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Apple cuts 200 people from autonomous car project
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24th Jan 2019
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Apple cuts 200 people from autonomous car project

Sources have told CNBC over 200 people have been fired this week from Apple's Project Titan group. A spokesperson for the tech company confirmed the layoffs to the business news channel. The person added "as the team focuses their work on several key areas for 2019" some groups have been moved to other areas within the company, such as machine learning.
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Derek Fung
Ford Australia job losses, as VW joint venture ramps up
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24th Jan 2019
3 min read

Ford Australia job losses, as VW joint venture ramps up

Ford will axe more than 200 jobs locally as part of a global restructure of the company’s engineering divisions, however Australia will retain a key role in the recently-signed joint development of the next generation Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok utes. Approximately 90 contractors, 75 hourly workers and 40 salaried workers will lose their jobs but Ford Australia will retain about 1700 design and engineering staff, the largest workforce of its type in the country.
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Joshua Dowling
"Safety doesn't come at a price" in child seats - study
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24th Jan 2019
2 min read

"Safety doesn't come at a price" in child seats - study

The cheapest child restraints are sometimes the safest, according to a new study from the NRMA. Conducted alongside Kidsafe NSW, the NRMA test put nine restraints through their paces in safety and ease of use. None of the seats tested scored a perfect five stars, while four snagged a four-star rating. Although all nine complied with Australian Standards, the NRMA and Kidsafe called out the "vast difference in the quality of protection they offer" in the real world.
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Scott Collie
Volkswagen ID R to chase Nurburgring EV record
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23rd Jan 2019
2 min read

Volkswagen ID R to chase Nurburgring EV record

Volkswagen has turned its energy from Pikes Peak to the Nurburgring, announcing plans to topple the electric lap record currently owned by the NIO EP9. Where it chased the outright record up Pikes Peak, the record within Volkswagen's sights is purely related to electric vehicles. Apparently there's no way the ID R could come close to toppling the 5:19.55 outright record set by the Porsche 919 Evo.
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Scott Collie
Ford confirms sub-Ranger ute is coming
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23rd Jan 2019
1 min read

Ford confirms sub-Ranger ute is coming

Ford has confirmed it's working on a cheaper, more compact ute to slot below the Ranger, following reports from July last year suggesting such a vehicle was in the works. Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference and quoted in Automotive News, Ford's president of global markets, Jim Farley, said the company is "investing in more affordable versions of our truck business" at the moment.
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Scott Collie