Autonomous vehicle explosion brings challenges

Conundrum is defined by Webster's New World College Dictionary as a puzzling question or problem. The exploding autonomous vehicle phenomenon is presenting the automobile industry with a thicket of conundrums. These challenges will keep an army of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27

A proving ground for collaboration

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Could the smartphone -- the source of so many deadly driving distractions -- prove to be an auto safety device? That question has been in my head ever since I rode along on a Honda demonstration of a safety system that integrates ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27

All self-driving cars will need V2V capability

Two SUVs on a California street try to merge into the same lane at the same time and get too close. Happens all the time. Except these two vehicles were self-driving cars. And this incident, which occurred in late June in Palo Alto, Calif., gives us ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20

Self-driving cars make ethical choices

SAN FRANCISCO -- Car companies don't usually get sucked into philosophical debates, but right now they're facing a big, thorny question: how the self-driving cars of the future will decide who will live and who will die. Last month, an excellent ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13

Like the others, Nardelli learned the hard way -- or did he?

When Bob Nardelli introduced himself to Chrysler employees as the new CEO on Aug. 6, 2007, in Auburn Hills, he was a man with plenty to prove.Employees, who milled around the lawn talking worriedly in small groups, had been expecting product whiz ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13

Toyota must keep on pushing for diversity

TOKYO -- Many questions had foreign reporters in attendance squirming in their seats. Japanese journalists oozed with insinuation while asking Toyota President Akio Toyoda at last month's press conference about his just-arrested chief communications ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6

A sales record not worth breaking

By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's not the whole story. June 2015 was actually far better than June 2005. In June 2015, automakers were healthy and scrambling to keep up with demand ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6

'Car guy' passion is universal

I have always been impressed at how the auto industry is full of people with passion. I don't mean folks who like their jobs. I mean individuals who adore cars, who absolutely love what they do. And the car biz is full of people who think beyond the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22

Electronic gremlins may keep old cars off the road

Advanced electronics have transformed every aspect of today's automobile. They are cleaner, faster, safer, more efficient and more capable. But here's the downside: As light vehicles age, repairs could get more difficult and expensive -- especially ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22

Marchionne's merger mania: Why now?

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and related companies, has a number of honorifics and titles on his resume. But there is one important task that doesn't get talked about that much: Sherpa. I refer to Marchionne's desperate quest ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15

EV subsidies and the bottom line

U.S. sales of electrified vehicles are a bit shaky these days. A big part of the problem is that some of the government incentives that have largely driven demand are starting to evaporate. But that's hardly the only problem for EVs. Sales are ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15

Gibberish! What did you expect?

My late colleague Jack Teahen once wrote that the auto industry isn't alone in having its own jargon -- "words or phrases that are gibberish to the average Jane or Joe but make perfect sense to those 'in the business.'" Jack felt it was his duty to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8

No room for 'pink tax' in a car contract

Do women pay more than men for the same cars? That's the question NBC's "Today" show posed last week. Before I tell you the answer, let me set up the premise. The report was part of a secret-shopper series on female consumers. One segment said ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8

A tale of 2 production booms

It's easy to view Mexico's auto manufacturing ascendancy as an encore of last decade's production boom in central Europe. Mexico has the same heady feel of exuberance now as I saw growing in the early 2000s in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1

Android Auto's simplicity is such a luxury

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- Usually with a car, the more you pay, the more you get. The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend that rule by giving cars from brands such as Chevrolet, Honda and Hyundai ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1

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