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Hope King
Hope King, author of Closer
Sep 7, 2021 - Economy & Business

GM reshuffles production plans as chip shortage persists

General Motors vehicles sit in a holding lot September 2, 2021 in Lansing, Michigan; Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Supply chain issues related to the Delta variant have become the latest round of “whack-a-mole” for the auto industry.

Catch up quick: GM is halting or continuing to halt production at eight of its North American assembly plants because of chip shortages. 

Auto shows are back but they aren't just about cars any more

Hildegard Müller, president of VDA, organizer of the 2021 IAA auto show in Munich. Photo: Christof Stache/AFP

Auto shows are coming back, but they don't just feature pretty cars: Now they also have hands-on experiences showcasing innovative climate-friendly technologies and new modes of mobility.

Why it matters: Big, international auto shows have been dying for years, and the coronavirus pandemic looked like it might be the final straw. Instead, they're trying to stay relevant by reinventing themselves to reflect an industry undergoing historic change.

Lyft, Uber to pay legal fees for drivers sued under Texas abortion ban

A sign at an Uber and Lyft pickup location. Photo: Stuart Cahill/MediaNewGroup/Boston Herald

Lyft and Uber will cover all legal fees for drivers sued under a new Texas law that imposed a ban on abortions after six weeks.

Why it matters: The law is one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the U.S., and prohibits the practice after a fetal heartbeat is detected — before many people know they are pregnant, Axios' Oriana Gonzalez writes.

U.S. auto regulator probes Tesla crash that killed man changing tire

A Tesla dealership. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A U.S. government road safety regulator is investigating yet another fatality involving a Tesla and its use of partially automated driving systems, AP reported Friday.

Why it matters: Critics, including the National Transportation Safety Board, have said Tesla needs to implement a stronger system to ensure drivers are paying attention to the road.

Chip shortage forces General Motors to idle North American plants

An incomplete GMC Hummer EV at a factory in Detroit in August 2021. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

General Motors will temporarily shut down eight of its 15 North American assembly plants for a week starting Monday because of a worsening global microchip shortage, according to ABC News.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic and other disasters have disrupted supply chains for semiconductors, which are crucial for thousands of computer-controlled systems in new vehicles.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
Sep 2, 2021 - Economy & Business

Escalating legal fight threatens flying taxi SPAC

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The legal battle between flying taxi companies Archer Aviation and Wisk Aero is threatening to scuttle Archer's deal to go public via a SPAC led by billionaire investment banker Ken Moelis.

Driving the news: Proxy advisor Institutional Shareholder Services recommended that SPAC unitholders vote against the deal, which has been downsized in terms of both enterprise value and number of shares being offered.

NASA to measure the noise of Joby's electric air taxi

A Joby electric air taxi. (Joby Aviation).

NASA and Joby Aviation are kicking off acoustic measuring tests as part of a program to promote public confidence in emerging aviation markets, Joby announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: If electric air taxis are to gain wide adoption, they need to be quiet aircraft, so measuring their precise noise footprint gives Joby an early mover advantage versus the competition in this area.

Aug 31, 2021 - Economy & Business

The face of America's auto industry is changing

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Data: Bureau of Economic Analysis; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Foreign automakers and suppliers now employ more U.S. workers than domestic carmakers do, according to fresh data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Why it matters: The American auto industry is not the Detroit-based monolith it used to be. The shifting landscape now counts Chrysler as part of the Dutch giant Stellantis and Tesla as one of America's Big Three. Meanwhile, global carmakers and suppliers have been steadily expanding their U.S. manufacturing footprints.

Aug 25, 2021 - Health

United CEO: Mandating COVID vaccine was a no-brainer

A United Airlines pilot receives the COVID-19 vaccination. Photo: United Airlines

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby tells Axios that his early decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for all of his nearly 67,000 U.S. workers was an easy one: He's already seen too many employees die.

What he's saying: “For me, the fact that people are 300 times more likely to die if they’re unvaccinated is all I need to know," Kirby said. "It's about saving lives."

Trucking company Cowan Systems offers $20,000 signing bonus to lure drivers

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Employers are doling out some serious cash as they scramble to fill open jobs.

Driving the news: Maryland-based trucking company Cowan Systems announced a new five-figure signing bonus incentive for new drivers.