Hyundai Stops Operations of 4 Plants in China Due to Supply Problems

Korea News Gazette

August 31, 2017

Hyundai Motor Co., South Koreas largest carmaker by sales, said Tuesday its four plants in China have stopped operations as a local supplier refused to provide products due to delayed payments.


Beijing Hyundai Motor Co., a joint venture set up between Hyundai Motor and BAIC Motor Corp. in 2002, began to gradually stop the assembly lines at its four plantsone in Hangzhou and three in Beijingfrom the middle of last week due to the lack of parts, a company spokesman said over the phone.


A local parts supplier refused to provide a plastic fuel tank to Beijing Hyundai as the carmaker failed to make payments for the parts the supplier already delivered to the plants, he said.


This year, Hyundai Motor has suffered sharp declines in China sales due to diplomatic rows between Seoul and Beijing over the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in South Korea.


The four plants have a combined production capacity of 1.35 million vehicles. Lower demand in China remains the biggest worry for Hyundai as China is the Korean carmakers biggest automobile market.


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Uber Ends Its Controversial Post-Ride Tracking of Users’ Location

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August 31, 2017

The practice caused immediate privacy concerns when the ride-hailing company added it in November. Users will regain the option to choose to share location data with the app only when using it.


Uber says it has ended its tracking of users after they complete their ridesa practice that caused immediate concern when the company added it in November.


A spokeswoman for Uber tells NPR that users will now have the option to share their location with the company only while using the app. That setting had been available before Novembers change.


Ubers latest update allows the ride-hailing app to track user location data even when the application is running in the background, NPRs Laura Roman reported at the time. Previously, Uber only collected data from the user if the rider had the application open. Now, if a rider calls for an Uber and closes the app, Uber says it will continue to collect location data up until five minutes after the ride ends. That means Uber can see where you end up after you leave the car.


Uber chief security officer Joe Sullivan told Reuters the privacy change was unrelated to the companys naming its new CEO earlier this week.


Weve been building through the turmoil and challenges because we already had our mandate, Sullivan told the news service.


After Uber changed the privacy options in November, users were forced into all-or-nothing location permissions: If a user did not permit the app to always track their locations, they were forced to select neverwhich meant having to type out ones current location every time one hailed a ride. (A minor bummer, but still inconvenient, given the handy geolocation sensors baked into smartphones.)


Allowing Uber to always track ones location didnt seem great either, given that this was the same company that announced in 2012 it had scoured user data and calculated the prevalence of one-night stands.


Why exactly did Uber need to know where riders went after they got out of the car? Uber said it used the data to to improve pickups, drop-offs, customer service, and to enhance safety.


Privacy concerns about Uber have been a constant, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint against the company in June 2015.


It turns out that Uber was tracking users in other ways as well, using a technique known as fingerprinting. The New York Times reported in April that the company was secretly identifying and tagging iPhones even after its app had been deleted and the devices erased, in violation of Apples privacy guidelines.


Two weeks ago, Uber entered into a consent agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to settle FTC charges that the company deceived consumers by failing to monitor employee access to consumer personal information and by failing to reasonably secure sensitive consumer data stored in the cloud.


Under the agreement, Uber is required to implement a comprehensive privacy program that addresses privacy risks related to its products and services. Its also barred from misrepresenting how it monitors internal access to customers personal information, or how it protects and secures that data. And its privacy program must be audited by a third partyevery two years for the next 20 years.


Post-trip location collection is already disabled for iPhones and Android, Uber says, and the new privacy settings will appear on iPhones over the next few weeks.


Were working through the mechanics for Android now, Melanie Ensign of Ubers Security and Privacy Communications wrote in an email to NPR, but were committed to parity for transparency, privacy & choice across both platforms.


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Domino’s Uses Autonomous Ford Fusions to Deliver Pizzas

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August 30, 2017

Ford has created an entirely new type of autonomous vehicle testing program, by announcing it will use its autonomous vehicle fleet to deliver Dominos pizzas this September.


I mean, look, to me anything that holds pizza takes any automobile kind ofto kind of the next level, Dominos U.S. president Russell Weiner told TODAY. For instance, how will customers react to coming outside to get their food? Or do we need to park in their driveway? In this case, were still trying to understand, and were working with partners who understand the consumer and figuring out what we need to do to the vehicle in parallel as were developing the tech. The two companies said Tuesday they established the partnership to study customer reaction to receiving pizzas by a self-driven vehicle. Otto, a startup backed by Uber, delivered 50,000 cans of Budweiser beer from a self-driving truck in Colorado last fall.


Dominos and Ford have worked together on a number of projects in the past, including in building a way to order pizzas via Fords in-car SYNC software and apps platform.


Ford has been considering autonomous vehicles for years, even making a move in 2016 to purchase a $75 million autonomous technology firm out on Silicon Valley.


The trials will select random customers who opt in for the trial and cars will have a Ford safety engineer and researcher on-board for deliveries. Dominos has teamed up with the automaker to test peoples response to an autonomous delivery vehicle.


Screens and speakers on the cars exterior will give users information on how to retrieve their delivery. Thats a big challengegetting (the pizza) from the curb to the door, admitted Dominos spokeswoman Jenny Fouracre.


IBDS TAKE: Dominos has been a delivery and mobile ordering leader for years, fueling earnings and stock gains.


Customers must punch a code into a keypad on the delivery vehicle to get their order from the heated storage area on the vehicle.


Other unique delivery methods being tested by Dominos include a system of drones that would deliver pizzas to customers within a one-mile radius of Dominos locations in certain German and Dutch cities.


We believe self-driving technology can play a significant role in helping grow the market for restaurant delivery, serving as one way that well build demand and scale for our autonomous vehicle business, in addition to people movement such as ride hailing.


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Volkswagen Recalls 281,000 Cars for Fuel Pump Failures

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August 30, 2017

German automaker Volkswagen announced on Tuesday that it will recall nearly 281,000 vehicles in the United States due to fuel pump failures that could cause the cars to stall.


The recall covers certain four-cylinder 2009-2016 Volkswagen CC, 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat and Passat Wagon models, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents.


The fuel pump failures are caused by an interruption in the electrical power supply to the fuel pump control modules that cause the engines to stall. In addition, the fuel pump may run constantly and cause a drained battery.


Volkswagen said repair parts of those vehicles arent available and it plans to mail recall notice to owners on Oct. 13 of this year. Once replacement parts are available, dealers will replace the fuel pump module in affected vehicles free of charge.


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