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BLOG: So long side mirrors, hello cameras

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Audi and Mercedes-Benz are among the automakers that believe they will be able persuade legislators in key global markets that side mirrors need to be replaced by cameras to make future models more aerodynamic and fuel efficient.... Read More »

Bosch's popular diesel engine software was not preprogrammed to cheat

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

A popular diesel engine management program used by several top automakers, including Volkswagen AG, was not pre-programmed to detect when a vehicle was undergoing laboratory emissions testing, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a former EPA official.... Read More »

Toyota unveils new self-driving safety tech, targets 2020 autonomous drive

9:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

Toyota said it will deploy autonomous driving systems by 2020 and take a big step forward this year by deploying technology that allows vehicles to talk to each other, scan blind spots, warn of changing traffic lights and keep a safe distance from other cars. Also on tap are more advanced self-driving technologies, now being tested, that can autonomously merge Toyota cars onto and off from highways and even change lanes.... Read More »

PSA has no plans to return to India any time soon

Oct. 6, 2015 15:32 CET

PSA says it has no plans to re-enter India's car market any time soon after a report said the carmaker is in talks with Tata to form a local partnership that could oversee production and distribution in the market and share technology.... Read More »

BMW car-sharing program quits San Francisco

5:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

DriveNow, the car-sharing program owned by BMW that allows drivers to rent electric cars by the minute, is pulling out of San Francisco, the only U.S. city in which it operates, the company said Monday.... Read More »

Ford touts driving technology for scary L.A. traffic conditions

7:49 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Ford took its mobility technology road show to L.A. on Monday, touting semi-autonomous driving features in a city known for its scary driving conditions.... Read More »

Average fuel economy of new cars dips 3rd time in 4 months

3:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

The average fuel economy of new U.S. light vehicles declined for the third time in four months in September, a University of Michigan report found.... Read More »


BLOG: Volvo takes bold next step in self-driving push

6:33 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Volvo has made another strong move that shows how serious it is about being No. 1 in autonomous driving.... Read More »

Nissan's concept aims to engage 'share native' generation

1:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Nissan shares its vision for ultraconnected digital-era driving at this month's Tokyo Motor Show with a concept minicar in which nearly every conceivable cabin surface is laminated with touch screen displays.... Read More »


With QNX, BlackBerry finds more room in the car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

This year, QNX notched a huge victory by delivering the underlying software for the latest version of Ford Motor Co.'s Sync system. Now, the division that operates QNX, known as BlackBerry Technology Solutions, is broadening its portfolio of automotive offerings to include over-the-air software updates and back-end software for automated driving.... Read More »

The Japanese emissions equipment maker that humbled VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Horiba, an obscure Japanese manufacturer that makes about 70 percent of the world's auto emissions testing systems, played a key role in uncovering violations that promise to dog Volkswagen for months to come.... Read More »


BLOG: Google's prototype car earned my trust, even when it stopped cold

11:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Google's latest self-driving car prototype left me with a warm, cuddly feeling of trust, even when it malfunctioned with me inside, slamming hard on the brakes and refusing to move.... Read More »

Hyundai loses $28.9 million patent infringement trial

6:49 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Hyundai and affiliate Kia were told to pay a Baltimore company $28.9 million after a federal jury said the South Korean carmakers infringed patents related to hybrid engines. The companies pledged to appeal.... Read More »

Mercedes names new chief of China r&d center

Oct. 2, 2015 12:10 CET

Mercedes named Hans Georg Engel to run its r&d center in Beijing where he will oversee the expansion of the unit, which is planned to almost double in size by the end of the year from when it opened in 2014.... Read More »


PSA sees connectivity boosting customer loyalty

Oct. 2, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA wants its connectivity solutions to strengthen customer loyalty by being simple and seamless, but matching what they get from their consumer electronics will not be easy because that skill is not part of any automaker's DNA, the automaker's connectivity boss Brigitte Courtehoux, explained to .... Read More »

Cox, Dealertrack chiefs hit road to explain $4 billion acquisition

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Cox President Sandy Schwartz and Dealertrack CEO Mark O’Neil will be going on the road together over the next two weeks to meet with auto retailers to explain their $4 billion combination. The acquisition closed today.... Read More »

GM targets double-digit earnings growth in 2016

10:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

General Motors moved to convince Wall Street that its recovery is gathering momentum with improving margins, strong brands, new markets for high-tech vehicles, and prospects for stronger profits in coming years.... Read More »

GM ramps up autonomous driving, mobility plans

9:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

GM today disclosed plans for several new autonomous-driving and mobility initiatives -- from a New York City ride-sharing project to an electric bike -- in an effort to convince investors that it's ready for a coming disruption in the way people worldwide get around.... Read More »


Bosch, Conti, ZF, others drawn to booming market for driver-assistance tech

Oct. 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The auto industry's adoption of driver-assistance systems is looking like a gold rush. This year, global sales of the radar, cameras, controllers and software used for the technology will total $10.6 billion, analysts say. By 2020, they expect that figure to double.... Read More »

Autoliv targets $12 billion in sales by end of the decade

Oct. 1, 2015 11:02 CET

Auto safety specialist Autoliv targets $12 billion in sales by the end of the decade and could potentially reach $15 billion, it said today. The company had sales of $9.2 billion in 2014.... Read More »

U.S. conditionally clears Cox purchase of Dealertrack

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

The U.S. approved Cox Automotive's $4 billion agreement to buy Dealertrack Technologies, which offers technological assistance to car dealerships, on the condition the companies divest an inventory management services unit to preserve competition.... Read More »

Honda will show fuel cell, autonomous driving vehicles in Tokyo

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Honda will unveil two visions of the future at October’s Tokyo Motor Show: A near-production version of its hydrogen fuel cell fastback sedan and a bell-shaped, omnidirectional, autonomous driving concept vehicle.... Read More »

Google sees 'top-tier OEMs' as partners on self-driving cars

5:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google and president of its parent company Alphabet Inc., expects the technology giant to team up with “top-tier OEMs” when it ultimately brings its self-driving cars to market.... Read More »

Driver-assist systems could save about 10,000 U.S. lives a year, study says

6:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

New auto safety technologies such as automatic braking and sensors that keep a car in its lane could prevent almost 10,000 U.S. road deaths a year and save $251 billion if they were more widely available, according to a Boston Consulting Group study.... Read More »

Automakers should explain gap in real-word and lab tests for CO2 emissions

Sept. 28, 2015 16:30 CET

A campaign group said automakers should explain why new cars in Europe have CO2 emissions on the road that are far higher than laboratory tests show.... Read More »

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