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Mining Silicon Valley for must-have car tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Automotive breakthroughs have long come from Detroit, Stuttgart and Tokyo. Yet in a sign of transformation, representatives from some of the world's largest automakers gathered in a converted paper factory in Silicon Valley this fall to catch a glimpse of the next big idea for auto technology.... Read More »

 

Ford hires ex-GM data whiz to revamp analytics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Ford Motor Co.'s hiring last week of a new senior officer illustrates the auto industry's accelerating dive into big data.... Read More »

 

There's no one way to connect in Silicon Valley

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Here are the different models automakers and suppliers are using in Silicon Valley.... Read More »

 

World Congress panel to explore vehicle innovation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Aluminum vs. high-strength steel. It's one of the industry's hottest technological battlegrounds as automakers push to reduce vehicle weight while cutting costs and improving safety.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Regulation vs. technology -- why are U.S. roads getting safer?

9:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
Here's some good news you didn't read much about this year: US roads are safer. The number of people who died in traffic crashes fell 3 percent in 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Friday.... Read More »

 

New Volt to get ELR's battery regeneration system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
The second-generation Chevrolet Volt will have the driver-controlled battery regeneration system used in the Cadillac ELR.... Read More »

 

The repo man now hunts on social media

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
Social media is used for more than just keeping up with friends. It's also being used to find people who have defaulted on their auto loans.... Read More »

 

Technology winning the war on auto theft, report shows

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
Vehicle security technology and communication with law enforcement have been standing between thieves and their targets, with last year's vehicle theft rate at its lowest since 1960, a National Insurance Crime Bureau report said.... Read More »

 

Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android, report says

7:51 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
Google is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources told Reuters, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones.... Read More »

 

Cadillac says CT6 rearview mirror will have high-res video

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Cadillac plans to introduce a rearview mirror embedded with high-resolution streaming video that gives the driver more expansive rearward vision, unobstructed by headrests, passengers and the car's roof or rear pillars.... Read More »

 

Toyota to invest $126M to expand powertrain operations, consolidate vehicle development in Mich.

11:10 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Toyota said today that it will invest $126 million to expand its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor, Mich., and consolidate vehicle development operations at a new facility in nearby York Township, Mich.... Read More »

 

Smartphone app Zubie adds automotive retail and service perks

8:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Drivers don’t need a calendar to let them know when to go in for a service check -- Zubie can tell them. And now, the smartphone app is offering perks as well.... Read More »

 

In-store kiosks put F&I right in front of customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Michael Fastman is buying kiosks for BMW of Silver Spring, in Silver Spring, Md., where he is general manager, and BMW of Catonsville, in Baltimore, where he is in charge of operations.... Read More »

 

ONWARD ONLINE

After decades of store confinement, the F&I office is inching digital

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Lou Bregou, a director of operations at Driver's Village in Cicero, N.Y., says he has embraced putting financing tools on the dealership group's e-commerce website. Why not? The features that enable online car shoppers to get firm financing quotes, monthly payment calculations and trade-in values are helping the 16-dealership, 20-franchise group sell vehicles.... Read More »

 

AutoTrader.com joins rivals in offering dealership reviews

11:37 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
AutoTrader is adding dealer reviews to its website after long resisting them. The giant vehicle shopping site has agreed to post consumer reviews of dealerships collected by DealerRater, the two companies announced today.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover's virtual windshield makes blind spots vanish

6:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover is testing a new 360-degree virtual urban windshield which gives drivers a full view of the environment around the car and eliminates blind spots that often lead to accidents.
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Five crucial connected-car questions for 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Many automakers plan to unveil their latest and greatest connected car technology in January at the International CES in Las Vegas and at the Detroit auto show. Here are five questions that could get some added clarity in 2015.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Eaton on the prowl for software engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Eaton Corp. is well known for transmissions, clutches, differentials and other robust industrial products. So it's surprising that software development is a significant bottleneck for the supplier. Staci Kroon, 41, president of Eaton's vehicle group in North America, explains the problem.... Read More »

 

ONE PART FOR ALL

Denso air conditioner designed to fit in any vehicle, save money

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
What if a supplier could design a one-size-fits-all component for all of its customers, a product that would allow major economies of scale? Denso Corp. is trying it with air conditioners.... Read More »

 

Ford seeks infotainment middle ground

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
In replacing its widely derided MyFord Touch infotainment system, Ford gathered more outside input than it had ever considered in developing an entire vehicle. In the process, it exchanged grand ambition for toned-down aspirations, including easy to use.... Read More »

 

Whose dashboard is it anyway?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 13, 2014
When car companies do business with Apple Inc. or Google Inc., they like to say they are dealing with a "partner" -- not a supplier. It's becoming clear that they won't always be silent partners.... Read More »

 

Convert traditional vehicles to EVs? Ford, GM and others are brainstorming

4:26 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Tony Earley, CEO of utility Pacific Gas and Electric in California and a member of Ford Motor Co.'s board, said today that he and his colleagues, along with Ford and General Motors employees, have discussed ways to convert gasoline vehicles into electric vehicles.... Read More »

 

Ford dumps MyFord Touch name in revamp of infotainment system

11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Ford is dropping the name “MyFord Touch” in an overhaul of the touch-screen infotainment system that sent its quality ratings plummeting in recent years.... Read More »

 

Ford, Magna, Verizon commit $2 million to bring 10 transportation-related startups to Detroit

11:06 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Ford, Magna, and Verizon are sponsoring what is being billed as Techstars Mobility, Driven by Detroit, an accelerator program to foster innovative transportation-related startups.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

UK dealer puts BMW's Future Retail program to the test

Dec. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's Future Retail program, which launched last year in Europe and China, offers customers a high-tech but unrushed explanation of BMW products. Elms BMW in the UK was an early adopter as it wanted a new way to lure customers.... Read More »

 

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