By David Shepardson

Google hires Airbnb exec to commercialize self-driving cars

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google self-driving car project took a step closer to market with the hire of a top executive from Airbnb, the online vacation home rental marketplace. Shaun Stewart is joining Google as a...

Friday, August 26, 2016, 9:04 PM

Volkswagen to spend at least $1.2 billion to compensate U.S. dealers: sources

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG <VOWG_p.DE> has agreed to spend more than $1.2 billion to compensate its 650 U.S. dealers for their losses from the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal, two sources briefed on the matter...

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 8:26 PM

Volkswagen to spend at least $1.2 billion to compensate U.S. dealers: sources

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG <VOWG_p.DE> has agreed to spend more than $1.2 billion to compensate its 650 U.S. dealers for their losses from the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal, two sources briefed on the matter...

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 8:21 PM

Lamborghini sees worldwide sales doubling by 2019 after SUV launch

By David Shepardson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Luxury automaker Lamborghini expects to at least double production to 7,000 vehicles a year by 2019 once it rolls out a new SUV, but it will not lose its focus on making sports cars, Chief Executive Officer Stefano...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 7:58 AM

Lamborghini sees worldwide sales doubling by 2019 after SUV launch

By David Shepardson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Luxury automaker Lamborghini expects to at least double production to 7,000 vehicles a year by 2019 once it rolls out a new SUV, but it will not lose its focus on making sports cars, Chief Executive Officer Stefano...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 3:46 AM

Bosch rejects diesel allegations as 'wild and unfounded'

By David Shepardson (Reuters) - Auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH <ROBG.UL> said claims it was a knowing participant in Volkswagen's decade-long scheme to evade U.S. anti-pollution laws were "wild and unfounded." In a filing in U.S. District...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 7:29 PM

AT&T, Apple, Google to work on 'robocall' crackdown

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 30 major technology and communication companies said on Friday they are joining the U.S. government to crack down on "robocalls," automated,...

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 6:01 AM

AT&T, Apple, Google to work on 'robocall' crackdown

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 30 major technology and communication companies said on Friday they are joining the U.S. government to crack down on "robocalls," automated, prerecorded phone calls that regulators have labeled a "scourge...

Friday, August 19, 2016, 6:46 PM

U.S. senators quiz airlines on IT systems after Delta disruption

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday sent letters to 13 major airlines expressing concerns that their information technology systems are vulnerable to outages that can strand thousands of passengers similar to recent flight...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 12:23 AM

U.S. senators quiz airlines on IT systems after Delta disruption

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday sent letters to 13 major airlines expressing concerns that their information technology systems are vulnerable to outages that can strand thousands of passengers similar to recent flight...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 9:34 PM

U.S. court blocks FCC bid to expand public broadband

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal appeals court said on Wednesday the U.S. Federal Communications Commission could not block two states from setting limits on municipal broadband expansion, a decision seen as a win for private-sector providers of...

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 5:36 AM

FCC votes to keep most media ownership rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday voted to retain nearly all rules limiting cross-ownership of newspapers, radio and TV stations in the same market, a source familiar with the vote said...

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 3:27 AM

U.S. court blocks FCC bid to expand public broadband

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal appeals court said on Wednesday the U.S. Federal Communications Commission could not block two states from setting limits on municipal broadband expansion, a decision seen as a win for private-sector providers of...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 11:24 PM

Auto safety chief hits America's hot roads to push recall repairs

By David Shepardson MIAMI (Reuters) - Under a blazing sun in a Florida college parking lot, employees of the U.S. government’s auto safety regulator, Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> and a tire industry trade group checked vehicles for recall notices, under-...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 10:23 PM

AT&T to pay $7.75 million for allowing sham directory-assistance calls

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc will pay $7.75 million in refunds and fines after federal investigators found it allowed unauthorized third-party charges related to phony directory-assistance service on its customers' telephone bills, U.S...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 10:19 PM

Consumer Reports urges higher Volkswagen U.S. diesel owner compensation

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Influential U.S. magazine Consumer Reports urged the Justice Department to hike compensation to 475,000 owners of polluting Volkswagen <VOWG_p.DE> diesel vehicles and allow owners who opt for a fix to reconsider...

Friday, August 5, 2016, 7:34 PM

U.S. expands investigation of 8 million air bag inflators after fatal crash

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday it is upgrading a probe of more than 8 million air bag inflators made by ARC Automotive Inc after a driver was killed in Canada when an inflator...

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 11:10 PM

U.S. regulators urged to scale back fuel efficiency fines

By David Shepardson TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Reuters) - Two major auto trade associations want U.S. regulators to reconsider plans to more than double fines for failing to meet fuel efficiency requirements, saying it could increase industry compliance costs by $1...

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 12:55 AM

EPA approves sales of 2017 BMW diesel vehicles

By David Shepardson TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it has approved the sale of new 2017 model year BMW AG <BMWG.DE> diesel vehicles in the United States after a thorough review. Chris...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 2:56 AM

U.S. extends oversight of Fiat Chrysler safety practices by a year

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. auto safety regulators said on Friday they were extending oversight of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV <FCHA.MI> for an additional year, requiring the Italian-American automaker to submit to monthly meetings and...

Friday, July 29, 2016, 11:46 PM