VehicleTrend Morning Post: Tesla & assembly line shutdown, FAW, Waymo

2018-05-16  |  By Faye  |  In news

1. Tesla to shut down assembly line for six days
Reportedly, Tesla plans to shut down on the main assembly line for six days from May 26 to 31 at the plant in Fremont, California, hoping to solve bottlenecks on the new production line that produces the Model 3. Tesla has declared earlier this year that it will delay series production of the Model 3 sedan for 10 days during this quarter, which is crucial to Tesla’s long-term profitability.

2. FAW to invest $260 million to Byton
Chinese state-owned carmaker FAW Group has agreed to invest around $260 million to electric vehicle start-up Byton as part of an ongoing series-B funding round. The deal was signed over the weekend in headquarters of Byton in Nanjing. Moreover, FAW and Byton were also in discussion about cooperating on specific projects in product development and parts procurement. Byton is looking to raise a total of about $500 million in the B-round financing.

3. Waymo tells police how to control its self-driving vehicles in emergency
Waymo tells police in California exactly how to break into and control its autonomous cars in the event of an emergency. The instructions appear in a 41-page booklet provided to law enforcement as an introduction to the fully self-driving vehicles. They aim to immobilize the vehicle first and protect Waymo's autonomous tech second. Among the instructions: "Open one door to prevent the self-driving car from moving. Break a window if doors are locked and immediate entry to vehicle is necessary. Call Waymo to unlock the doors remotely if there is time."


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