Waymo sketches out its long-range business plan

The first fully self-driving cars will be in ride-hailing fleets, which Waymo says will lead to learning more about the tech and how consumers use it.

Ford dropping C-Max in U.S.

Ford's decision ends a six-year run for a once-promising nameplate doomed by sluggish electrified vehicle demand and overstated mileage claims.

UPDATED: 11/17/17 4:47 pm ET - adds details
Nissan will send U.S.-built Titans to China

Nissan will ship the U.S.-built Titan pickup to China as the company and its Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance explore more commercial opportunities around the world.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
What's the effect downstream?

After reading Bob Lutz's prediction of the future of the automotive industry , I started thinking about the downstream impact of fewer drivers and driverless vehicles.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Don't ignore the will of the people

Seriously, dear Mr. Lutz, it's people who buy your products, who elect politicians, who pay taxes. To ignore their fears and needs shows the kind of monumental arrogance and stupidity that should have disappeared long ago.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
'Disruption' isn't right for autos

Regarding “Why are disruptors dangerous? They aren't protecting a business model,” Nov. 6: “Disruption” is inappropriate for the auto industry.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Throwing the 48-volt switch

I have been around long enough to remember when most cars were equipped with 6-volt batteries. They were cumbersome and never turned the engine over fast enough in cold weather.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Connected-car tech is here, so let's use it

I read Keith Crain's “Don't wait with self-driving” and thought it was a great challenge to the automakers and software companies developing autonomous technology.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Get self-driving tech into cars now

I have heard a lot about the features and advantages of autonomous vehicles and how they are being tested on some public roads and highways.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Harvey Lamm
The auto industry’s big mistake

Awd offered significant benefits to drivers and the industry, but it was largely ignored by the industry in the early 1970s. Today, as co-founder of VNG.co, a provider of natural gas fueling for light vehicles within retail gasoline stations, I see the industry making a similar mistake.

UPDATED: 10/5/17 4:23 pm ET - adds closing share price
GM begins to convince some investors of tech chops

A surprising theory is fueling a long-awaited breakthrough for GM shares: that the stuffy century-old automaker may have some technology chops, after all.

COMMENTARY: Michael Wayland
Randy Mott built GM's IT engine

General Motors has accomplished more with its information technology transformation in the last five years than many thought was possible. But it wouldn't have been possible without GM overcoming one its biggest challenges: talent acquisition.

Self-driving tech on factory floors

As Japanese carmakers race to put autonomous vehicles on the road, one of their biggest suppliers is working to use the same technology to automate the small vehicles used in auto assembly plants.

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