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Inside Automotive (Apr 18th, 2018)

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1. Tesla will begin operating its assembly plant 24/7. In an email, Tesla CEO Elon Musk outlined a number of changes to the company’s much-anticipated Model 3 sedan, which has experienced numerous production delays.  The effort is to ramp up production of its Model 3 to 6,000 units per week by June, as the automaker tries to reach its goal of profitability by the end of the year. Tesla aims to add 400 people per week for several weeks. Musk confirmed that Model 3 production has been temporarily halted in order to prepare for the changes.He will also personally approve or deny any large expenses. — JALOPNIK

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2. San Francisco has passed an ordinance that would regulate electric scooter sharing services. Scooters, from startups like Bird, Spin and Lime, need a permit to be parked on a sidewalk, under a law unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The ordinance would allow the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to create regulations for the scooters. On Monday, San Francisco Attorney General Dennis Herrera sent cease-and-desist orders to Bird, Spin and Lime to remove their scooters from San Francisco streets. It is unclear what regulations MTA will impose on scooter sharing startups or if the number of scooters in the city will be limited. — SF CHRONICLE 

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3. Connecticut has launched a self-driving car pilot program. The initiative was created last year with the goal of bringing the state to the forefront of autonomous vehicle development. About four towns and cities in the state will be selected to participate in the program, which will allow manufacturers to test their vehicles on state roadways. Several municipalities in the state have expressed interest, but each local government would have to flesh out a plan that includes a testing location, goals for the program, a public education strategy and whether any participating companies have been contacted. These companies would still be required to have a backup safety driver in the vehicle. — HARTFORD COURANT

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4. Volkswagen has plans to change its logo. The new logo will be unveiled next year and will be revealed in time for VW’s aggressive rollout of electric vehicles. The company seeks to refresh its image after a series of scandals, including “Dieselgate.” Volkswagen’s emblem has only been changed modestly since the automaker’s resurrection after World War II. It was last revamped in 2012 to have a more three-dimensional look. The company will also invest more in digital and social media to prospect new clients with electric vehicles as it makes a $25 billion push into electric cars. — BLOOMBERG

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5. Former Uber engineer Susan Fowler will announce California legislation aimed at ending forced arbitration for workplace abuses. Fowler, along with California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, the California Labor Federation and the Economic Policy Institute, will announce AB-3080, which will forbid employers from forcing employers or job candidates into arbitration for sexual harassment and employment discrimination complaints. Forced arbitration typically involves settling disputes behind closed doors, which commonly keeps the outcome of cases secret as a condition of the settlement. Arbitration usually includes a clause that also prohibits employees from partaking in a class-action lawsuit. Fowler is known for her role influencing changes in how tech companies treat instances of sexual harassment and misconduct. — GIZMODO

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6. Lyft riders tipped more in 2017 on average than the previous year. According to the company, Lyft drivers have earned more than $500 million in tips to date, since the feature was introduced. On average, tips have increased nearly 8 percent in 2017 than 2016. Uber introduced the tipping feature last June and as of August of last year hit $100 million in tips. Lyft says median earnings are $29.47 per hour nationwide. — TECHCRUNCH

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