Ride News Now: June 4, 2019

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In this episode of Ride News Now with Alison Haislip, germs love rideshare cars, one company aims to build a bunch more EVs, and Tesla’s Navigate feature might not be a great commuting option.

  • Let’s talk germs. If given a choice between a rideshare seat belt buckle and a toilet seat, you’d probably guess the commode harbors more microscopic baddies, correct? In fact, you’d be wrong. It’s the rideshare car that is the germ sanctuary. A recent study, albeit one with a small sample size, has discovered that rideshare vehicles aren’t cleaned as often as they should be. The result is a germ hotel into which you’re about to check in.
  • Next, Volkswagen is eager to crank out more electric options. Its new ID.3 hatchback EV has folks excited, but VW wants even more of the electric market. The German automaker has added two new factories in China and, paired with a factory in Germany, plans to produce a million electric vehicles per year.
  • Finally, Tesla drivers have a semi-autonomous option available for highway commuting. It’s called “Navigate” and it sounds like it’s not exactly ready for primetime. Consumer Reports found that the system drives much in the same manner as a freshly licensed teen. That means oddly aggressive lane changes, little space left between other cars, and potentially illegal passing in the right lane. Maybe Tesla drivers should navigate using the old school method of watching the road, and taking control of their car?

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