Episode 123 : Not Sellers - Tesla need cash, Vehicle Cyber Security, Charging Round Britain, Subaru Outback Update

The chaps have quite a bit to discuss this week, but thankfully only a small amount of Follow Up.

FOLLOW UP - SCHMIDT PLEADS GUILTY TO LESSER CHARGES

Oliver Schmidt, the former Volkswagen executive, has pleaded guilty in a plea deal to lesser charges following his arrest in January. He now only faces 84 months in prison, as opposed to the 169 years he could've been sentenced to. To read more click the AutoNews article here.

FOLLOW UP - WAYMO V UBER GETS MURKIER

With the release of court papers, there is some suggestion that Uber discussed Levandowski's yet to be started company Otto, before he downloaded the massive amount of information from Waymo. The whole event is even murkier than it first appeared. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

FOLLOW UP - KALANICK WON'T RETURN AS CEO

Current Uber Chairman, Garrett Camp, has stated that Kalanick will not return as Chief Executive Officer. He may return, but what his position will be who knows. To read more click the Wall Street Journal article here.

TESLA NEED CASH

Tesla has announced that it will go about raising $1.5 billion, in order to enable the Model 3 production. To read more click the BBC News article here.

TOYOTA AND MAZDA ENTER A BUSINESS ALLIANCE

Toyota and Mazda have announced that they will be entering into a business and capital alliance. They will be working together on technology, connectivity and model sharing in specific markets. To read more click the Mazda article here.

MAZDA TO SELL EFFICIENT PETROL ENGINE

Mazda has announced how they will be selling a petrol engine, with the efficiencies of a diesel, in 2019. They have worked out how to get the engine to ignite the petrol with compression rather than via spark plugs. They claim an increase in efficiency of 20 to 30 percent, bringing petrol in line with diesel. To read more click the Reuters article here

CYBER SECURITY GUIDANCE FOR VEHICLES

In a stunning move, the UK Government has released guidance on cyber security for vehicles, and it looks quite sensible. The chaps thoroughly encourage you to read the guidance because it is well written, in simple language. To read more click the link here.

NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS FOR JULY

July's New Car Registration figures have been released. Once again it is not great news overall and for specific brands. To read more click the SMMT article here. To read the Richard Aucock's Vauxhall article mentioned click here.

LONDON TO GET NEW RESIDENTIAL CHARGING POINTS

The Mayor of London has announced funding that will allow 1500 new residential charging points across London. For once, the chaps think this is a good move by the Mayor's Office. To read more click the Autocar article.

CHARGING ROUND BRITAIN - MORE DETAILS

Last week Alan and Andrew announced the first ever road trip for the show. They'll be taking a Hyundai IONIQ electric around as much of the mainland of Great Britain as they can in six days. They will be finding out how good the current infrastructure is around the country. More information will be released nearer the start date of 28 August 2017.

LONG-TERM TEST UPDATE - SUBARU OUTBACK

Now into Week 2 of the test of a Subaru Outback, which continues to impress overall. Andrew discusses the external and internal elements of the car. He also informs us that he has been approached by a couple of people interested in the car. There will be another update next week.

DESIGNERS MOOD BOARD - STEFANI TO HEAD UP SKODA DESIGN

Oliver Stefani will be filling the gap left by Kaban, and head up the design team at Skoda. He is a long time employee of Volkswagen, most recently has been looking after the exterior design of the Group. To read more click the Form Trends article here.

LEHTINEN LEAVES TOYOTA WRC

Jarmo Lehtinen will leave the Toyota WRC team, as Sporting Director, following the German rally later this month. To read more click the WRC article here.

AND FINALLY - DRIVERLESS VAN IN VIRGINIA

An experiment by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute was spotted as their 'driverless' van drove around. There actually was a driver, but he was in a "car seat suit" so it looked as though there wasn't anyone in the seat. In the back there were cameras capturing people's reactions to driverless vehicles. To read more click the CNBC News4 article here, BUT be warned it has an auto start video!

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