NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for November 24, 2017

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–Uber Hack exposed 57M customers/drivers and Uber covered it UP—

–TX fight heats up over road funding—

–NAFTA still at an impasse—

–All BMWi3 models recalled due to overall safety for small women—

–New Orleans needs to pay back $23M to motorists for RLC tickets–

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Uber’s Hacking Mess Is another Setback to a Turnaround Effort

The appointment of Dara Khosrowshahi as head of Uber Technologies Inc. this summer was supposed to mark the beginning of a new chapter. The company had been racing from one disaster to the next, leading to boycotts, lawsuits, criminal probes, an executive exodus and an investor-led mutiny against the co-founder. Somehow, the new chief executive officer keeps finding more horrors at every turn. The latest is a cyberattack Uber had been concealing since last year that exposed personal data on 57 million customers and drivers globally. The company, which said it had paid hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep quiet, disclosed the incident in a statement to Bloomberg on Tuesday, following an investigation commissioned by the board. The chief security officer and one of his deputies were ousted for their actions following the hack.

Pope Francis Has Asked Italian Traffic Police to Have ‘Mercy’ on Delinquent Drivers

Drivers taking liberties with Rome’s narrow streets and tight corners now have a new patron to thank if they get pulled over: Pope Francis. At a meeting in Rome this week, the Pontiff asked Italian traffic police to show a little more understanding for Italy’s more inventive drivers, while criticizing a modern “lifestyle” of “haste and a competitiveness” for “turning the streets into Formula One tracks and the traffic-lights into the starting block of a Grand Prix.” “Mercy is not a sign of weakness”, the Pope told Italian police. “Nor does it require giving up the use of force.”

If Not Tolls Or Taxes, What Then? Texans Grapple with Funding Highways

In an attempt to manage the growing congestion on Texas highways, and corresponding rates of frustration for drivers, the Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, has been implementing what could be called a market-driven approach to driving.  Rather than spend more state dollars on highway-building, Texas has turned to the private sector, which has built toll roads whose cost to drivers fluctuates with traffic demand.

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