MAR­KET IN­DI­CA­TORS

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS.CA -

Volvo’s new South Carolina:

The Swe­den-based au­tomaker says that the next-gen­er­a­tion Volvo S60 sedan will be the first car to roll out of the 2.3-mil­lion-square-foot (215,000-square-me­tre) fa­cil­ity in North Amer­ica some­time in 2019. Up to 60,000 copies of this par­tic­u­lar model will be built for world­wide con­sump­tion. The plant will also em­ploy up to 2,000 work­ers that will even­tu­ally as­sem­ble a num­ber of other ve­hi­cles built us­ing the same plat­form.

Con­sumer trust in self-driv­ing au­to­mo­biles:

Based on a sur­vey by re­search firm J.D. Power, an in­creas­ing num­ber of re­spon­dents are ex­press­ing a lack of trust in au­tonomous-ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy, com­pared to the same sur­vey con­ducted a year ago. Other than peo­ple born be­tween 1977 and 1994, ev­ery other seg­ment ex­pressed an in­creas­ing dis­trust of the tech­nol­ogy. Com­plex­ity, pri­vacy and hard­ware/soft­ware hack­ing is­sues were most fre­quently men­tioned as the rea­sons for the re­spon­dents con­cerns.

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