Afternoon Coffee: Uber Teams Up With NASA in Flying Car Project, Kobe Steel Reports on Data Scandal

Uber has signed an agreement with NASA to create a new air-traffic control system that will regulate the company’s flying car project, The Verge reports. The news comes from a slew of announcements by Uber regarding Uber Elevate, which aims to provide an aerial taxi service in Dubai, Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles by 2020.

Kobe Scandal

A lack of quality controls and a focus on profits caused the widespread data tampering at Kobe Steel, Reuters reports. The Japanese steelmaker “promised to automate more of its operations and reorganize its quality control systems” to protect against future incidents.

NAFTA Update

The Trump administration is proposing to withdraw Mexican truckers’ ability to operate long-haul routes in the US, according to Bloomberg. The proposal adds yet another contentious demand to a list that is preventing NAFTA members from reaching an agreement on an updated version of the trade pact.

Eurozone Growth

And finally, a positive economic note to end the week: The European Union said the bloc is on track for its fastest growth in a decade, the Wall Street Journal reports, as political uncertainties recede and the global economic recovery continues to gain steam.

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