Information Technology

1,100-hp supercar's problem? 'Too powerful'

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

The founder of Denmark's Zenvo might have to go to a four-wheel-drive system for the next model, just to make the replacement for the 1,104-hp ST1 more drivable. “It's too powerful,” founder Troels Vollertsen told Automotive News.... Read More »

Hack attack vs. FCA shows flaws with rush to connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

By the time it was publicized last week that hackers managed to take over a Jeep Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler had posted an urgent security patch on its website and was scrambling to further lock down the system. But the industry's response is only now ramping up, as automakers come to terms with the implications of building devices that increasingly function as networked computers on wheels.... Read More »

R&D HUB

Honda flexes research muscle with new Silicon Valley center

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Honda last week opened to journalists its new 35,000-square-foot Silicon Valley r&d lab, where it has united once-disparate strands of its research work and connected them with a technology incubator for other potential research partners.... Read More »

FCA pact gives broad powers to NHTSA monitor

12:40 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's consent agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles grants sweeping powers to an independent monitor tasked with overseeing the company's safety operations, deepening the federal government's role in direct oversight over individual automakers.... Read More »

Audi performance unit kills manual gearbox, naturally aspirated V-8

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Audi's quattro GmbH performance division is slaughtering a few sacred cows among sports car enthusiasts.... Read More »

Daimler will test self-driving trucks this year, report says

July 27, 2015 11:23 CET

Daimler is planning to test self-driving trucks as early as this year, Wolfgang Bernhard, chief of the automaker's trucks business, told a German newspaper.... Read More »

Driverless driving induces a range of anxiety on road

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

When Delphi engineers undertook a nine-day, 3,400-mile journey from San Francisco to New York in a driverless research vehicle in March, they got some interesting reactions from other motorists.... Read More »

Making a car's sensors work like our senses

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Autopilot systems like Cadillac's Super Cruise will rely on “sensor fusion,” in which supercomputers stitch data from many sensors into a 360-degree view.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler hit with record $105 million U.S. penalty over recalls

4:30 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2015

Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay a $70 million fine, accept three years of additional oversight by an independent monitor and buy back thousands of vehicles as part of a sweeping consent agreement to settle a U.S. government probe into 23 recalls since 2009. The overall potential civil penalty of $105 million marks the largest imposed by NHTSA.... Read More »

SCREEN SAVERS

Automakers try integrated tablets to retain backseat business

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2015

It might seem strange that BMW's redesigned 7-series sedan, priced at $81,300 plus shipping, would have to compete with a $499 iPad from Apple. But that's exactly what's happening, as automakers realize that their cars are being compared not only with other cars but also with devices brought into the back seat.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.7 million trucks for faulty airbags

11:04 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling about 1.7 million late model Ram trucks to replace airbags that may deploy inadvertently.... Read More »

FCA's anti-hacking recall marks industry milestone

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's recall of about 1.4 million cars and trucks equipped with radios that are vulnerable to hacking is the first formal safety campaign in response to a cybersecurity threat.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to install anti-hacking software

11:30 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million vehicles to close a software loophole that allowed hackers to remotely take control of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The company previously only advised owners to download a software patch or take their vehicle to a dealer to have it installed.... Read More »

Chevrolet plans low-cost pedestrian avoidance on Malibu

3:45 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

GM is introducing a pedestrian-avoidance system on the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, the latest example of active-safety features proliferating on mainstream vehicles. GM said Friday it will offer 22 active safety systems across its brands for the 2016 model year.... Read More »

Lamborghini shelves plug-in Asterion coupe in favor of Urus SUV, report says

July 24, 2015 12:03 CET

Lamborghini has put on hold a production plug-in hybrid Asterion coupe in favor of bringing the Urus SUV to market in 2018, a magazine reported, citing the automaker's CEO Stephan Winkelmann.... Read More »

Infiniti Q30 will be powered by Mercedes engines

July 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Infiniti's Q30 compact car will be powered by two gasoline Mercedes engines, likely the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter units used in the A-class compact car, a source said. The Q30 is based on Mercedes's MFA front-wheel-drive compact architecture that also underpins the A class.... Read More »

Honda's freshened Accord gets new smartphone, safety tech for 2016

5:37 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

Honda unveiled a midlife update for its midsize Accord, a lightly freshened model that will play nice with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2016 Accord sedan and coupe will also offer the Honda Sensing suite of autonomous safety features.... Read More »

Uber, Santander end car-loan partnership

3:20 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

The partnership between Uber Technologies and Banco Santander SA's U.S. auto loan unit has ended, Uber says, removing one of the country's most prominent car lenders from a program trumpeted by the app-based ride service.... Read More »

Zetsche says hacking concerns drive Mercedes bid for Nokia maps unit

July 23, 2015 12:17 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said a desire to have better control over data security is one of the reasons Mercedes is part of a German car-making consortium bidding for Nokia's high-definition mapping business.... Read More »

FCA recalls 144,416 Dodge Journeys to secure engine cover

3:53 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling an estimated 144,416 Dodge Journey models in the U.S. to better secure their engine covers.... Read More »

Senate bill aims to secure cars from hackers, protect consumer privacy

3:12 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

A bill proposed by two U.S. senators would direct NHTSA and the Federal Trade Commission to establish rules that would secure cars against hackers and protect consumer privacy. The proposal comes as Fiat Chrysler offers a software patch to close a loophole that let two hackers take control of a moving Jeep SUV.... Read More »

Google's self-driving cars, mishaps aside, are 'learning the road,' exec says

12:43 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

The head of Google's self-driving car program said the company's test vehicles are very safe and noted recent accidents involving them were minor and actually the fault of other drivers, not Google technology.... Read More »

U.S. Senate weighs highway bill with modest safety reforms

1:15 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

A six-year highway funding bill considered by the Senate would provide a path for safety regulators to impose bigger fines on automakers and take limited steps to address loopholes in the nation's auto recall system, but it falls short of some stricter measures sought by Democratic lawmakers.... Read More »

Jeep hacking prompts FCA software update to enhance security

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Fiat Chrysler released a security patch after friendly hackers exposed a startling vulnerability in the company’s Uconnect infotainment system. The hackers were able to shut down a Jeep SUV while it was traveling on the highway.... Read More »

TomTom, Bosch step up joint effort to gain ground in car maps race

8:13 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Dutch mapmaker TomTom has deepened its partnership in high-definition mapping with German auto supplier Robert Bosch to refine the technology crucial for autonomous driving.... Read More »

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