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Inside this issue
The Misguided Attack on Starter Interrupt Devices
U.S. Consumers Expect Gas Prices to Rise Again, Survey Finds
General Motors Names Craig Glidden New General Counsel
Honda Adjusts North American Output Due to Parts Shortage
Jaguar Land Rover Favors Europe Over U.S. for New Plant, Report Says
Apple is Forming an Auto Team
Volvo to Launch Self-Driving Pilot Program in 2017
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The Misguided Attack on Starter Interrupt Devices
By Thomas B. Hudson // Hudson Cook, LLP

A consumer alleges that a starter interrupt device shut down her car in traffic. The New York Times reports the allegation. Then other publications repeat the allegation, citing the New York Times. Suddenly, electronic devices that can stop running cars are a "fact." Regulators predict that cars will be stopped in the middle of railroad crossings and start railing about these dangerous devices that can put consumers in peril. Bills prohibiting the devices proliferate. Regulators initiate investigations. All of this without a shred of proof beyond the testimony of this one consumer. And without a single verified instance of a starter interrupt device being used by a creditor to stop a moving vehicle. And despite the very description of the device as a starter interrupt device. Click here for the full article.
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U.S. Consumers Expect Gas Prices to Rise Again, Survey Finds

Gas prices in the United States may be down, but consumers don’t expect the lower prices to last. The Consumer Federation of America’s latest national survey revealed [Thursday] that consumers believe that two years from today, gas prices will be $3.20; and they will be $3.90 five years from now. That would be a 50 percent and 80 percent increase. “Not only do these consumer expectations match the last major dip and rise in gas prices (2009-14), but they show that consumers understand when gas goes down, it inevitably goes back up,” said Mark Cooper, director of research at CFA.
Source: Automotive News
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General Motors Names Craig Glidden New General Counsel

General Motors Co. has gone outside the company in hiring a new general counsel. GM Thursday named Craig Glidden to the position; it announced in October that General Counsel Michael Millikin would retire in July, and that it would search beyond its current staff for his replacement. Glidden, 57, will begin March 1, leading GM’s team of staff attorneys spread over more than 30 countries.
Source: The Detroit News
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Honda Adjusts North American Output Due to Parts Shortage

Honda Motor Co. will cut output at two North American factories from Feb. 24 through March 2, cutting production by 5,000 cars due to a disruption in parts shipments caused by a protracted labor dispute at West Coast ports. Two Ohio plants and one plant in Canada returned to normal production as the auto parts came in by air, but an Indiana plant and another in Canada still have to trim output, company spokeswoman Misato Fukushima said Friday in Tokyo headquarters.
Source: Associated Press
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Jaguar Land Rover Favors Europe Over U.S. for New Plant, Report Says

Execs like Austria, Turkey due to lower factory development costs, paper reports

Jaguar Land Rover is looking to add production in Austria or Turkey instead of in the U.S. as the automaker seeks to boost its manufacturing capacity, a report said. JLR had been considering opening a factory in the U.S. South, reports said earlier this month. Executives now favor lower-cost factory developments in Turkey and Austria rather than in North America, the Birmingham Post, a newspaper based near the automaker's UK headquarters, said today, citing highly placed company sources. JLR has undergone a revival since it was bought by India's Tata Motors from Ford Motor in 2008 and is expanding production outside its UK home base. The company opened a factory in China in October and plans to begin production in Brazil next year.
Source: Automotive News
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Apple is Forming an Auto Team

While Apple has been preparing to release its first wearable computers, the company has also been busy assembling a team to work on an automobile. The company has collected about 200 people over the last few years ... to develop technologies for an electric car, according to two people with knowledge of the company’s plans, who asked not to be named because the plans were private. The car project is still in its prototype phase, one person said, meaning it is probably many years away from being a viable product and might never reach the mass market if the quality of the vehicle fails to impress Apple’s executives.
Source: The New York Times

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Volvo to Launch Self-Driving Pilot Program in 2017

Volvo made its self-driving ambitions clear Thursday with the announcement of a pilot program that will put 100 autonomous cars on Swedish roads by 2017. The program is unique in that it hands the keys to customers rather than company engineers. The test subjects will be able to operate the cars autonomously on select roads around Volvo’s hometown of Gothenburg. Volvo touts the program as a unique collaboration with the Swedish government, the city of Gothenburg and the Lindholmen Science Park. Roughly 30 miles of highways in the city have been approved for the self-driving cars, which will be allowed to operate only in specific conditions when no oncoming traffic, pedestrians or cyclists are present.
Source: Los Angeles Times
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"We are entering uncharted territory in the field of autonomous driving." 

   
-- Peter Mertens, senior vice president of research and development for Volvo, commenting on the automaker's plan to launch a self-driving program in 2017, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 19

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