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June 22nd, 2017 News of the Day: Russia's Deliver raises $8M, Aston Martin to recall cars globally

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【Summary】News of the Day for June 22nd, 2017.

Original Claire    Jun 22, 2017 1:53 PM PT
June 22nd, 2017 News of the Day: Russia's Deliver raises $8M, Aston Martin to recall cars globally

Russian freight service Deliver closes seed round of $8M

Russia-based online freight service Deliver has just closed a seed round of $8 million. The startup automates the process of ordering freight service by finding the closest sender.

Investors include Inventure Partners with $3 million, joining A&NN Group and Singapore-based Amereus Group.

The startup finished beta testing in January of this year and entered into the active sales and regional development phase. It now has 59,000 registered drivers, and hopes to take up to 15% of the market share in Russia. It is planning to expand to other European countries and promote more international transportation.

Nissan-Renault plans driverless ride-hailing

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The Nissan-Renault alliance plans to launch autonomous ride-hailing and ride-sharing services in the coming years.

"We think that the big opportunity for us is in automation, electric vehicles, ride-sharing and hailing together," Ogi Redzic, head of Nissan-Renault's Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services said in an interview on Thursday.

He said the company would begin self-driving services on EVs "certainly within 10 years", though not likely before 2020.

The two automakers are developing the system with Japanese game software maker DeNA Co Ltd and French public transport operator Transdev SA.

Waymo filing says Kalanick knew engineer had Google info

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Although Travis Kalanick resigned from Uber CEO just two days ago, the Waymo-Uber lawsuit still continues with more updates. A new filing suggests Uber knew that Anthony Levandowski possessed Google information as of last March, before Otto's acquisition.

"On or about March 11, 2016, Mr. Levandowski reported to Mr. Kalanick, Nina Qi and Cameron Poetzscher at Uber as well as Lior Ron that he had identified five discs in his possession containing Google information…" Waymo's new filing cites a response from Uber itself, made June 8th in response to a discovery request from Waymo.

In late May, Levandowski the ex-Google engineer and Otto founder was fired by Uber amid the lawsuit. Regarding the new filing, both Waymo and Uber have not provided any comment yet.

Aston Martin to recall 1658 cars globally with China problems

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According to Reuters, British luxury sports carmaker Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd is ordering a global recall of 1658 Vantage cars after problems with its transmission software update led to complaints in China.

Chief executive Andy Palmer said the recall decision was taken after a team of engineers went to China in May to investigate the software problem that has made some cars stall and lose power since 2014.

"It's interesting that it started from China and becomes a global recall," Palmer told Reuters by telephone, "it demonstrates the importance of China, the sophistication of the customer and the diligence of the authority there."

Aston Martin last year sold 3,259 cars globally, with China accounting for 8% of the sales. The recall will cover Vantage cars built between June 2010 and September 2013 with the Sportshift I and Sportshift II automated manual transmission gearboxes.

Kia tops new car quality survey for the second year

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Korean automaker Kia has topped a recent survey of new vehicle quality for a second straight year.

The J.D.Power's annual initial quality survey questioned 80,000 owners of 2017 car models regarding the problems they encountered within the first 90 days of ownership. Among other carmakers, Kia owners report 72 problems per 100 vehicles, which is the least compared with the industry average of 97 problems. Kia also topped the charts last year with the fewest problems reported. In the 15 years prior, the top spot was held by either Lexus or Porsche.

Genesis, a luxury brand owned by Hyundai was second in the survey, followed by Porsche, Ford and Ram in the top five chart. The lowest ranking carmaker is Fiat, with 163 problems out of 100 vehicles reported.


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