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· Ford sued by truck owners alleging diesel emissions cheating
Ford Motor Co installed emissions-cheating software in its F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks to ensure they passed federal tests, according to a lawsuit by truck owners filed on Wednesday…
· Ford Sued by Truck Owners, Adding It to Diesel Defendants
Super Duty truck emissions alleged to be 50 times legal limit
· Ford, Postmates to study autonomous delivery
· Pizza Hut® Forges Global Alliance With Toyota® To Explore Fully-Autonomous Delivery Vehicles
Ford sued by truck owners alleging diesel emissions cheating
Nick Carey, Reuters
January 10, 2018
(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co installed emissions-cheating software in its F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks to ensure they passed federal tests, according to a lawsuit by truck owners filed on Wednesday.
Ford manipulated the emissions system in violation of federal requirements and the affected trucks released twice the legal limits of emissions during normal driving, the lawsuit claimed.
A Ford spokesman said the automaker would issue a comment shortly.
The law firm representing the owners, Hagens Berman, has launched lawsuits in the last year against General Motors Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV as well as engine maker Cummins Inc, making similar allegations.
In the tests Ford conducted on the F-250 and F-350 vehicles, “emissions are routinely as high as five times the standard,” the lawsuit said, quipping that the trucks should bear the moniker “Super Dirty.”
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, also named German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH [ROBG.UL] as a defendant.
In a statement Wednesday, Bosch said allegations against the company “remain the subject of investigations and civil litigation” and it takes allegations of diesel software manipulation “very seriously.”
Last year, Bosch agreed to pay $327.5 million to U.S. owners of Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) vehicles for its part in installing illegal emissions-cheating software...
Ford Sued by Truck Owners, Adding It to Diesel Defendants
Parts-supplier Bosch named as co-defendant in conspiracy case
Super Duty truck emissions alleged to be 50 times legal limit
By Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg
January 10, 2018
Ford Motor Co. rigged at least 500,000 heavy-duty trucks to beat emissions tests, drivers claimed in a lawsuit, adding to the tally of carmakers linked to diesel-cheating allegations worldwide that started in 2015 with Volkswagen AG.
Ford’s F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel pickups, a slice of the top-selling F-Series, are spewing emissions as much as 50 times the legal limit for nitrogen oxide pollutants, according to the complaint. The trucks sold from 2011 to 2017 cost $8,400 more than their gasoline-fueled counterparts, the filing shows.
“All Ford vehicles, including those with diesel engines, comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations,” Daniel Barbosa, a spokesman for Ford, said in an emailed statement. “Ford vehicles do not have defeat devices. We will defend ourselves against these baseless claims.”
Ford marketed the trucks as “the cleanest super diesel ever,” while the lawyer behind the suit said they should have been called “Super Dirty.”
“The vehicle’s own on-board diagnostic software indicates emission control system to be operating as Ford intended, even though its real world performance grossly exceeds the standard,” attorney Steve Berman, a managing partner at Hagens Berman, said in the complaint.
Ford worked with German automotive supplier Robert Bosch GmbH to mask the vehicles’ inefficiencies in order to maintain overall performance, according to the complaint filed Wednesday in Detroit federal court. Bosch is named as a defendant in the proposed class action.
“Bosch takes the allegations of manipulation of the diesel software very seriously,” Rene Ziegler, a spokesman for Bosch, said in an emailed statement...
Ford, Postmates to study autonomous delivery
Chronicle News Services
via SFGate - January 9, 2018
Ford Motor Co. is expanding its driverless delivery experiment beyond pizza, working with Postmates to test what it will take to eventually remove the driver from on-demand distribution.
The carmaker and Postmates, which connects customers with drivers to deliver their groceries, take-out food orders and other purchases, will team up this year on a pilot program that explores how self-driving tech could change the delivery experience.
The experiment, which will use human drivers for now, will help Ford better understand how an autonomous delivery system could work, especially because customers will have to walk...
Pizza Hut® Forges Global Alliance With Toyota® To Explore Fully-Autonomous Delivery Vehicles
Pizza Hut pioneering uses of new Toyota e-Palette fully-autonomous concept vehicle unveiled at Consumer Electronics Show; Brands collaborating on big data to advance delivery intelligence
Source: Pizza Hut
via PRNewswire - Jan 08, 2018
PLANO, Texas, Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- How pizzas are delivered, even made, may soon change following an announcement today from Pizza Hut and Toyota.
Toyota®, the world's top automaker, and Pizza Hut®, which serves and delivers more pizzas than any other pizza restaurant in the world, have forged a global partnership to explore the future of pizza delivery and other initiatives to improve mobility around the world.
oyota unveiled designs of a self-driving concept vehicle called e-Palette at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and Pizza Hut is one of the founding members of a new "mobility service business alliance" that also includes Amazon, Didi, Mazda and Uber.
The announcement follows a number of initiatives from Pizza Hut created to provide the best delivery experience, including a new delivery algorithm that drastically improves the accuracy and reliability of deliveries, new delivery pouches able to keep pizzas up to 15 degrees hotter and a pilot test of beer and wine delivery in the U.S.
"In our ongoing and relentless pursuit to own and define the modern pizza experience for our customers, we are focused on technology-based solutions that enable our team members and drivers to deliver even better customer experiences," said Artie Starrs, President, Pizza Hut, U.S. "With Toyota, we are excited to be partnering with an undisputed leader in human mobility with a reputation for innovation, reliability and efficiency, as we define the pizza delivery experience of the future."
The new mobility service business alliance will leverage Toyota's proprietary Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to develop a suite of connected mobility solutions and a flexible, purpose-built fully-autonomous vehicle. The alliance will create a broad-based ecosystem of hardware and software support designed to help a range of companies utilize advanced mobility technology to better serve customers. Toyota plans to implement testing of the e-Palette Vehicle Concept in several regions, including the United States, as early as 2020.
For Pizza Hut, the e-Palette solution could support the company's delivery business in the future or, given the flexibility of the e-Palette design, could even serve as a mobile kitchen in areas of the world where such an experience would match consumer interests.
"We are truly inspired to be part of this alliance, as the visions for our brand and those of Toyota are very similar," said Milind Pant, President, Pizza Hut International. "We are about making it easier to get a better pizza and Toyota is about providing mobility for all. Toyota is an exceptional fit as a technology partner to accelerate our commitment to the best delivery experience."
Along with working together on autonomous delivery solutions, the companies will immediately begin working on plans to improve the existing driver/delivery ecosystem. Starting in early 2018, Pizza Hut and Toyota will jointly test dual communication technology in Pizza Hut delivery vehicles to capture data on driver patterns and behaviors. Better data will result in improved performance for both companies, optimize the safety of delivery, as well as enhance delivery operations.
"The common ground between our two global brands is fueled by innovation that enriches peoples' lives," said Zack Hicks, Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Connected. "The e-Palette Alliance and e-Palette fully-autonomous vehicle are major steps in our expansion to advance products and services that help provide mobility for all, and we're thrilled to continue the journey in partnership with Pizza Hut."
Pizza Hut is committed to providing an easier, more convenient customer experience with an emphasis on delivery and digital ordering. In the last year, the company launched voice command ordering through Alexa, the first pizza tracker that includes text messaging and Hut Rewards, the only national pizza loyalty program that awards points for every dollar spent on pizza.
Internationally, Pizza Hut recently created a startup: Pizza Hut Digital Ventures, which is pioneering new ways to own the modern pizza experience all over the world. PHDV is responsible for the new web and App experience in the United Kingdom.
For more information about Pizza Hut, visit www.pizzahut.com.
About Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), serves and delivers more pizzas than any other pizza company in the world. With easy order options including the Pizza Hut app, mobile site, Facebook and Twitter messenger and Amazon devices, Pizza Hut is committed to providing an easy pizza experience – from order to delivery.
Founded in 1958, Pizza Hut has become the most-recognized pizza restaurant in the world, operating more than 16,400 restaurants in more than 100 countries.
Pizza Hut is also the proprietor of The Literacy Project, an initiative designed to enable access, empower teachers and inspire a lifelong love of reading. The program is rooted in the foundation set by the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program, which is the longest-running corporate supported literacy program, impacting more than 14 million students each year. For more information, visit www.pizzahut.com.
SOURCE Pizza Hut