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Inside Automotive (Jun 13th, 2019)

1. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the automaker could eventually build other factories in China. Musk said the country’s vast geography could be behind the increased production facilities, as it may help reduce logistics costs. The automaker is currently building a Gigafactory in Shanghai, which will produce vehicles for the nation locally, as China is Tesla’s second largest market after the US. By producing vehicles in China, Musk says it will help increase the speed of deliveries, while also helping the company improve capital efficiencies. — BLOOMBERG

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2. San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will not issue any new permits to shared bike companies as it deals with a legal complaint from Lyft. Lyft had requested a restraining order to prevent SFMTA from allowing new competitors into San Francisco, based on its argument that the agency signed an exclusivity deal with Lyft on bike-sharing. But the SFMTA agreed in a stipulation to not grant any permits until five days after the judge issues an order in the case, which may come as soon as July 11. Lyft has rebranded Ford GoBike in San Francisco to Bay Wheels, launching new electric bikes. — SF EXAMINER

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3. Throwback Thursday: Sidecar 

At the advent of ride-hailing, Sidecar competed side-by-side with Uber and Lyft for dominance. Founded in 2011 by Sunil Paul, Jahan Khanna and Adrian Fortino, the company had some prominent investors including Google Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Sir Richard Branson, among others. 

Initially, Sidecar had some interesting features unique to the service. For instance, riders could select their driver and car they wanted to be transported in and schedule their ride in advance. Drivers could set their own rates and have back-to-back rides, which was a feature last copied by Uber and Lyft. 

Ultimately, Sidecar could not compete with the aggressive driver recruitment tactics of Uber and Lyft, writes John Ince from the Rideshare Guy. Sidecar’s app was also not as easy to use as Uber’s, which made the process of obtaining a ride too difficult. 

You can read more about why Sidecar failed in this article

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4. Ford-backed Argo AI is expanding tests of Ford’s new, third-generation self-driving vehicle, adding tests in the city of Detroit. The vehicles are already deployed in a handful of cities, including Pittsburgh, Washington DC and Dearborn, Michigan, among others. The new vehicle features an upgraded sensor suite, higher resolution cameras and a revamped computing system, with redundant braking and steering systems. — THE VERGE

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5. Tesla is reportedly looking for a new Gigafactory location in Europe. At the moment, all Tesla vehicles sold in Europe are built at the automaker’s California-based Gigafactory. — EV SPECIFICATIONS 

6. A software provider that works with car dealerships, DealerBuilt, reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over a 2016 customer data breach that allowed a hacker to access personal information of about 12.5 million customers. — AUTO NEWS

7. Nissan has hired David Woodhouse, a design executive who recently departed Ford. Woodhouse will become vice president of Nissan Design America, leading Nissan and Infiniti’s design activities in North America. — AUTO NEWS

8. A 25-year-old man died in Paris after being hit by a van while riding a shared electric scooter. This is the first deadly collision between a scooter and a vehicle since the scooters appeared in the city. — REUTERS

9. The head of Uber’s self-driving car unit, Eric Meyhofer, said Uber’s self-driving vehicles are “bullied” by pedestrians and human drivers, saying they are testing the boundaries of what they can do to the vehicles. — BUSINESS INSIDER

10. Australia’s Car Advice reports that Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vehicles are sold out for up to four months, despite only going on sale about a month ago and a significant price hike. — CAR ADVICE

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This newsletter was written and curated by Johan Moreno. Johan is based out of Los Angeles, CA and has covered technology and automotive extensively for a variety of publications, including Forbes and The Orange County Register. Follow him on Twitter @dudejohan

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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