Flight Attendants Rebel Against the Unfriendly Skies

Reports of passengers’ bad behavior on commercial flights have been all over the news.

This behavior has taken its toll on flight attendants. Already stressed by a myriad of challenges in the workplace, they have had to endure insults, aggressive behavior, and threats from passengers. The pandemic has upended their workload and schedules and made uncertainty a permanent work stressor, but their well-being is critical to the quality of air travel.


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Lyft Divests Autonomous Driving Unit

To save operating expenses in areas beyond its core ride-sharing business, Lyft has agreed to sell its autonomous-driving unit to Toyota.

The divestment will allow Lyft to partner with Toyota to develop vehicles for its autonomous ride-hailing networks.  The partnership will further the companies’ mission to advance mobility technologies on a global scale.


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Ford Ion Park: Vertical Integration for Batteries

Ford is launching a new battery development center called Ford Ion Park in Southeast Michigan.  The center’s purpose is to conduct research on building battery cells for electric cars that are long lasting, quick to charge, and sustainable for the environment.

By preparing to make the batteries in-house, Ford will be less dependent on overseas suppliers and stay competitive with other car makers such as Tesla, Volkswagen, and General Motors.


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Demand Outpaces Supply for Rental Cars

Rental car prices have skyrocketed, surprising some travelers who are also finding vehicles hard to come by.

In some high demand locations, rental car costs exceed $300 per day.  Some of the worst regions of the country, such as southern California or Florida, saw March rates exceed $500 per day.

Even if customers are willing to pay these rates, they may find it impossible to get a vehicle, due to pandemic-related shortages.


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