Economics & Economy

Marketplace Tech for Friday, September 30, 2016

11 hours ago

On today's show, we'll interview Volvo America CEO Lex Kerssemakers about the company's plans for semi-autonomous vehicles. Plus, we'll play this week's Silicon Tally with Michael Bellavia, an Emmy Award-winning video producer who heads the digital agency HelpsGood.

Full interview: Volvo America CEO on driverless cars

12 hours ago
Molly Wood and Stephanie Hughes

Volvo is going all-in on self-driving cars.  The company has already announced its Vision 2020 plan, saying no one will be seriously hurt or killed in a Volvo by 2020. Yesterday in Detroit, Volvo announced that anyone will be able to buy a self-driving Volvo in five years. The company expects autonomous driving will be a $10,000  option on its cars by then. 

We spoke with Lex Kerssemakers, the CEO of Volvo North America, about the projected timeline for driverless car technology, and about Volvo's collaboration with Uber. 

Natalie Moore

Jordan Buckner grew up on the South Side of Chicago and is creator of Tea Squares, puffed millet-filled bites with raw almonds or pumpkin seeds infused with organic tea powder.

“For me it was important that we actually eat a lot healthier than eating the normal chips and candy that we often eat to kind of get through our day,” Buckner said.

Buckner is one of 35 small South Side businesses featured in a new Whole Foods Englewood store that opened this week.

Did Trump break the Cuba embargo?

23 hours ago
Donna Tam

Donald Trump’s company broke the U.S.-Cuba embargo in 1998 by sending consultants to the island to research a business venture, Newsweek reported today.

Viacom and CBS — a media re-merger?

Sep 29, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

National Amusements, the media conglomerate controlled by the Redstone family, has publicly asked the boards of CBS and Viacom to consider a merger. Both companies are owned by National Amusements; they have separate boards, managements and stocks.

The suggestion comes as Shari Redstone, the daughter of Sumner Redstone, consolidates control over the media empire created by her now-ailing father, who is 93.