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Spotify Car View Simplified View “Abolished”

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When Spotify introduced a simplified browsing mode for accessing the service in cars in 2019, it seemed like a smart way to keep drivers less distracted. Whenever the smartphone connected to the car via Bluetooth, additional elements disappeared from the screen, including menu buttons and album art. Instead, the playback control buttons got bigger. However, to the chagrin of those who have gotten used to Car View, Spotify has now announced that it has been “abolished.”

In response to a user who noticed that the mode had disappeared from his Android app, a Spotify spokesperson said on a support forum that the company is “actively exploring many new options to provide the best way to listen to music in the car.” He added that the removal of Car View is necessary to “give way to new innovations.”

The moderator suggested using Google Assistant (or Siri on iOS) to control Spotify hands-free, which would also work when navigating using Google or Apple Maps.

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Are American lives more important than Mexican lives? Crash test of two Hyundai cars for different markets clearly showed the problem of double standards in the industry

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Global NCAP experts decided to bring together in one crash test two similar cars created for different markets.

Are American lives more important than Mexican lives?  Crash test of two Hyundai cars for different markets clearly showed the problem of double standards in the industry

Hyundai Accent for the US market and Hyundai Grand i10 for Mexico and Latin America decided to push their foreheads together. These are the most affordable models of the Korean company, which are sold in their respective markets. This is not the same car under different names, as sometimes happens, but still the difference in results was huge.

Just one video is enough to understand that the Grand i10 received much more damage. Unfortunately, the same applies to mannequins. Grand i10 is equipped with only two frontal airbags compared to six in Accent. This further aggravated the situation for the first model. It ended up with zero stars. The source does not disclose the Accent result, but speaks of good driver protection. In addition, if you look at the IHSS website, you can see that this car received the maximum score on almost all points.

With this comparison, Global NCAP specialists want to draw attention to the problem of double standards of automakers that are used when creating cars for different markets.

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The Wall Street Journal: Tesla will close one of its offices in California and lay off 200 employees who worked on improving the autopilot

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The Wall Street Journal, citing its own sources, reported that Tesla plans to liquidate one of its offices in California, about 200 employees will be laid off.

The Wall Street Journal: Tesla will close one of its offices in California and lay off 200 employees who worked on improving the autopilot

According to the publication, in order to reduce costs, the company is closing an office in San Mateo. More than half of its staff has received notices of dismissal from their positions, and the remainder of the staff will be distributed among other company offices. It is noted that most of the employees who were laid off were engaged in improving the Tesla autopilot.

Earlier, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he had a “very bad feeling about [американской] economy” and warned of the intention to “cut approximately 10% of employees” and “suspend hiring worldwide.” Speaking at the technology All-in Summit conference in Miami in mid-May, Musk said that the United States economy is in a recession and will come out of it no earlier than a year.

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Sunset of the ICE era. EU Council approves CO2 car phase-out initiative

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Sunset of the ICE era EU Council approves CO2 car

The countries of the European Union have approved an initiative to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions by 2035 for new cars and trucks.

The Council agreed to increase the CO2 emission reduction targets <...> by 2030 to 55% for passenger cars and 50% for trucks. The council also approved a 100% carbon reduction target for new cars by 2035.

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Sunset of the ICE era.  EU Council approves CO2 car phase-out initiative

Bloomberg suggested that by 2035, many automakers will have to switch to the production of electric vehicles. The agency also noted that the EU initiative actually heralds the end of the era of internal combustion engines (ICE).

Earlier, the European Parliament also supported a ban on the sale of cars and vans with above-zero CO2 emissions from fossil fuels after 2035.

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