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N.A. robot sales poised for record

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A bumper crop of North American vehicle launches this year has triggered what is shaping up as a record wave of robot purchases by automakers and suppliers.... Read More »

 

Lawyers reaching for in-car data

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2014
Information gathered by vehicle telematics systems is garnering increased attention from lawyers who see the data as a puzzle piece in building court cases.... Read More »

 

Raising the temperature fast

How automakers, suppliers are preparing for tougher emissions rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2014
The EPA's stricter Tier 3 emissions standards take effect in 2017. To meet the standards in the early years, automakers will adopt well-known technology to increase engine efficiency. Then the hard work starts.... Read More »

 

UNCHARTED TERRITORY

Up-to-the-minute maps will be critical for autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2014
Autonomous vehicles will sport sophisticated sensors and radar systems to read and react to their surroundings, but their robotic drivers still will require vivid and current roadmaps to put the various inputs into context.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Smart dealers can make big bucks through smartphones

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Car dealers are sitting on a gold mine: their idle inventories. The tool to turn that goldmine into gold is the smartphone.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM has substantially completed vehicle recalls, Barra says

9:06 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
General Motors has “substantially completed” its vehicle recalls, CEO Mary Barra said. “We're working hard to make sure that as new vehicles come out, they achieve even higher levels” of quality and safety, Barra told reporters in New Delhi today. “We're very focused to being industry leaders.”... Read More »

 

GM issues 2 recalls, stop-sale orders for 2015 Corvettes

8:58 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
General Motors is issuing two more recalls, both on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, according to stop-delivery orders sent to dealers today. The recalls, GM's first in more than a month, bring its total number for the year to 67.... Read More »

 

Chrysler minivans receive over 100 complaints of engine stalls in U.S.

6:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
Federal auto safety regulators have received more than 100 complaints about engine stalling from owners of Chrysler minivans from model years 2004-2007, according to a Reuters analysis.... Read More »

 

NHTSA will be questioned by U.S. senators about enforcement efforts

10:32 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
A Senate subcommittee will probe the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's ability to enforce auto and highway safety laws in a hearing next week.... Read More »

 

Tackling the next parallel-parking challenge -- unparking

1:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Ford has found the automated parking feature offered on several of its nameplates works pretty much as it’s supposed to. The vehicles steer themselves into parallel-parking spots, relieving owners of one of the most challenging and nerve-wracking driving maneuvers.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

The connected car -- circa 1956

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
It turns out that the dream of self-driving connected cars is an old one. Back in the 1950s, GM futurists envisioned a highway system that included a “Safety Autoway” that contained metallic strips embedded in the road. Those strips would be read by cameras and sensors on the road and be used to help control a car's speed and direction.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

The self-driving car may be guided by emotion

5:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
No matter how mind-blowing the idea of the self-driving car might be, and no matter how huge its potential to change the world, it is still a product like any other. It needs a strong value proposition, not just a wow factor, to enter the mainstream.... Read More »

 

Universal map accuracy will be crucial to autonomous vehicles, transport official says

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Michigan transportation chief Kirk Steudle today shared stories of some GPS mishaps to highlight one of the critical issues facing autonomous vehicles: They’ll need precise mapping to lead them.... Read More »

 

Audi plans to take over the wheel in stop-and-go driving

12:56 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Audi AG plans to roll out technology to enable autonomous driving in urban traffic, joining companies promoting features to ease the strain of operating a car.... Read More »

 

Major roadblocks still exist for driverless cars, panel says

8:43 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Improving sensor technology, solving legal issues and getting real-time mapping and traffic information into vehicles are three roadblocks that need to be removed before driverless cars can take to the roads, a panel of experts concluded Monday in Detroit.... Read More »

 

VW says fuel cell cars will struggle beyond Japan

Sept. 8, 2014 10:52 CET
Volkswagen says fuel cell cars will probably struggle to catch on outside Japan where the government has invested in measures including a fuel-station network and generous subsidies that are too high for other countries to match.... Read More »

 

Bill Ford touts automakers working with small tech startups

10:54 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
As the world evolves toward a radically altered transportation network with autonomous cars, ride-sharing services and electrified vehicles, traditional automakers need to work with small startup companies that provide new technologies, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said.... Read More »

 

Verizon to launch app for car sharing, rentals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Wireless telecommunications giant Verizon today announced plans to introduce a new smartphone app that would allow rental car customers to unlock a vehicle.... Read More »

 

Non-recall actions raise questions on safety info disclosure

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Big recalls by General Motors and Toyota Motor Corp. in recent years raise questions about whether dangerous problems could lurk in little-noticed service bulletins or customer-satisfaction campaigns.... Read More »

 

Toyota to add active safety tech to entire U.S. lineup by 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Toyota Division plans to adopt accident-avoidance features throughout its U.S. lineup by 2017, said Bill Fay, Toyota Division's general manager.... Read More »

 

GM plans to launch Cadillac CTS with vehicle-to-vehicle tech in 2 years

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Sunday that Cadillac will launch a CTS sedan with vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology in about two years, as GM looks to establish itself as a leader in the connected-car space.... Read More »

 

'Smarter' cars still looking for direction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2014
The car of the future, as it's being developed today, is a rolling Internet hot spot, a node on a vast network of vehicles, a high-speed mobile computer capable of analyzing its surroundings in a blink and making precise, split-second decisions in response.... Read More »

 

Delphi lands GM for vehicle-to-vehicle warning system

5:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
Delphi Automotive PLC said it has lined up a contract to produce a vehicle-to-vehicle communication device that will warn drivers of possible accidents. General Motors later confirmed it was the customer for the system.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM, NHTSA discussed Saturn Vue key-pullout 3 times before recall

12:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
General Motors, before recalling more than 200,000 Saturn Vues with ignition problems last month, discussed the issue with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration three times beginning in mid-June, documents revealed today show.... Read More »

 

Automakers, suppliers fund research toward cars that talk to each other

11:07 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
A group of companies, including several large automakers, have joined a public-private research initiative to lay the groundwork for a system that wirelessly connects vehicles and helps smooth the flow of traffic, the University on Michigan said today.... Read More »

 

 
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