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Ford cancels Mexico factory and will invest in Michigan in 'vote of confidence' for Trump plans

Los Angeles Times

Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it was scrapping plans to build a $1.6-billion factory in Mexico and would invest $700 million to expand a Michigan plant to build electric and autonomous vehicles that will add 700 jobs there in a move Ford's chief executive said was a "vote of confidence" in the economic policies of President-elect Donald Trump. Ford isn't abandoning expanded production in Mexico. The company said that to "improve company profitability" it would build its next-generation Ford Focus at an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico. But in the wake of criticism by President-elect Donald Trump of the U.S. automaker and other companies moving manufacturing jobs across the border, Ford said it would cancel its plans for a major new plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. A company news release didn't mention Trump, but Chief Executive Mark Fields told CNN on Tuesday that the new plans were "a vote of confidence" in the direction of the U.S. economy under the president-elect.


Ford's new self-driving Fusion almost looks like a regular car

Engadget

Ford has shown the first images of its new self-driving Fusion Hybrid with a more powerful computer and improved, better-integrated sensors. It uses an upgraded version of the Fusion Hybrid platform, bolstered by self-driving hardware, a large new computer and electrical controls that "are close to production-ready," the company said in a press release. It also packs lower-profile LIDAR units that appear to be the "Puck" models from Velodyne, a company in which it recently invested $150 million. Cameras and other bits are smoothly built into the roof, making the hybrid less "hey, look at me, I'm a self-driving car" than other models. By contrast, the last autonomous Fusion model used since 2013 featured no less than four bulky LIDAR units.


Uber Self-Driving Car Tests Begin As Ride-Hailing App Takes On Google, Apple, Tesla And More

International Business Times

Uber has announced that it is in the early stages of testing self-driving car technology with the ultimate goal of removing the need for drivers from its ride-hailing business. Uber said a trained driver would be behind the wheel monitoring operations and along with testing self-driving technologies, the cars will also gather mapping data. Uber will use modified Ford Fusion cars to gather mapping data and test self-driving technologies on the streets of Pittsburgh. Last week, China's number one ride-hailing app, Didi Chuxing, announced it had received a 1 billion investment from Apple and while the reasons for the investment were simply described as "strategic" by Apple CEO Tim Cook, many see the deal as a way for both companies to advance their respective autonomous car technologies.