Vehicle Technology

Google's autonomous tech can be considered driver under federal law, NHTSA says

8:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads.... Read More »

Q&A

Nissan plans big strides in connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Nissan is working to leverage its early lead in electric vehicles for bigger strides in autonomy and connectivity. Richard Candler, Nissan Europe's head of advanced product planning, provided details in an interview.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: 'Autopia' future promoted by Google and Apple will hurt traditional carmakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Industry disrupters such as Google and Apple are better funded than their potential rivals from the automotive field. That could be bad news for traditional auto companies, an industry analyst said.... Read More »

Army marches forward with self-driving trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

The U.S. Army is developing driverless trucks and could end up operating the largest fleet of autonomous vehicles. A key test comes this summer when the Army conducts road tests in Michigan.... Read More »

BMW's laser headlights showcase Osram's mass-market goals

Feb. 6, 2016 06:15 CET

German supplier Osram is equipping BMW 7-series sedans with laser headlight modules, marking a move to the mass-market for the technology, which is already available on BMW's i8 plug-in hybrid suprcar and Audi's R8 LMX sports car.... Read More »

Obama seeks $10-a-barrel oil tax for self-driving cars, transport outlays

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

President Obama will propose a $10 per barrel tax on oil in his fiscal 2017 budget to finance self driving cars, public transit, railroads and other transportation improvements, the White House said.... Read More »

Delphi Q4 net income slides 44% in 'challenging global marketplace'

11:59 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Automotive electronics and technology supplier Delphi Automotive's fourth-quarter net income fell 44 percent from the year-earlier period to $192 million despite revenue and other measures that topped expectations.... Read More »

Cybersecurity experts urge automakers to take steps to stop hackers

4:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

As vehicles become increasingly more connected to smartphones, infrastructure and other vehicles, it will become vital for all parties to collaborate and become informed on the risks associated with connectivity, a panel of four experts said at an event in Detroit.... Read More »

Google expands self-driving car testing to Washington state

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Google parent company Alphabet said its self-driving car project will expand testing to Kirkland, Wash., later this month, the third city where it is testing autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

Microbus-styled mini-MPV to use new electric platform

11:09 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

The purely electric and distantly Microbus-related Volkswagen BUDD-e will see production in the near future, Britain's Car magazine reports.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Opel CEO on reaching breakeven in 2016: 'We can see the target now'

Feb. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

Karl-Thomas Neumann says Opel has beaten all internal targets since he arrived four years ago as CEO and this year the automaker expects to break even after more than a decade of losses. Neumann spoke with Automotive News Europe about the challenges that need to be overcome to reach this point.... Read More »

Zetsche: Apple, Google 'can do more' than we thought

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and other a handful of his senior execs met recently with around 70 companies in Silicon Valley, according to the German weekly Welt am Sonntag. Asked about Google and Apple's automotive pursuits, Zetsche told the newspaper: “Our impression was that these companies can do more and know more than we had previously assumed.”... Read More »

Got gadgets?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Some of the most revolutionary innovations originate not with carmakers but with the suppliers who provide the building blocks and concepts that reshape the industry. Here is a sampling of some of the most cutting-edge technologies.... Read More »

Cheap gas hits hybrid, EV residuals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2016

Beware! Falling gasoline prices are hitting the residual values of used hybrids, electrics and plug-ins - hard. The influx of used small cars set to return to the market is just going to make matters worse.... Read More »

Cox Automotive acquires stake in F&I company

1:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Cox Automotive has acquired a minority interest in SilverRock Holdings, which owns three service-contract and insurance companies. The purchase will give dealers affiliated with GO Financial and NextGear Capital the ability to offer consumers extended service contracts, GAP and other insurance, as well as vehicle-theft recovery products.... Read More »

GM names executive to lead autonomous driving efforts

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

GM is reorganizing certain vehicle engineering operations to speed efforts to develop autonomous and electrified vehicles. Doug Parks, GM's vice president for global product programs, will become vice president for autonomous technology and vehicle execution, reporting to global product chief Mark Reuss.... Read More »

Harman posts strong quarterly gains from auto business

11:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Harman International Industries, which supplies audio and telematics systems to the auto industry, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong demand from automakers.... Read More »

ZF TRW signs office lease for global electronics business

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

ZF TRW plans to open its global electronics headquarters in suburban Detroit by the end of the second quarter following a lease of a 171,000-square-foot office building.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Beware the pitfalls of digital ads

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

The industrywide push to put much of the car buying and financing process online, including ads, is a good thing. But dealers should make sure that online ads don’t come back to haunt them.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Will Volvo's S90L land stateside?

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Is an even more luxurious, longer variant of Volvo's S90 sedan in the cards for North America?... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM shifts r&d role to meet new realities

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

GM researchers, working in four locations around the globe, are focused more on developing products and technologies that can be put into production in years, not decades.... Read More »

DAVID UNDERCOFFLER

A driving enthusiast can't wait for self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

My love for cars is in my DNA. So why I am looking forward to the day I don't have to drive?... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

The risk of being an auto pioneer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Some companies making the most noise about transforming the car have a poor record of delivering world-class vehicles when they are distracted.... Read More »

Over-the-air updates on varied paths

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Over-the-air vehicle updates aren't just for Tesla anymore. But other manufacturers lack such easy remote access to their vehicles in service. So they're choosing from several ways to get software updates into cars, including options that loop in the owner's smartphone.... Read More »

PORT AUTHORITY

Why Mercedes-Benz is reasserting control over connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Well-funded startups such as Automatic, Vinli and Zubie are selling under-the-dashboard dongles that can plug into a car's electronics and communicate data wirelessly to a smartphone or computer, effectively turning any car into a connected car. Automakers are pushing back.... Read More »

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