Technology

Backers of V2V aren't waiting for a mandate

Government groups and auto industry insiders are meeting up at conferences to talk about how to get this complicated tech out there.

VW preps r&d rules to ensure moral, ethical behavior

VW will take steps to bring its academic research projects into line with moral standards, the carmaker said, seeking to demonstrate lessons learned from the latest diesel scandal aftershock.


Innovative minds help tech realize his dream

At Kenny Kent Toyota in Evansville, Austin Frazier, a 23-year-old with spina bifida, may be the dealership's most inspirational employee yet.

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My life with Kirobo the robot

Toyota says its Kirobo Mini conversation partner, a robot it's selling in Japan, is a first step toward talking cars, but its conversations highlight the gulf that remains in achieving that goal and the challenges automakers face when delving into tomorrow's world of high technology.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Services will make the next winner

Jason Stein’s column (“Everybody’s going in the same direction — nowhere fast,” Jan. 15) is spot on if you live in the real world.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Electric motors just make sense

Electric motors make so much sense, due to their quiet operation, torque, lack of vibration, fantastic rpm range, no maintenance requirement and long-term reliability.

COMMENTARY: Jason Stein
At CES, a mad dash to nowhere

A gridlocked Las Vegas during CES prompts our publisher to ask: Are auto companies risking their future in their headlong and expensive embrace of autonomy? A slower, more cautious approach may be the better way.

At CES, time to make cool stuff real stuff

There was lots of talk and several demonstrations of self-driving cars at CES, but it was striking to notice which companies did not attend this massive consumer electronics extravaganza.

Alliance measures 'troops on ground'

Carlos Ghosn uses a broad definition of autonomous technology to defend his claim that the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is at the front of the race.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Don't invest in steam engines

Way back when, a lot of folks were convinced that steam engines would be the powerplant of choice. Still, steam went the way of the buggy whip. Don't be surprised if battery power goes the same way.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
EVs? Not with our current power grid

The massive power outage at the Atlanta airport last month is just a small taste of what is in store for most of the continental U.S. if our demand for electricity continues to increase and the much-needed updating and repairs of our present infrastructure are not immediately dealt with.


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