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Inside Automotive (May 10th, 2018)

Here are the top ten Automotive stories of the day, ranked by importance. We always love to hear from readers, and if you have details or stories we don't know about or other information, hit reply and tell us. Thanks for reading!

Best, Johan, curator, Inside Automotive.

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1. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says the company will resume its self-driving tests. At the company’s aviation industry summit, he said, “It’ll be within the next few months, I don’t know. And the time will be right when the time is right because we are doing a top-to-bottom safety review both internally and with independent folks to take a look at our culture, practices, etc., so when we get back on the road we know we’re getting back on the road in as safe and responsible a way as possible.” This comes after a fatal self-driving crash paused all self-driving tests. Khosrowshahi also said that when the company resumes self-driving tests, the focus will be on safety and not necessarily getting first to market. — RECODE

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2. Analysts believe that Waymo will capture 60 percent of the self-driving car market by 2030. Investment bank UBS estimates $2.8 trillion in revenue in the self-driving market by that year, with Alphabet’s self-driving unit as the global leader. Analysts go as far as saying that Waymo will have a level of dominance that will force many automakers to adopt its technology or become obsolete. However, a handful of automakers, including GM and Daimler, will be able to operate their own systems and compete with Waymo, the group predicts. By 2030, UBS predicts 12 percent of all cars sold that year will be for driverless vehicle fleets. As a result, private car sales will fall by 5 percent. — FT

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3. Ohio has approved tests of autonomous cars on public roads. Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order that would make Ohio the fourth state in the U.S. to allow self-driving cars, alongside Michigan, Pittsburgh, Arizona and California. Technology and automotive companies that would like to conduct tests would have to agree to several conditions, including registering with Drive Ohio, having a licensed employee behind the wheel and reporting all accidents. — REUTERS

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4. Lyft and Postmates are facing lawsuits in California over its model of hiring contractors. This week, both companies were hit with separate lawsuits accusing the companies of misclassifying workers as contractors in order to save money. Although the basis of the lawsuits is not new idea, as both companies have settled earlier cases regarding the issue, the new lawsuits cover more recent time periods. This is also significant as the California Supreme Court recently made a ruling that would make it more difficult for employers to classify workers as independent contractors. — REUTERS

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5. Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi chairman Carlos Ghosn believes a 186 mile EV range is enough to satisfy most consumers. "We have seen that consumers do not talk anymore about range or autonomy as long as you guarantee more than 300km [186 miles],” he told reporters in Hong Kong last month. Ghosn did say that the focus should switch from extending battery range to making EVs more affordable. He said that despite government subsidies, electric cars are too expensive for most consumers. — GREEN CAR REPORTS

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6. Another Tesla crash is being probed by the National Transportation Safety Board. Two high school students in Fort Lauderdale, Florida were killed after a crash this week, going off the roadway and hitting a concrete wall while driving a 2014 Model S. A third passenger was ejected from the vehicle and transported to a local hospital. Speed, not the car’s Autopilot system, is considered the main culprit in the accident. The investigation will be centered around the fire that erupted after the sedan hit the wall. — USA TODAY

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7. Tesla and Panasonic may potentially partner on a third Gigafactory in China. This comes as the Chinese government has promised to loosen restrictions on foreign EV makers, which leaves the door open for Tesla to expand operations in China. During Panasonic CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga said, “As already reported, Tesla could in the future launch full-fledged production in China – and we could produce jointly.” — ELECTREK

8. Lyft is refreshing its look. The ride-hailing company has created a signature icons and expanded its color palette—adding “a dynamic secondary palette.” — ADWEEK 

9. YouTuber Rich Rebuilds published a video detailing Tesla’s process with salvage vehicles. He says Tesla will disable access to Superchargers and void the warranty on vehicles that are in operation after being salvaged. — YOUTUBE

10. A Chrome extension will replace every mention of the words “Elon Musk” with “Grimes’s Boyfriend.”THE VERGE 

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