November 26, 2020


By Tina Bellon

Nov 23 (Reuters)Uber Technologies Inc UBER.N and Lyft Inc LYFT.O have been awarded a federal contract worth up to $810 million to offer their ride-hail services to public agencies and their more than 4 million employees and contractors across the country.

The General Services Administration (GSA), which manages services for federal agencies, issued its final five-year award on Monday, said Veronica Juarez, Lyft’s vice president of social enterprise and government.

While individual federal employees have previously been able to use ride-hail services for travel, the new contract allows the companies to formally launch their services within agencies and directly work with officials to promote the service.

Juarez said the award capped a nearly four-year negotiation process. She declined to say how much revenue Lyft expected from the contract, but said the U.S. government spends around $200 million on ground transportation each year.

Lyft also hopes the government contract will open doors to further collaboration on public health and equity projects that require transportation.

The GSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the agency in April announced the award to Uber and Lyft tentatively.

At the time, the agency said in a blog post that it had negotiated discounts with the companies of 2%-4% compared with large commercial customers and that Uber and Lyft had agreed to waive some additional fees.

Uber in a statement said working with the federal government was part of its Uber for Business program that serves large companies and organizations.

“The expansion of our customer base to include government is a natural next step for us, and we’re proud to help federal agencies tackle some of the biggest administrative challenges they face,” Ronnie Gurion, global head of Uber for Business, said in a statement.

(Reporting by Tina Bellon in New York; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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SEOUL, South Korea, Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — AUTOCRYPT, a global leader in autonomous vehicle security solutions, announced today that the company has been named “Automotive Cybersecurity Company of the Year” in the inaugural AutoTech Breakthrough Awards program conducted by the Tech Breakthrough organization, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for the most innovative technology companies in the world. The awards aim to recognize breakthrough technology companies, services, and products in the global automotive and transportation industry, one that is quickly growing amidst the developments of autonomous driving and 5G.

“AUTOCRYPT has committed to securing the future of autonomous driving and smart mobility. Our expertise in V2X security technology has allowed us to secure over 5000 kilometers of smart roads, gaining recognition from the automotive industry. It is, therefore, with great pleasure we accept this award from Tech Breakthrough in this inaugural program,” said Daniel ES Kim, CEO of AUTOCRYPT. “As technology develops, the risks involved increase and security should be nonnegotiable. We hope that as Automotive Cybersecurity Company of the Year we can continue to innovate and encourage the automotive industry in putting security first.”

This year’s inaugural program attracted more than 1,250 nominations from over 12 different countries throughout the world. “AUTOCRYPT is trusted by many of the major automotive and technology players in the global autonomous vehicle industry, helping drive the world towards a safe and secure future of autonomous mobility,” said Bryan Vaughn, Managing Director, AutoTech Breakthrough Awards. “We are proud to award AUTOCRYPT with one of our marquee awards in the AutoTech Breakthrough Awards program, the Automotive Cybersecurity Company of the Year designation, honoring the Company’s focus on innovation and the delivery of comprehensive solutions to protect the safety of drivers and pedestrians.”

Working with government and public institutions, the company has secured all smart roads in South Korea and is currently expanding business into China with its C-SCMS compliant technology. Offering decades of experience along with the most C-ITS security infrastructure in the world, AUTOCRYPT provides customizable solutions that leave no part of the autonomous vehicle ecosystem behind.

AUTOCRYPT is the leading player in transportation security technologies. Beginning in 2007 as an in-house venture at Penta Security Systems Inc., AUTOCRYPT spun off as a separate entity in 2019 as its presence expanded worldwide. Recognized by TU-Automotive as the Best Auto Cybersecurity Product/Solution of 2019, AUTOCRYPT continues to pave the way in transportation and mobility security through a multi-layered, holistic approach. Through security solutions for V2X/C-V2X, V2G (including PnC security), in-vehicle security, and Fleet Management, AUTOCRYPT ensures that security is prioritized before vehicles hit the road.

AutoTech Breakthrough, part of Tech Breakthrough, is a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, honoring excellence in automotive technologies, services, companies and products. The AutoTech Breakthrough Awards program provides a forum for public recognition around the achievements of AutoTech companies and solutions in categories including Connected Car, Electric Vehicles, Engine Tech, Automotive CyberSecurity, Sensor Technology, Traffic Tech, Vehicle Telematics


Washington, D.C. – U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today unveiled its Best Vehicle Brand awards and Best Certified Pre-Owned Program award. The Best Vehicle Brand awards, evaluating 34 brands, recognize industry-wide excellence for cars, SUVs, trucks and luxury vehicles. By highlighting the best brand in the four major segments of the automotive marketplace, the awards help consumers narrow their search for a new car. Drawing on data from the U.S. News Best Used Cars rankings and each auto brand’s CPO program parameters, the Best Certified Pre-Owned Program award highlights the CPO program that offers buyers the most benefits.

Mazda wins the Best Car Brand award on the strength of the Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mazda MX-5 Miata. All three models have top-notch performance that puts an emphasis on direct, sporty handling, as well as quality interiors that are more upscale than their price tags might suggest. This is the sixth consecutive year Mazda has won this award.

With a fresh, new lineup of SUVs in all sizes, Hyundai wins the Best SUV Brand award for the first time. The Hyundai SUV lineup ranges from the large and luxurious Hyundai Palisade to the midsize Santa Fe, compact Tucson and subcompact Venue. With so many updated models, Hyundai SUVs win points for offering buyers the latest in driver assistance and infotainment technology at an affordable price.

Ram wins the Best Truck Brand award on the strength of the Ram 1500, which is one of the few trucks on the market to make a case for itself as both a work vehicle and a daily driver. The Ram 1500 features a coil-over suspension that makes the Ram comfortable enough for commuting but capable enough for serious towing and hauling. The Ram interior features a top-notch infotainment system with intuitive controls and a huge touch screen. The interiors of high-end Ram trims feature materials that keep pace with what luxury SUVs offer.

This is the sixth consecutive Best Luxury Brand win for Porsche. Though the brand is known for sports cars, Porsche offers a lineup of vehicles that effortlessly marry performance with upscale panache. Though almost any Porsche is at home on a racetrack, all models feature driver-focused interiors built with high-end materials and plenty of comfort.

“Many buyers know the type of vehicle they want but not the best brands for their needs,” says Jamie Page Deaton, executive editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “The Best Vehicle Brand awards point consumers to the brands that excel in producing the type of vehicle each buyer is interested in.”

To determine the award winners, U.S. News Best Cars averaged the overall score of all the given brand’s products in each award class. The brand with the highest overall average score was named the winner in the category. The overall scores come directly from the U.S. News Best Cars rankings, which are based on a combination of the consensus of the automotive press, safety scores and reliability data.



“Piston Automotive is honored to be recognized by Ford Motor Company for both the Diversity Supplier of the Year Award and the Fitness Production Award.  Piston Automotive is a leading MBE focused on complex module assemblies and value creation. Our dedicated team champions innovation and delivers on best in class performance that ultimately drives Piston Automotive’s success. These awards reflect the close collaboration and commitment to deliver on flexible and high-quality solutions to our customers’ most complex challenges.

It is our mission to leave things better then when we found them, this means giving people better jobs, an opportunity for a better life and as a business it means finding the right partners to work with to better the communities that we live and work in. We are proud to be a supplier to Ford Motor Company, a company that shares our principles, values and dedication to social equity,” said Vinnie Johnson, Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Piston Group.

“Ford’s annual World Excellence Awards recognize our top-performing suppliers for their contributions to our success,” said Hau Thai-Tang, chief product platform and operations officer. “Congratulations to Piston Automotive for being a recipient of this coveted award. Thank you for all that you do in support of Ford Motor Company.”

Honorees were recognized for achieving the highest levels of global excellence in categories, including:

  • Primary brand pillar awards in winning portfolio, propulsion choices, autonomous technology and connected services categories
  • Fitness awards for suppliers that most exemplify the framework’s principles, with an emphasis on quality, value and innovation
  • Special recognition for suppliers that deliver results exceeding expectations
  • Diverse supplier of the year and supplier diversity development corporation of the year for suppliers that excel in integrating diversity into their organization and business process
  • Sustainability supplier of the year for a supplier that improves the business environment
  • Gold and silver for supplier manufacturing sites demonstrating superior quality, delivery and cost performance throughout the year

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Please Select a CategoryDriver of the YearInnovationThe Bernard Molloy Apprenticeship Awards Rising StarsLeaders AwardsOutstanding AchievementSupply ChainSustainabilityBattery LogisticsCharging InfrastructureService ExcellenceEV of the YearStartupMobility as a ServiceUrban Transport

The award is presented to the driver who has demonstrated dedication to the industry through integrity, safety and exceptional service. Drivers are at the heart of the automotive industry and are responsible for representing their company’s ethos and delivering customer satisfaction. Those shortlisted will have performed exceptionally over a 12-month period, displaying high levels of skill, dedication and professionalism.

This award is to recognise the brilliance of teamwork and partnership to execute a new idea, product or way of working, that sees tangible benefits for the industry and streamlines operations.

The awards will be presented to both apprenticeship organisations or programmes as well as to individual apprentices who have demonstrated dedication to training, learning and sharing of information benefiting a new generation, that ultimately benefits the industry as a whole.

Making waves within their field the rising stars have been recognised by their peers for their hard-working nature, fresh innovative thinking, the delivery of effective solutions and the value they bring to both their company and customers, demonstrating a star in the making.

Presented to individuals who encompass all the great attributes of leadership. Demonstrating excellence in their field, grasping the wider concepts of the industry and effectively leading their team/s to new heights. Outstanding individuals bringing significant benefits to their company.

This award honours an individual, who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in service to the automotive industry. The Outstanding Achievement Award recognises an individual that has, over the course of his or her career, contributed significantly to the industry and been a positive influencer not only to those with whom they collaborate, but also within the wider industry as a whole

This award will go to the LSP which has demonstrated an outstanding level of achievement in the provision of cost-effective and innovative supply chain solutions and whose continuous improvement and innovative solutions drive results for both the customer and their organisation.

The Sustainability Award will be presented to the company who has demonstrated an ongoing significant commitment to protecting the environment by developing solutions to sustainably reducing their environmental footprint through both operations and investment.

Battery Logistics
This award will be given to the company that presents the most significant development within the automotive lithium-ion battery supply chain. The winner will have demonstrated an industry leading solution, for better, safer and more efficient battery handling practices.

This award will be presented to the organisation which has demonstrated a significant contribution towards the development of a sustainable charging network, including new technologies and relevant infrastructure in support of the widescale adoption of electric vehicles.

The award will go to the operator which has gone over and above normal service levels to deliver excellence within its operations for its customers. The Service Excellence Award recognises a company