The UK government and the auto industry will invest 1 billion pounds ($1.5 billion) in a research center to develop low-carbon technologies and help secure the jobs of 30,000 people working in the country's car engine supply chain.
David Strickland, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, took office at the start of 2010, just as Toyota started a series of recalls over unintended acceleration that ultimately included more than 14 million vehicles worldwide.
The chase is on for the fully connected car. Streaming Internet music sites through the car radio isn't enough anymore. As more people use smartphones to traverse their daily drive, automakers' pricey and profitable in-car navigation systems are threatened.