Transportation

Transportation

Google self-driving unit Waymo picks Detroit factory site

DETROIT (AP) — Google's self-driving car spinoff Waymo says it will reopen an axle plant in Detroit to convert conventional vehicles so they can drive autonomously.

The company says it will lease a now-closed American Axle & Manufacturing plant north of downtown so it can convert the vehicles, mostly Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

U.S. expands probe into air bag failures

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators have expanded an investigation into malfunctioning air bag controls to include 12.3 million vehicles because the bags may not inflate in a crash. The problem could be responsible for as many as eight deaths.

Tesla says it will have fully self-driving cars by second quarter of 2020

SAN FRANCISCO — Tesla expects to have fully self-driving cars in which humans won't have to touch the steering wheel around the second quarter of next year.

The company made the announcement during an investor conference at its Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters Monday, in which it outlined its bold but risky bid to transform Tesla's electric cars into driverless vehicles.

IDOT, preservationists give 5,000 trees to schools

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Schools statewide are receiving 5,000 tree seedlings from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

IDOT officials say the "Trees to Schools" initiative honors Earth Day, which is Monday. Trees are provided by the East Moline-based nature-preservation group Living Lands and Waters .

For the retirees, April 21-28, 2019

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Just Askin' | Summer 2019 road work

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Q: What are the bigger road-construction projects this summer?

A: We spoke with Ken Crawford, the project implementation engineer with Illinois Department of Transportation District 5, about what to expect.

Honda cutting production of Accords as buyers shift to SUVs

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Honda is slowing production of Accord sedans as car buyers continue to favor SUVs and trucks.

The Japanese automaker says it will temporarily idle a second-shift production line in August at its Marysville, Ohio, assembly plant. The shift is expected to resume production in several years.

Toyota, SoftBank fund, Denso invest $1 billion in Uber

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top automaker Toyota, auto parts maker Denso and internet company SoftBank's investment fund are investing $1 billion in car-sharing Uber's technology unit.

Uber rolls out feature urging riders to 'check your ride'

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber is releasing a new feature to help riders ensure they're getting into the right vehicles.

The development comes several weeks after a University of South Carolina student was killed after getting into a car she had mistaken for the Uber ride she hailed.

AAR to lay off 80 at Rockford jet repair hub

ROCKFORD (AP) — Aircraft maintenance and repair company AAR in June will lay off about half its workforce in Rockford, citing an expected seasonal downturn in work.

Wood Dale-based AAR began operating out of the Greater Rockford Airport Authority's twin-hangar maintenance center in late 2016 after signing a 10-year lease. The hanger was built with $40 million in taxpayer funds.

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