Beep, a Florida-based autonomous Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) provider, and Local Motors by LM Industries announced a strategic partnership and new reseller agreement. The collaborative agreement is intended to significantly expand the number of AV shuttles on both public and private roads, enabling Beep and Local Motors to bring autonomous solutions to more people and enhance the rider experience through continued testing and safe deployments.  

Under the reseller agreement, Local Motors will provide Beep with Olli 2.0 autonomous, electric, 3D-printed shuttles for future customer deployments. Beep and Local Motors will also team up to advance and expand the operating domain of multi-passenger, autonomous vehicles in concert with their ongoing testing and information sharing program through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  

Manheim added six additional locations to its in-lane bidding pilot sites this week.

Starting June 20, Manheim El Paso, Manheim Hawaii, Manheim Louisville, Manheim New England, Manheim NY Metro Skyline and Manheim St. Louis are featuring in-lane bidding.

There are now 35 sites reopened to in-lane bidding since the COVID-19 shutdowns.

Due to rising infection levels in California, Manheim has delayed the pilot of in-lane bidding at Manheim Fresno.

Amynta Group, an insurance services provider of property & casualty and warranty protection products and services, has acquired Pivotal Solutions Inc., based in Fishers, Ind. Founded in 1999, Pivotal Solutions is a strategic partner to automotive dealer groups, providing F&I solutions, training and development to drive customer engagement and deliver superior F&I performance for its dealers.

Pivotal Solutions establishes Amynta Dealer Services’ presence in the Midwest and will continue to operate under the leadership of Rob Norris, who stated the move “is a great opportunity to continue to grow with our clients.”

CarMD.com Corporation released its 10th annual state ranking of check engine light-related car repair costs, which finds in 2019 Vermont had the lowest average repair cost ($342.14) while California drivers incurred the highest average repair cost ($414.24). Rounding out the five most affordable states for car repair over the past year were Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa. After California, the District of Columbia, Georgia, New Jersey and Virginia were the states/districts with the highest repair costs. CarMD analyzed data from more than 15.9 million cars, trucks, vans and SUVs needing repairs in 2019 to compile this ranking. This is the second time California has ranked most expensive and the second time Vermont has ranked the least expensive state for car repairs over the past decade.   

CarMD’s ranking of the five states/districts with the highest car repair costs in 2019:

 

California has the most expensive repairs
California has the most expensive repairs

 

1. California, $414.24
2. District of Columbia, $410.16
3. Georgia, $409.92
4. New Jersey, $403.43
5. Virginia, $403.19

 

 

 

 

CarMD’s ranking of the five states/districts with the lowest car repair costs in 2019:

 Vermont has the best repair prices
Vermont has the best repair prices

 

 

47. Iowa, $356.57
48. Michigan, $350.77
49. Wisconsin, $349.08
50. Ohio, $348.79
51. Vermont, $342.14

The North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) Awards has again updated its list of eligible vehicles for the 2021 awards as automakers have announced additional qualifying candidates.

2020 Dodge Durango
2020 Dodge Durango

The five additional vehicles are:

· Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e

· Audi Q5 55 TFSI e

· Chrysler Pacifica

· Dodge Durango

· Kia Sorento

NACTOY is accepting entries later than usual to better accommodate this year’s product launch delays and plans to announce a final list by the end of August.

“The more we learn about automakers’ new product plans for this year, the more it becomes clear that competition for our 2021 awards will be as fierce as ever,” said NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg. “These latest additions include two plug-in hybrids from Audi, two additional entries from Fiat Chrysler and an all-new Kia Sorento.”

NACTOY’s 50 jurors will test and evaluate all eligible vehicles as they are made available through the rest of this year, including during an annual comparison drive that will be held Oct. 5-8 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Semi-Finalists in each category will be announced in November at the LA Auto Show, finalists in December and category winners in Detroit in January 2021.

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