GM Pivots to Building Ventilators, and More Car News This Week


HOW ARE YOU doing? As we move into the second month of the US’ coronavirus crisis, it’s the question that’s peppered every email, text, and Slack message. Like most simple queries, the answer is often, “Well, it’s complicated.” Essential workers—like those who staff emergency rooms and grocery stores—feel fortunate to still have paychecks. But they must expose themselves to the possible infection, while Covid-19-related public transit service cuts make it harder for them to get to work. Many gig workers, like those working for Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart, are glad to not be sick. But many say companies they work for are not doing enough to protect them and society at large. The tinkerers at manufacturers like Ford and Virgin Orbit are excited to be part of the nationwide project to build more ventilators. But wouldn’t it be nice if their businesses weren’t also falling apart around them?


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