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First Shift: GM gets a $1 billion legal reprieve
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GM gets a $1 billion legal reprieve; Ford's 'do not drive' directive raises questions; Audi still ahead in China; New way to send cars Down Under; Blackberry's cybersecurity tips.

Waymo chief pops up at Detroit show with Chrysler Pacifica tester
Sharon Silke Carty | @sharoncarty |

Even though self-driving-car company and Google spinoff Waymo didn't make any news in Detroit this week, CEO John Krafcik showed up at Cobo Center in a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica.

Quick spin: Daily mobility news for 1.17.18
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There may be no limit to the oddities of Uber under former CEO Travis Kalanick.

Subaru invests $2 million in American Center for Mobility in Mich.
Dustin Walsh |

The American Center for Mobility secured $2 million in funding from Subaru of America, the suburban Detroit autonomous vehicle testing site said at the Detroit auto show.

Automakers put on a show in Detroit as policy storms loom in D.C.
Ryan Beene and John Lippert |

New models soaked up the spotlight at the Detroit auto show this week but policy decisions coming from Washington in 2018 may do more to determine the future health of the industry.

Hackett almost didn't take Ford CEO job, suggested someone else for role
Michael Martinez | @MikeMartinez_AN |

When Jim Hackett was offered the position as CEO of Ford last May, he almost declined. "I needed time with my family and a deep moment to think about it," he said.

Ford expects autonomy, mobility to take $300M bite out of 2017 earnings
Michael Martinez | @MikeMartinez_AN |

Ford expects its investment on mobility and autonomous vehicles to reduce its 2017 earnings by $300 million, providing a breakout of its investments in the future for the first time.

BlackBerry exec warns against cybersecurity 'Band-Aid'
John Irwin | @JohnDIrwin |

Automakers and suppliers must make enhancing cybersecurity a key focus if the connected, autonomous vehicles of the future are to be safe, the president of BlackBerry Technology Solutions said.

Quick Spin: Daily mobility news for 1.16.18
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed that he intends to step down in 2019 in a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg in which he predicts widespread Level 4 autonomy and electrification in 10 years.

Quick spin: Daily mobility news for 1.15.18
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We're zooming into the North American International Auto Show in Detroit straight off the plane from CES in Las Vegas. No rest for the tech-loving weary. Here's a look at what's making news today.

At CES, time to make cool stuff real stuff
Katie Burke | @KatieGBurke and Shiraz Ahmed | @shirazzzz |

There was lots of talk and several demonstrations of self-driving cars at CES, but it was striking to notice which companies did not attend this massive consumer electronics extravaganza.

Aurora Innovation emerges from shadows
Katie Burke | @KatieGBurke |

The self-driving startup has star power on its exec team, who come from Google, Tesla and Uber.

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