June 8th, 2017 News of the Day: Honda sets 2025 as full autonomy goal, Denmark EV sales shrink
【Summary】News of the Day for June 8th, 2017.
Honda sets 2025 as deadline to level-4 self-driving cars
Japanese automaker Honda confirmed today that it plans to introduce fully autonomous cars by 2025. In a statement, the company said it will install its autonomous freeway drive system in vehicles by 2020, and spend another 5 years to develop level-4 cars which can handle all necessary road conditions without human assistance.
"We will strive to achieve the technological establishment of Level 4 automated automated driving for personal car use by around 2025," said Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo. "We are striving to provide our customers with a sense of confidence and trust by offering automated driving that will keep vehicles away from any dangerous situation and that will not make people around the vehicle feel unsafe."
Uber fires executive over handling of rape investigation in India
Uber fired senior executive Eric Alexander on Tuesday. Alexander was Uber's president of business in Asia, and obtained medical records of a woman who was raped by an Uber driver in India. Insiders revealed that when media began questioning him about his involvement in the matter, he received a termination notice from the ride-hailing company.
Uber declined to comment on the firing of Mr. Alexander, according to New York Times. The company said at a staff meeting on Tuesday that it had fired 20 employees in recent months over issues raised in another investigation, and Mr. Alexander was not among them.
Hyundai recalls over half a million cars in US
Hyundai Motor America is recalling nearly 600,000 vehicles for problems with hood latches and parking brake warning lights.
The recall covers 437,400 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport crossovers from the model years from 2013 to 2017. Hyundai clarified the safety risk only applies if the hood is not properly closed.The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration(NHTSA) said on Thursday that the larger of the two recalls involves a faulty cable for the secondary hood latch, which could corrode and prevent the hood from latching.
There have been no reported accidents or injuries related to either issue.
Denmark saw plummeting EV sales in first quarter
The sales of electric vehicles is shrinking in Denmark in the first quarter, falling by 60.5% in the entire nation compared with last year. This comes as EV sales increased by an average of 30% across the European Union, and almost 80% in Germany and Sweden respectively. It is speculated that the dramatic shift in sales is connected with the Denmark government's plan to eliminate substantial tax breaks. Regulators planned to gradually phase out tax breaks by 2020. However, after observing the shrinking sales the government postponed the date until a minimum of 5,000 EVs are sold over the 2016-2018 period.
Renault to work with UK's Powervault on home storage units
Automaker Renault is working with UK-based company Powervault in a trial program to test how old EV batteries perform when being used for home-based stationary-storage units. The testing will begin with 50 units next month and will continue for 12 months.
Powervault is a company that installs its trial units for customers of UK utility provider M&S Energy, along with many schools and social-housing units. It estimates that so-called "second-life" EV batteries can reduce a home's energy costs by as much as 35 percent.
Renault estimates that a typical EV battery lasts between eight and 10 years in an automobile. It will be providing Powervault with its second-hand EV batteries.
Claire Peng has over 6 years of professional experience in the media industry, covering TV, newspaper and online media. She was once a reporter and producer for Fairchild Television based in Toronto Canada, and worked as an English news reporter for the Global Times in Beijing. She writes mainly about self-driving, companies investment, and the enterprise lab.
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