Good morning from Quick Shift, your daily dose of the future of transportation. Today, President Donald Trump breaks with Republicans, and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi feels really, really sorry for all that trouble his company caused. Check out our top headlines below. -- Shiraz Ahmed
Try this on for size: Axios is reporting that President Donald Trump considered a 25-cent federal gas tax increase to pay for infrastructure in a meeting of lawmakers and top White House officials on Wednesday. Such a proposal has been considered anathema to conservative orthodoxy. The last time the federal gas tax was raised was in 1993. Go to Axios for the full report with comments from the administration.
The comeback tour: Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is continuing his rounds of contrition on behalf of the scandal-plagued company, expressing regret Wednesday at a Goldman Sachs technology conference.
"We strive to be and should be a brand that is as beloved as Amazon and Google," Khosrowshahi said, per the Associated Press. "We have a long way to go, but we have to re-earn our consumer and driver trust. Just getting the love back is a very important priority for us."
We thought Groundhog Day was over: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Uconnect headache continues after an over-the-air update caused some systems to repeatedly reboot. The Verge reports that the problem is isolated to the northeastern U.S. and that FCA is blaming SiriusXM Travel Link and is attempting to disable the app.
- Will self-driving cars be self-aware?
- The latest global traffic congestion report from Inrix, a transportation research firm, said congestion in the U.S. cost $305 billion in economic activity in 2017.
- Tesla has delivered its 300,000th vehicle, reports Electrek.
- Volkswagen wants humans and robots to work side by side.
- LimeBike gets $70 million in additional funding.
- DroneBase gets $12 million to bring augmented reality to drone videos.
- California ready for an emissions-law battle with the Trump administration.
- This app lets riders juggle competing Uber and Lyft rides.
- Farmers in China use artificial intelligence to track their pigs.