Vehicle Technology

Hacking group wants to play nice with automakers

7:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
A group of well-known hackers and security professionals are trying to build better ties with the auto industry and to enlist their help in improving vehicle security, one of the hottest areas of cyber research.... Read More »

 

BMW's new X1 will be the second model to use front-wheel-drive platform

Aug. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW plans to launch a revamped X1 and an all-new X2 next summer based on the company's UKL1 front-wheel-drive platform. The SUVs will be the second and third BMW-brand fwd models after the 2-series Active Tourer.... Read More »

 

How Tesla-Toyota EV project lost its spark

11:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Once lauded by Tesla and Toyota as a springboard for a deeper partnership, a joint project between the two companies that produced Toyota's electric RAV4 has slowly unraveled. The tie-up was marred by clashes between engineers, according to people with knowledge of the matter, and highlights how quickly marriages of convenience can turn sour in the auto industry.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Self-driving cars will still need human help

10:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Forget the hype. Self-driving vehicles are a long way off, and when they do arrive, what they actually do will probably be a lot less than our image of automated driving.... Read More »

 

DUSTIN WALSH

Nvidia continues quest to bring computer power to cars

9:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
A year after opening an office in Michigan, computer processor maker Nvidia continues its quest to bring modern computer power to the automobile.... Read More »

 

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Tough European CO2 targets will help keep region's fuel-efficiency lead

Aug. 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Europe automakers are speeding up the introduction of alternative fuel powertrains in a bid to cut CO2 emissions ahead of tougher limits planned by the European Union.... Read More »

 

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J.D. Power pans in-car voice recognition systems

5:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
In-car voice recognition systems work so poorly that automakers should give up trying to add new features and go back to the basics, said Kristin Kolodge, JD Power's executive director of driver interaction.... Read More »

 

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Software is key to sizzling active safety market, Delphi exec says

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The $14 billion global market for collision avoidance and driver assistance is expected to grow about 25 percent a year -- a growth rate that has established active safety as one of the auto industry's hottest segments.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

New systems amaze, but what about the joy of driving?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Recent visits to Visteon Corp. and Valeo North America threw me into a bit of a funk. They are working to create a cloud-based, always-connected information pod. Taking a back seat is the joy of driving.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Ram exec says first company with a 30 mpg pickup 'wins'

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Ram launched the 1500 EcoDiesel, the first light-duty diesel pickup in the United States in more than a decade, early this year. Sales are strong, and Ram is working to increase the supply of the 3.0-liter Italian-made turbodiesel.... Read More »

 

Mitsu Electric teams with tech heavyweights on infotainment

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Inc. is partnering up to stay competitive in the infotainment market.... Read More »

 

Chrysler, Nissan looking into claims their cars 'most hackable'

9:07 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Chrysler and Nissan said they are reviewing a report by well-known cyber security experts that rates their vehicles among the three "most hackable" cars on the market, along with a General Motors model.... Read More »

 

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Fuel regs will stymie industry after 2018, NADA economist says

10:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The federal targets for higher vehicle fuel efficiency will curb the industry's ability to sell more cars after the end of this decade, a leading economist predicts.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Automakers to get rude wake-up call on voice recognition

11:41 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Check your pride at the door Wednesday afternoon when JD Power plans to lay into the auto industry for one of the most poorly executed technologies it peddles to consumers -- voice recognition.... Read More »

 

July mpg figures rise, stand shy of U.S. record, report says

1:50 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The average stated fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the United States in July inched back closer to the all-time high set two months earlier, a University of Michigan report said today.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

Why automakers can't beat up suppliers any more

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Remember the old days when automotive purchasing czars such as General Motors' Inaki Lopez and Ford's Carlos Mazzorin threw their weight around with suppliers? Those days are gone.... Read More »

 

Hybrid technology helps fuel transmission transformation

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Transmission manufacturers such as ZF Friedrichshafen AG are adapting their transmissions for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles by replacing the torque converter with an electric motor.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

How GM missed the truck fuel economy race, and how it will return

11:17 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The pickup truck fuel economy race is between Chrysler’s Ram 1500 and the upcoming aluminum-bodied F-150 coming late this year. But the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra should’ve been contenders.... Read More »

 

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Volvo r&d boss shares strategy to take lead in self-driving cars

Aug. 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Volvo wants self-driving cars to be a cornerstone of its efforts to produce the safest cars on the road, the automaker's r&d chief Peter Mertens said.... Read More »

 

Less costly head-up displays are catching on

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Head-up displays, mainly at home in sports cars and luxury models, are about to go mainstream. By 2018, global production of vehicles equipped with head-up displays is expected to total 5 million units, more than triple this year's production of 1.5 million such vehicles, according to Continental AG.... Read More »

 

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Safety regulators working on cars that can detect drunk drivers

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Federal safety regulators are working on a “seamless” technology that can detect alcohol by touch and breath and can be used to reduce or eliminate alcohol-related vehicle crashes.... Read More »

 

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Lightweight vehicles pay manufacturing dividends to automakers

5:26 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Lightweight vehicle materials are delivering significant side benefits to automakers striving to improve fuel economy.... Read More »

 

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Porsche's rapid growth brings risks

Aug. 4, 2014 06:01 CET
Porsche sales are booming as the carmaker looks set to hit a target of 200,000 annual global sales before a 2018 deadline, but some industry watchers worry that too much emphasis on volume jeopardizes the brand's exclusivity.... Read More »

 

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Jaguar exec touts XE's fuel efficiency

5:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The upcoming Jaguar XE small sedan is poised to become the most fuel efficient car Jaguar has ever built, based on fuel economy estimates for the European diesel model.... Read More »

 

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Standardized robotic stations can improve quality as lightweight materials gain favor, exec says

1:10 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Automakers' rapid embrace of lightweight materials will dramatically increases manufacturing complexity that can be solved with automation and standardization, says Martin Kinsella, director of advanced materials and process technology for Comau.... Read More »

 

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