Quick spin: Daily mobility news for 1.17.18

Good morning from your friends at Quick Spin! We’;re wrapping up at the North American International Auto Show and looking forward to a long break from convention centers. If you haven’;t had enough, check out our coverage from the Automotive News World Congress, where industry leaders share their views on the challenges of the future. — Katie Burke

As the Uber world turns. There may be no limit to the oddities of Uber under former CEO Travis Kalanick. A nanny for Anthony Levandowski, the Uber engineer at the center of Waymo’;s trade secrets lawsuit, is suing her former boss, alleging he broke employment laws, and claims he stole secrets from Tesla. And a new report details how Kalanick attempted to make amends with a driver after a video leaked last year of him shouting and insulting the driver. A meeting between the 2 that was intended for a quick apology turned into an hourlong affair, with conflicting reports of what transpired.

‘Arrogance of the algorithm.’; Safety advocate and former NHTSA Administrator Joan Claybrook admonished lawmakers during a panel in Detroit. While congressmen on both sides of the aisle defended a bill that would exempt manufacturers from many safety standards to advance the deployment of self-driving vehicles, Claybrook claimed the legislation would turn the public into “guinea pigs” for unproven technology.

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Self-driving cars have yet to become idiot-proof.

A look at the potential negative effects of autonomy on social equality.

BMW acquires parking app Parkmobile, which it previously held a majority stake in.

GM increases investment in autonomous vehicles.

Ferrari plans for an electric supercar.

The Trump administration will meet with California regulators on fuel-efficiency requirements.

It’;s not new news, but it’;s worth looking at the freshened BMW i8 one more time because it’;s such a beautiful car.

A shipping company plans to use blockchain to track millions of containers floating around the planet.

Shell takes major stake in Nashville solar company Silicon Ranch Corp.

Reusing waste energy is good for many things, but not Wi-Fi.

Softbank invests €460 million ($ 562 million) in Germany’;s Auto1 car dealer platform.

The Washington Post is worried your car is turning into Big Brother.

Google is laying new submarine cables to speed up the Internet.

A private firefighting company in Ukraine uses 2 Teslas as emergency vehicles.

India’;s self-driving conundrum. (video)

NASA proves it can navigate using pulsars, the stuff of science fiction.

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