Information Technology

No key ring tags, GM tells dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
In its recall-induced quest to strip customers' key chains of any dangling tchotchkes, GM has raised the alarm about promotional key tags.... Read More »

 

BIG DATA PLAN

Ford data crunchers help dealers fine-tune inventory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford Motor Co. is trying to take the guesswork out of dealership inventory ordering, using advances in big data technology to offer its stores sophisticated recommendations for their orders. Some dealerships are resisting.... Read More »

 

Bosch to sell laser-based radar by '20

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
German supplier Robert Bosch GmbH will sell a laser-based radar known as lidar by 2020 to meet demand for high-tech sensors in autos... Read More »

 

Hybrids help supercars cut CO2

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ultraluxury nameplates such as Ferrari, McLaren, Bentley and Porsche are opting for electric powertrains to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions from their supercars.... Read More »

 

POWER PLAYERS

Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help.... Read More »

 

ZF plans big expansion of Shanghai r&d center

Aug. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen is investing 50 million euros (412 million yuan) in a fivefold expansion of its Shanghai headquarters and research hub.... Read More »

 

Self-driving tech will make Volvos even safer, r&d boss says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014
As self-driving cars become increasingly important, Volvo has unveiled an ambitious plan to position itself at the forefront of this cutting-edge technology.... Read More »

 

Automakers make room for Pandora

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2014
Internet radio is starting to look like a must-have infotainment feature, judging by the number of Pandora users.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

U.S. judge appoints lead counsel for GM ignition-switch cases

7:06 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
A federal judge has appointed two lawyers who led cases against Toyota, and a plaintiffs' attorney from Texas, to lead litigation against General Motors related to a faulty ignition switch that prompted the recall of millions of vehicles this year.... Read More »

 

Smartphone camera makers see next opportunity in cars

2:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
South Korean smartphone camera makers are tapping the surging yet more technologically demanding market for vehicle cameras to dull the impact of slowing growth in global handset sales.... Read More »

 

ZF talks for TRW said to hinge on Bosch JV exit

Aug. 15, 2014 10:25 CET
ZF's ambitions to takeover TRW and become the world's No. 2 supplier are being held up by negotiations to exit a steering-systems joint venture with Robert Bosch, according to people familiar with the matter.... Read More »

 

Former GM veteran, Fisker boss Posawatz to join INRIX board

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
Tony Posawatz, the former vehicle line director for the Chevrolet Volt who also briefly headed Fisker Automotive, has joined the board of directors for telematics company INRIX.... Read More »

 

GM Tech Center nears full operation while pumps run

11:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
General Motors' Technical Center is nearly back to full operations after Monday's record rainfall in Detroit caused flooding and power issues.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Automakers to face intensified scrutiny over voice recognition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
The world's automakers are going to be doing a lot of cringing now that J.D. Power plans to criticize them for one of the most poorly executed technologies they offer to consumers -- voice recognition.... Read More »

 

U.S. appoints former federal prosecutor to be Toyota safety monitor

6:18 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Former federal prosecutor David Kelley has been appointed as the government monitor who will supervise Toyota's safety after the company's mishandling of vehicle recalls for unintended acceleration.... Read More »

 

Chrysler purchasing chief Kunselman to lead new safety office

9:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Chrysler tapped its head of purchasing, Scott Kunselman, to lead a new office that will oversee safety issues and regulatory compliance as scrutiny over the industry's safety record grows. Tom Finelli, 44, Chrysler's current director for global standardization, will assume responsibility for North American purchasing and supplier quality, effective immediately, Chrysler said today.... Read More »

 

High-tech toys drive service contract sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
In-vehicle, high-tech toys and consumers' urge to protect them are driving sales of extended service contracts, some finance and insurance professionals say.... Read More »

 

Attorneys for GM customers compete to lead ignition-switch legal battle

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Lawyers for GM customers are jostling to lead lawsuits over faulty ignition switches. They don't know what they can sue for -- a judge will tell them that -- but they do want to be in charge.... Read More »

 

GM: More U.S. vehicles to get diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
General Motors will launch more cars and light trucks with diesel engines in the United States in the coming years.... Read More »

 

GM loses bid to dismiss revived ignition-switch lawsuit

12:52 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2014
General Motors failed to convince a Georgia judge to dismiss a revived lawsuit over the death of a 29-year-old woman that helped trigger the automaker's ignition-switch recall crisis. Cobb County State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley today set a trial date for April 2016.... Read More »

 

VW recalls 189,000 Tiguan SUVs in N. America for potential stalling

9:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2014
Volkswagen is recalling 189,490 Tiguan small SUVs in North America for potential stalling issues.... Read More »

 

Victims' claims for GM compensation pour in

11:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
More than half of the 113 applications submitted in the first week of General Motors' compensation program for victims of its faulty ignition switch were death claims. Sixty-four claims were filed on behalf of people who died in crashes allegedly caused by the defective part, said Camille Biros, deputy administrator of the program being overseen by victim-compensation specialist Kenneth Feinberg, in an interview.... Read More »

 

GM issues 5 more recalls covering 269,000 vehicles

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
General Motors issued five recalls covering about 269,000 U.S. vehicles, from 2013 Cadillac ATS sedans for a seat belt glitch to older-model Saturn Vue crossovers for a problem with the key coming out when the ignition is not turned off.... Read More »

 

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 »

 

GM to ask court to reject revival of Georgia ignition death suit

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
GM will ask a Georgia judge on Saturday to reject an attempt to revive the lawsuit that helped trigger the recall of 2.59 million cars over faulty ignition switches.... Read More »

 

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