During the first half of this year, 101 people were seriously injured or killed in 98 collisions on Seattle streets. That’s the highest number of crashes in the first six months of a year since 2010, according to preliminary police reports analyzed by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). Of those crashes, 10 were fatal. Five people were killed while in car, truck or on a motorcycle; four were killed while walking and one while riding a bicycle. Thirty-five pedestrians and 14 bicyclists were seriously injured. Another 38 people were seriously injured in motor vehicle collisions.
Autonomous truck platoons offer benefits that might not be immediately apparent to the average road-tripper. Two or more semis following each other at a distance of 40 to 60 feet can seem like they’re operated by thrill-seeking drivers, but the real thrill-seekers are the trucking companies, which are looking for a high-tech way to save fuel and, at the same time, combat a rising problem: a shortage of truck drivers. The U.S. is expected to have a shortage of 176,000 truckers by 2026, according to Rod McLane, vice president of marketing for Peloton Technology, a Silicon Valley company focused on automated technology for freight hauling. Platooning allows digitally connected trucks to save fuel by driving close together in a convoy.
Ford is expanding its workforce again at the Chicago Assembly Plant on the banks of the Calumet River, just across the state line in Hegewisch on Chicago’s far South Side. Fresh off a $1 billion investment that resulted in 500 more jobs at the 95-year-old factory that once made the Model T, Ford announced another round of hiring.
This year’s labor negotiations between the United Auto Workers and Big Three Detroit manufacturers, which kicked off last week, will be marked by two thorny issues hanging over the industry right now: disruption and corruption. New technology in the shift to autonomous and electric vehicles is disrupting the industry and threatening traditional union jobs while volatile U.S. trade talks have set the stage for an uncertain political future. Then there’s an ongoing federal corruption probe that has eight former Fiat Chrysler and union officials facing jail time and bred mistrust among members.
The European Union is keen to work with Washington to reform the World Trade Organization and cooperate on common challenges to global trade, but will retaliate if Washington makes good on its threat to raise car tariffs, a top EU official said on Monday.