Dyson Electric Car Unveiled, Global Car Sales, Contactless Shopping and CarGurus’ COVID-19 Sentiment Study [VIDEO]

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Heather Burton, Content Specialist, IM@CS

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Terry Lancaster, Host of the Get Ya Some Radio Show

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Dyson finally unveils its canceled electric car

Having famously killed off its electric car project back in October, Dyson’s automobile remained a mystery to most, with only a handful of engineers having seen a working prototype. But yesterday, the company chose to finally show off its scrapped electric car for an interview about Sir James Dyson — now worth £16.2 billion.

According to sources, Dyson revealed that his electric vehicle, codenamed “N526,” would have been a seven-seater with a whopping 600-mile range per charge. Assuming that 600-mile figure was based on Europe’s WLTP standards, it would have been an impressive jump from Tesla Model S’ 379 miles and almost doubling the long-range Model X’s 314 miles (the latter also a seven-seater).

As the owner of the company, Dyson proclaimed that this project ended up costing £500 million of his own money before he put a stop to it.

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Lockdown sees new car sales in UK drop by 97% in April, but not in the US, and not Tesla

New car sales (in the UK) plunged by 97.3% last month compared to April 2019, revealing the effects of the coronavirus lockdown on the motor industry. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said just 4,321 new vehicles were registered – a record low for the market.

That compares to 161,000 in the same month last year – a number already depressed as consumer confidence was knocked by Brexit deadlines and what the car industry described as “confusion” over the future of diesel-powered cars.

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In the US however, new car sales droppage is much less. According to Good Car Bad Car, percentage drops in sales range from single digits to upwards to 50 and 60%. Except for Tesla, which posted record sales in China as global car sales plummeted.

According to one source, Tesla sold just more than 50,000 of its vehicles in Q1, more than a 70% rise from Q1 2019.

Car dealerships will face online HSE inspection to prove they are safe to reopen – and random spot checks

All car dealerships in the UK will have to complete an online HSE inspection to prove that they are safe to reopen – and face random spot checks in the future to ensure they are complying. New Covid-19 secure guidelines have been released by the government to ensure businesses looking to reopen their doors are safe to do so.

The detailed guidance covers eight different settings and is broken down into practical steps which the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said should be put in place ‘as soon as is practical’.

Ministers said they have consulted with around 250 businesses, trade bodies and unions to agree the plans, with eight separate documents published for different sectors of the business world which can reopen.

A group of dealers and manufacturer representatives worked with the SMMT on their recommendations for a document for car dealers last week.

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CarGurus COVID-19 Sentiment Study and Contactless Shopping

In April 2020, CarGurus surveyed 722 U.S. shoppers on their sentiments toward car shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of these, 73% intend to purchase a vehicle in 2020. The remaining 27% initially planned to, but have delayed their purchase.

Some key takeaways from the study suggest that twice as many of those surveyed now prefer online shopping including trade-in, financing, and actual purchase compared from before the pandemic.

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Uber expects up to $2.2 billion charge, drop in quarterly revenue due to pandemic

Uber Technologies Inc said on Thursday it expects an impairment charge of up to $2.2 billion in the first quarter due to the coronavirus outbreak and revenue to decline by $17 million to $22 million in the quarter.

Last month, the ride-hailing company promised 10 million free rides and food deliveries to healthcare workers, seniors, and people in need, during the period of lockdowns put in place to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The company withdrew its 2020 forecast for gross bookings, adjusted net revenue and adjusted EBITDA, and said the initiatives taken in response to the outbreak, including financial assistance for drivers and delivery people, would be accounted into its first- and second-quarter revenue.

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Hacker Finds Old Tesla Infotainment Systems Hit eBay With Private User Data

Tesla recently started retrofitting new media control units into some of its older models and hacker GreenTheOnly has found that a selection of the old computers have ended up for sale online and still have confidential user data stored on them.

Shockingly, many of the old media control units replaced exclusively through official Tesla Service Centers of the company’s Mobile Service have hit the web and are being sold.

GreenTheOnly recently purchased a series of these old modules and found information regarding the “owner’s home and work location, all saved wi-fi passwords, calendar entries from the phone, call lists and address books from paired phones, Netflix and other stored session cookies,” all stored inside. The hacker added that Netflix session cookies allow hackers to take control of these accounts. In addition, he found Spotify passwords stored in clear text.

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Ryan Jeffrey Gerardi
Ryan Jeffrey Gerardi is Chief Editor of AutoConverse Magazine and Executive Producer and Host of the AutoConverse Podcast and Live Weekly Webcast called the Mobility Tech & Connectivity Show, or MTC Show. He is also Founder & President of AutoConversion with nearly 20 years experience in the transportation space. Ryan concentrates his efforts today on exploring people, ideas, and technologies related to how we get around and how we are connected, being a father and studying Taoism and Wu Wei.