June 28th, 2017 News of the Day: Uber facing another allegation, Ford recalls transit vans

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【Summary】News of the Day for June 28th, 2017.

Original Claire    Jun 28, 2017 6:30 PM PT
June 28th, 2017 News of the Day: Uber facing another allegation, Ford recalls transit vans

Uber allegedly ignored an attempted murder conviction of driver who later raped a passenger

A passenger who says she was raped by a Uber driver in Kansas City has filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming Uber ignored previous warnings that the driver was not fit to drive for the company.

The accuser who prefers to be named "Jane Doe", alleges an Uber driver named Yahkhahnahn Ammi raped her on Jan 28th, 2017. She met the driver through the Uber app, and after an initial ride they exchanged phone numbers in an attempt to coordinate additional rides through Uber in the future. However, the driver allegedly raped her when he picked her up one night.

Doe's lawsuit points out that the driver had previously been convicted of attempted first-degree murder with intent to kill. After serving a 16-year prison term, Uber authorized him to drive for the company. Doe further accused Uber of negligence, negligent hiring and retention, and fraudulent concealment.

Ford issues recall of 402,000 vans

Ford on Wednesday issued three recalls in North America, including 402,462 Transit Vans that will cost the company $142 million.

The recalled vans are model 2015-2017 year vehicles which were built at Kansas City assembly plant between Jan 17th, 2014 and June 15, 2017. The vans have a faulty driveshaft flexible coupling, which can cause the separation of the driveshaft and result in a loss of power, unintended vehicle movement, and damage to brake and fuel lines.

The automaker said it does not know of any accidents or injuries caused by the defect so far, and disclosed the cost of recall in a filing with US Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday. The charge will be incurred in the second quarter results of the Ford North American unit.

BMW to introduce electric 3 series to take on Tesla

According to Hadelsblatt, luxury carmaker BMW plans to release an electric version of its popular 3-Series sedan in September, a move that is seen by many to compete with Tesla.

The electrified 3-Series model will be presented at the Frankfurt auto show this fall, and is claimed to have a range of 248 miles. Meanwhile, Tesla's anticipated Model 3 is estimated to have a 215-mile range and expected to begin delivery in July.

BMW declined to comment on this issue. The price of the electric 3-Series model is yet to be determined.

Cadillac partners with helicopter app in New York

Cadillac's "Fly and Drive" program will fly eight people via the helicopter-hailing app Blade, to East Hampton in New York, and lend six of them a Cadillac XT5 mid-size crossover for the weekend.

People can reserve a "Fly and Drive" flight, departing every Friday evening from July 7 to August 25, by checking the Blade app for the air-charter, which will be posted at random during the week. Users can reserve a seat free until all eight spots are filled.

This program follows other efforts that Cadillac's parent company General Motors spent on providing mobility to consumers, such as the partnerships with Uber last year.

For the Blade air-charter service, it can cost as much as $795 for a one-way trip to the Hamptons, or $695 for 5-minute flight from Wall Street to JFK International Airport.

Toyota's Kentucky Plant launches 2018 Camry

Toyota launched production of the re-engineered 2018 Camry at its factory in Kentucky with a Wednesday celebration. As America's best selling sedan, the eighth-generation Camry rolled off the assembly line earlier this week.

"We look at this car as a great opportunity to maybe break the trend of these SUVs and trucks that have come to dominate the U.S. market", said Wil James, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. "We've got a phenomenal product here."

The new version of the bestselling model will be on sale next month, and is 96%A new compared with the previous version.

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