Afternoon Coffee: Explosion at Toyota Supplier Japan Factory, Michigan Looks to Update Laws for Self-Driving Cars

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A Toyota supplier experienced an explosion at a factory in central Japan on May 30, causing injuries to multiple people. The Toyota braking component supplier, Advics Co., said it was assessing the damage of the explosion.

Michigan lawmakers have introduced a package of bills that would allow for self-driving cars to be sold and used in the state. Current state law allows only for testing of autonomous vehicles.

Norway has pledged zero deforestation in its public procurement, reportedly becoming the first country in the world to make such a commitment. The Norwegian parliament pledged last week to ensure deforestation-free supply chains throughout its procurement policy.

Consumer spending in the U.S. grew 1% in April, the largest jump in more than six years, according to data from the Commerce Department. Incomes increased 0.4% as well during the month, on par with March growth.


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