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Ford, Lincoln rank among top five brands
June 24, 2019

JEDDAH – Both Ford and Lincoln rank among the top five automotive brands in the United States for the first time in the latest J.D. Power US Initial Quality Study thanks to overall quality improvements that are outpacing the industry. Now in its 33rd year, the study measures vehicle quality by analyzing problems reported by owners in the first 90 days of ownership.

Ford nameplates ranking tops in their segments are Ford Ranger – marking the"...

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Summer Heat & Tire Safety … a Call to Action!
June 23, 2019

Summer has arrived and we witness sizzling temperatures above the 40-degree mark. The hot summer months are extremely taxing for vehicle tires and overall, more than 5% of road traffic deaths in the UAE are linked to poor tire maintenance. Abu Dhabi police for example stated in 2018, that 17 fatalities (out of a total of 199) were attributable to underinflated or damaged tires.

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Exhibition raises awareness on safe driving for women
June 17, 2019

The second international “Women’s Car Accessories” Exhibition was launched at Dhahran International Exhibition Center under the slogan “Your Way is Safe” under the patronage of Prince Saud Bin Naif Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor of the Eastern Province.

The exhibition is being held to mark the first anniversary of a historic decision issued in June 2018 allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia. It is being attended by more"...

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Car imports in KSA down by over 20 percent
June 17, 2019

Saudi Arabia’s car imports dropped by more than a fifth in 2018 to 440,992, compared to 554,581 for the previous year.

According to business daily Al-Eqtisadiah, car imports last year were the lowest in 14 years, while it was the third consecutive year that the industry had witnessed a drop.

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BMW Group, Jaguar Land Rover collaborate on electrification technology
June 16, 2019

MUNICH — As it develops its plans for the mobility of the future, the BMW Group is increasingly focusing on cooperations to help make next-level electrification technology more widely available to customers by the start of the coming decade.

Cooperation between car manufacturers to share know-how and resources is important as the automotive industry tackles the significant technological challenges of autonomous driving, connectivity, electrification"...

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Velodyne Features Advanced Lidar for Port Terminal Automation at TOC Europe
June 14, 2019

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (Stand A50) will demonstrate how its smart, powerful lidar solutions can advance port terminal automation at TOC Europe in Rotterdam, 18-20 June. Velodyne will highlight customer applications that show how its lidar sensors can be used in crane steering, container handling, internal terminal vehicles (ITV), automated guided vehicles (AGV), forklifts, and terminal security/yard monitoring systems. DGWorld (Stand B21A), a Dubai-based Velodyne integrator, will showcase autonomous taxis, ITVs, AGVs, and terminal operation vehicles that use Velodyne lidar sensors to run autonomously. These vehicles use advanced artificial intelligence (AI), automation, and self-driving systems to bring greater precision and efficiency to port and terminal operations. “Autonomous vehicles (AV) can reduce costs in port and terminal operations, and bring improved reliability and predictability,” said Gautam Ahuja, Business Development and Sales Director,......

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Uber to unveil next-generation Volvo self-driving car
June 13, 2019

Uber Technologies Inc on Wednesday will unveil its newest Volvo self-driving car in Washington as it works to eventually deploy vehicles without drivers under some limited conditions.

Uber said the new production XC90 will be assembled by Volvo Cars in Sweden and have human controls like steering wheels and brake pedals, but added it has factory-installed steering and braking systems designed for computer rather than human control.

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Renault to decide on merger talks with Fiat Chrysler
June 4, 2019

PARIS: The board of French car giant Renault is expected to decide Tuesday to begin merger talks with Fiat Chrysler which could create a new global giant spanning the United States, Europe and Japan.
US-Italian group Fiat Chrysler proposed a “merger of equals” with Renault last week, which has been welcomed by financial markets and has been given a conditional green light by the French government.
A merger would be “a real opportunity"...

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Uber loses $1 billion in quarter, hitting forecast, as revenue rises 20%
June 1, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO/BENGALURU — Uber Technologies Inc reported a $1 billion loss and a 20% rise in revenue on Thursday in its first quarterly report as a public company, in line with the ride-hailing service's forecasts.

Revenue of $3.1 billion matched the high end of the range Uber forecast for the quarter and the loss of $1.0 billion compared with the company's forecast of $1.0 billion to $1.11 billion. Uber Chief Financial Officer Nelson Chai"...

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Ford’s BLIS helps curb road accidents
May 30, 2019

JEDDAH – Driving in heavy traffic can be stressful and even if you keep an eye on your mirrors, it’s easy to miss vehicles that may have moved into your blind spots without you noticing. It doesn’t take much for a momentary lapse of concentration to escalate quickly.

In fact, poor lane discipline is a global problem which accounts for an alarming number of road fatalities every year. Some experts estimate that up to 33% of all crashes"...

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