corp
inflators that could rupture and shoot metal shards
into the vehicle and have been linked to at least five deaths.

Dec 19, 2014

Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android – sources

SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) – Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones.

The move is a major step up from Google’s current Android Auto software, which comes with the latest version of its smartphone operating system and requires a phone to be plugged into a compatible car with a built-in screen to access streaming music, maps and other apps.

Dec 18, 2014

Exclusive: Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android – sources

SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) – Google Inc (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones.

The move is a major step up from Google’s current Android Auto software, which comes with the latest version of its smartphone operating system and requires a phone to be plugged into a compatible car with a built-in screen to access streaming music, maps and other apps. The first such vehicles will debut in 2015.

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UAW chief backs labor board decisions on email, organizing votes

DETROIT (Reuters) – The president of the United Auto Workers union on Monday called the National Labor Relations Board’s recent decisions to allow employees to use company email to organize and unions to hold faster elections to represent workers “the right thing to do.”

“It made all the sense in the world,” Dennis Williams told reporters at the union’s headquarters in Detroit. “Whether or not it will stand depends on who wins the next elections, who’s going to be the next president, who’s going to (control) Congress.”

Dec 11, 2014

Ford reboots touch-screen system with new Sync 3

DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) hopes to get a fresh start and erase bad memories for some owners when it launches the new version of its in-car, interactive touch-screen system next fall.

Ford said Sync 3 will be more intuitive, sport improved voice-recognition software and operate more like a smartphone than the first two generations, the last of which prompted customer complaints in Consumer Reports magazine for being distracting, clumsy and overly complex.

    • About Ben

      "Ben Klayman is based in Detroit and in April was named leader of the global automotive team for Reuters. Previously, Ben covered the business of sports as well as consumer and retail for three years and led the manufacturing/housing team for four years. He also covered the telecommunications sector for three years. He joined Reuters in Detroit in 1998 to cover autos. Prior to joining Reuters, he worked at a series of daily newspapers in Ohio and Maryland. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English literature."
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      1998
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