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Another investigation. Despite Tesla's claims that the Center for Investigative Reporting's deep dive into its workplace injury-reporting practices was filled with "disinformation," California's Division of Occupational Health and Safety said Wednesday it is investigating the automaker over allegations of workplace hazards and misreporting injuries. The agency joins the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Labor Relations Board, which are investigating Tesla over a fatal crash involving Autopilot and accusations of unfair labor practices.
Ugh, lobbyists. The New Hampshire Legislature is facing slowdowns in the passage of a bill to regulate autonomous vehicles. After the legislation passed the state House, a representative said legislators have seen "aggressive" lobbying from autonomous vehicle manufacturers to loosen the language of the bill to facilitate self-driving deployment. The tactics come as the federal government grapples with how to regulate the technology after an Uber test vehicle killed a pedestrian in Arizona in March.
- Uber denies its chief technology officer met with Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm at the heart of Facebook's data-selling scandal.
- Alibaba joins fellow Chinese tech giants in testing autonomous vehicles in the country.
- Are Tesla's government partnerships really for the greater good— At least the carmaker has a new partner in oil giant British Petroleum.
- The final Otto co-founder departs Uber.
- Los Angeles regulators help fast-track Elon Musk's tunneling plans.
- This neighborhood banned nonresident drivers on its road during certain hours.
- Chevy owners can now protect themselves from the elements by paying for gas inside their cars.