Vehicle Technology

Gentex reports 30% surge in Q3 net income

1:46 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Gentex, which makes a variety of automotive mirrors, cameras and electronic components, said today that its third quarter net income surged 30 percent from a year earlier, with total revenue jumping 22 percent.... Read More »

 

Auto industry forming consortium to fight hackers

10:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Automakers are forming a consortium to deter hackers who might try to breach a vehicle's security system -- an effort that has gotten the blessing of federal regulators.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

China, UC Davis collaborate on EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
In China and the U.S. alike, the commercialization of EVs is happening through a collaboration of automakers and government policymakers to produce and incentivize their increased adoption by consumers.... Read More »

 

Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. Instead of going by the traditional plug-and-wait protocol for EVs, the engineers will swap out rechargeable, briefcase-size battery modules on the fly as they travel from San Diego to the coast of South Carolina in less than 60 hours.... Read More »

 

Startups see opportunities flowing from data port

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Some startups, impatient with automakers' progress and promising to bring older vehicles into the data-driven age, are racing to market with hardware and apps that tap into the OBD-II diagnostic port built into all new U.S. light vehicles' dashboards beginning in 1996.... Read More »

 

NEW PROVING GROUNDS

Where will autonomous cars prepare for urban challenges?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2014
The advent of autonomous cars is forcing automakers to rethink the traditional proving ground and strike a balance between existing test tracks and the realities of today's bustling cities. The big hurdle for self-driving cars remains urban America, where the environment is more complex and the range of risks -- cyclists, stray dogs, children running into the street -- is greater.... Read More »

 

China to punish carmakers that fail to meet fuel economy targets

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
China, taking another step to clean the nation's polluted skies, plans to punish automakers by restricting vehicle output and publicly naming violators if they fail to meet fuel economy rules on light vehicles set for 2015.... Read More »

 

Audi tests driverless car technology at 190 mph

11:44 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
In its effort to bring autonomous-driving technology to the streets, Audi is testing unmanned vehicles at speeds as fast as 305 kilometers (190 miles) per hour. In these experiments, the car decides for itself the best way to take the corners in its race against human drivers.... Read More »

 

Hitachi Automotive readies new autonomous driving technology

10:57 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Hitachi Automotive Systems is readying a suite of new autonomous driving technologies, including a no-hands self-parking function it plans to market in 2016. The systems, unveiled last week at the supplier’s proving ground in northern Japan, entail precrash braking, advanced adaptive cruise control and vehicle stability control for electric vehicles.... Read More »

 

Nissan commercial fleet to get self-driving tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Nissan believes fleet and commercial vehicle customers are getting more demanding about creature comforts and safety systems, and the company plans to offer autonomous driving features to help satisfy the demand.... Read More »

 

Demand skyrockets for collision-avoidance sensors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Fully autonomous cars may be a decade away, but the sensors they'll need for collision avoidance -- radar, cameras, ultrasound and lidar -- have become a big business already.... Read More »

 

Nissan brand to benefit from Daimler partnership

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Mass-market Nissan will begin receiving some goodies that have been flowing from the product-sharing partnership between Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, a senior Nissan executive says.... Read More »

 

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS: TOM GEBHARDT

Panasonic takes simple path to 'smart' voice

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
How can automakers help motorists who struggle with voice recognition, the technology that generates more customer dissatisfaction than any other in-vehicle gadgetry? Panasonic Automotive Systems President Tom Gebhardt believes he has a solution.... Read More »

 

M-B system links vehicle, phone, dealer and company

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
A new offering called "Mercedes me" aims "to create a seamless integration between car and smartphone and the manufacturer and dealer so you have a portal with all the services Mercedes-Benz offers," said Ola Kaellenius, Mercedes-Benz board member for sales and marketing.... Read More »

 

36 supplier innovations named PACE Award finalists

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2014
Thirty-six innovations in a diverse range from adhesives to vision systems are finalists for the 2015 Automotive News PACE Awards. The awards honor supplier innovation in product, manufacturing process and information technology.... Read More »

 

Five technologies auto suppliers can bank on, analyst says

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
The next six years will be boom times for suppliers with the right technology. LED front lights, telematics, cameras, radar and lithium ion batteries are five technologies that will enjoy the biggest growth in global sales through 2020, predicted Itay Michaeli, Citigroup Inc.'s automotive research director.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Crash recorder video craze hits Japan

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
Count Japan as the latest entrant to the dash cam craze. Across the country, drivers are uploading and swapping video footage taken through their vehicle crash data recorders.... Read More »

 

Toyota supplier celebrates Nobel Prize winners

7:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
A Toyota-affiliated supplier is applauding two of its researchers as winners of this year's Nobel Prize in Physics.... Read More »

 

Tesla's 'D' will be Model S with all-wheel drive, 2 motors

11:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Tesla Motors will offer an all-wheel-drive system in its all-electric Model S sedan, CEO Elon Musk says, giving a glimpse of the first-of-its-kind powertrain that will power Tesla's Model X crossover when it goes on sale next year.... Read More »

 

BMW-backed researchers close in on cheaper carbon fiber

11:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Large-scale manufacturing of cars made with lightweight carbon fiber is moving closer to reality as costs start to fall, according to a materials-development group that has BMW as a partner.... Read More »

 

Daimler, Linde to build new hydrogen fuel stations in Germany

Oct. 8, 2014 14:01 CET
Daimler and industrial gases maker Linde will build 20 hydrogen fuel stations in Germany over the next few years to boost support networks for fuel cell cars. Daimler aims to bring competitively priced fuel cell vehicles to market by 2017.... Read More »

 

Voice controls, electronic assistants can overwhelm drivers, AAA research finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Systems such as Apple's Siri electronic assistant, which automakers started installing in vehicles in 2013, may be as mentally taxing as the buttons and knobs they replace, research released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Honda bakes building blocks for autonomous driving into updated CR-V

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
The top-of-the-line touring model of the updated 2015 Honda CR-V has a new suite of electronic technologies called Honda Sensing that the company is rolling out across its lineup. Some parts of the system are the first building blocks of Honda's autonomous driving technology.... Read More »

 

Dealerships learn how to handle calls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Phone calls into dealerships are soaring, and so is the need to reduce fumbled calls that are hurting sales and customer satisfaction.... Read More »

 

After 4 Fit Hybrid recalls, Honda adds another r&d gate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Burned by four recalls of its redesigned Fit Hybrid in just nine months, Honda Motor Co. is overhauling its r&d process to intercept problems better.... Read More »

 

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