Vehicle Technology

Obama administration set to release self-driving car guidelines

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2016

The Obama administration today plans to unveil a policy framework to govern the development of self-driving cars, including new ways for automakers to share information on emerging technology with the government, people familiar with the announcement told Bloomberg.... Read More »

Uber plans to open Detroit facility

12:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2016

Ride-hailing company Uber is preparing to plant roots in Detroit to collaborate with top auto suppliers and automakers. The news today follows Uber's launch of an autonomous vehicle ride-hailing program in Pittsburgh last week.... Read More »

Did Apple bite off more than it could chew?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2016

A few years ago, Apple Inc.'s celebrity chiefs, including the late Steve Jobs, could get pretty snarky when discussing the auto industry. It's hard to tell, given Apple's secretive ways, but the tech giant's own efforts in the auto business don't appear to be going well these days.... Read More »

This transmission goes to 11

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2016

Honda has pushed gearbox boundaries by patenting a new 11-speed, three-clutch transmission. The 11-speed would be a world's first and would achieve better fuel economy and faster shifting response, Honda said in a filing with the Japan Patent Office.... Read More »

Lawsuit adds to scrutiny of Tesla's Autopilot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2016

News of a second crash involving Tesla Motors' semiautonomous driving system has raised questions about how early Tesla knew drivers may have been misusing the technology.... Read More »

Ford's mobility push driven by profit motive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2016

Ford sees a day in the not-too-distant future when it will get much larger profit margins from new ventures such as ride-sharing and autonomous-vehicle technology than from selling cars and trucks. But the path to get there remains cloudy.... Read More »

Adding safety or cutting truck jobs?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2016

Can a 50,000-pound semitrailer truck drive itself safely down the highway while the driver snoozes in back? Ottocq, a tech startup company recently purchased for $670 million by Uber, is working to answer that question.... Read More »

Bill aims to protect kids in hot cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2016

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, Sept. 15, would mandate new technology in cars that would issue an alert if a child is left in the back seat.
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Katie Burke joins staff of Automotive News

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2016

Katie Burke has joined Automotive News as a reporter covering Silicon Valley.... Read More »

Lear's cyber cop on high alert

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2016

Cybersecurity jumped to the top of the auto industry's agenda last year when two professional hackers took control of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee as it was driven by a journalist. The hackers exploited a vulnerability in some versions of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Uconnect infotainment system.... Read More »

Mobileye says it warned Tesla against enabling 'hands-free' driving

8:21 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2016

Mobileye said its top executives were assured by Tesla CEO Elon Musk that drivers of the company's EVs would not be allowed to take their hands off the wheel when using the "Autopilot" driving assistance system, but Tesla later allowed hands-free driving over Mobileye's objections.... Read More »

iPod creator Fadell joins the auto industry

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2016

iPod creator Tony Fadell, who is also the founder and former CEO of Nest Labs, is now in the car business. Granted, his vehicle is a $999 go-kart that will go into production in China next week. But he says his company, Actev Motors, is part of the technological tapestry representing where cars are going and what Detroit needs to succeed in the future of mobility.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Why Tesla is a different story

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2016

Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what Apple has been able to do. European rivals can only look on with envy.... Read More »

Tesla's Musk 'hopes' to roll out new Autopilot version next week

6:36 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2016

Elon Musk “hopes” to introduce a new version of Tesla's Autopilot software on Wednesday, while the automaker remains under scrutiny for a fatal crash in May.... Read More »

U.S. congressional panel to hold fuel rules hearing

1:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2016

A congressional panel will hold a hearing on Sept. 22 to look at the fate of U.S. fuel efficiency rules through 2025 amid growing concerns from automakers.... Read More »

Tesla was 'pushing the envelope in terms of safety,' Mobileye says

6:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2016

Mobileye broke ties with Tesla because the Silicon Valley firm was "pushing the envelope in terms of safety" with the design of its Autopilot driver-assistance system, Mobileye's chairman said.... Read More »

Google seeks changes in Mich. robot car legislation

3:06 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2016

Google has proposed changes to two bills intended to advance autonomous driving in Michigan, citing concerns that companies that don't build cars -- such as the Silicon Valley tech giant -- would be excluded from their protections.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Ford's pitch to investors

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2016

Ford 'solid investment,' Fields tells analysts; Goal for Lincoln; Volkswagen legal deadline: Real or imagined?; VW cybersecurity firm; Krafcik tries easing Google's way in Mich.... Read More »

Lenders are feeling data overload, survey shows

11:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2016

About two-thirds of lenders are overwhelmed by immense amounts of data, according to a TransUnion survey of 309 lenders. More than half said it is difficult to discover useful insights with so much data.... Read More »

SHIRAZ AHMED

BLOG: Mobility? Look past the apps and press releases

11:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2016

When you look past the app upgrades, vehicle modifications and press releases filled with terms seemingly picked out of a Ph.D. dissertation, you start to realize these models of getting around truly are game-changing, but not because of the computer code behind them.... Read More »

Mobileye poised to seal more marquee deals for self-driving cars

11:08 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2016

Mobileye, a leading supplier of collision-avoidance car sensor systems, expects to seal its second alliance with a leading carmaker for self-driving vehicles in the next few months, the company's chairman said today.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Bill Ford on ethics of autonomy

8:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2016

Bill Ford on ethics of autonomous cars; Robot Uber rides begin in Pittsburgh; Mercedes increases global lead over BMW; Sneak peek at Alfa Stelvio; Ferrari, Maserati future product.... Read More »

VW sets up cybersecurity firm with ex-Israeli spy chief

7:36 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2016

Volkswagen is forming a company with the former head of Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency to develop cybersecurity systems for Internet-connected cars and self-driving vehicles, the partners said in a statement today.... Read More »

Uber debuts self-driving vehicles in landmark Pittsburgh trial

7:05 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2016

When Pittsburgh wakes up this morning, some residents will have the choice of going about their day in an Uber that drives itself. The launch of Uber's self-driving pilot program marks the public unveiling of the company's secretive work in autonomous vehicles and the first time self-driving cars have been so freely available to the U.S. public.... Read More »

SKF bets on automated production to stay ahead

Sept. 14, 2016 11:58 CET

Sweden's SKF, the world's largest maker of industrial bearings, is betting on automated manufacturing to help it stay ahead with its first fully-automated assembly line set to be running by early 2017.... Read More »

 
Mercedes takes another swing at EV van niche


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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Mercedes will jump back into the battery-powered delivery van niche in 2018, a move that shows pressure is rising to reduce harmful emissions in Europe's congested cities. ...
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For VW, it's not the crime, it's the coverup

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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I am not in the business of weighing sins, but I have noticed -- over the last year as the VW diesel emissions scandal has unfolded -- that all automotive sins are not... ...
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The car as a social evil: Author has hope for driverless future

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2016

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Is the automobile a social problem? In author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes's view, the car is worse than that -- it's a health and economic problem as well. ...
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Nissan's ProPilot system lightens the load of driving

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20 2016

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Nissan's ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology can steer around curves and slow down for traff ...
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Why Tesla is a different story

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16 2016

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Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what A ...
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Why GM won't sell 'breakthrough' EV in the UK

Nick Gibbs
7:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14 2016

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General Motors decided not to sell the Ampera-e, its first full EV, in the UK because the automaker was burned by the sales failure of the Ampera plug-in hybrid. ...
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Opel's Ampera bombed, but thankfully for its successor no one noticed


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2016

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One of the eco-friendly highlights premiering at the Paris auto show will be the Ampera-e, Opel's se ...
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Renault movie fishes for new Scenic buyers

Luca Ciferri
8:57 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8 2016

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To give a modern take on its latest Scenic model, Renault has recruited an Italian movie maker to ma ...
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A year later, VW's diesel cheat proves costly

Christiaan Hetzner
5:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2 2016

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A year ago Volkswagen Group confessed in private to U.S. authorities that it had rigged diesel engin ...
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Summer of success for ANE's Rising Stars

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30 2016

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It has been a summer of success for executives identified by as Rising Stars by Automotive News Europe. ...
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European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August
New-car sales rose 9.5 percent in Europe last month. ...
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Russia car sales fall 18% in August
New-car sales in Russia fell 18 percent in August as buyers continued to shun major purchases as the ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 8% in August
New-car sales in Western Europe rose 8.1 percent in August, thanks to increased demand in Italy, Spa ...
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UK sales rise just 3% in August as VW takes big hit
UK passenger car registrations rose by 3.3 percent in August although VW brand's volume fell by 25 p ...
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French, Italy, Spain car sales rise in August
French registrations increased by 6.7 percent in August with most brands reporting gains. Italy sales were up 20 percent while Spanish sales rose 15 percent. ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV
BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 j ...
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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary ...
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Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward
Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former des ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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