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Honda will show fuel cell, autonomous driving vehicles in Tokyo

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Honda will unveil two visions of the future at October’s Tokyo Motor Show: A near-production version of its hydrogen fuel cell fastback sedan and a bell-shaped, omnidirectional, autonomous driving concept vehicle.... Read More »

Google sees 'top-tier OEMs' as partners on self-driving cars

5:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google and president of its parent company Alphabet Inc., expects the technology giant to team up with “top-tier OEMs” when it ultimately brings its self-driving cars to market.... Read More »

Driver-assist systems could save about 10,000 U.S. lives a year, study says

6:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

New auto safety technologies such as automatic braking and sensors that keep a car in its lane could prevent almost 10,000 U.S. road deaths a year and save $251 billion if they were more widely available, according to a Boston Consulting Group study.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler says it under-reported death, injury claims

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has found “significant” under-reporting of deaths and injuries possibly linked to safety defects in its vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today.... Read More »

Porsche sued by Paul Walker's daughter over fatal accident

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

The daughter of Paul Walker, Meadow Walker, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against defendants Porsche Cars of North America and Beverly Hills Porsche, the Los Angeles Times reports.... Read More »

Automakers should explain gap in real-word and lab tests for CO2 emissions

Sept. 28, 2015 16:30 CET

A campaign group said automakers should explain why new cars in Europe have CO2 emissions on the road that are far higher than laboratory tests show.... Read More »


Indianapolis' car-sharing service is generating controversy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

BlueIndy, one of the nation’s first municipally supported one-way EV ride-sharing services, promises to eliminate many vehicle ownership hassles, thanks to the city of Indianapolis and a French conglomerate that is investing $41 million to set up and run the service.... Read More »

No easy fixes for VW diesels, experts say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Volkswagen may face a significant challenge in getting nearly 500,000 diesel-powered cars in the U.S. into emissions compliance.... Read More »

GM to tap into connectivity, expand car sharing services, Barra says

5:31 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the automaker plans new efforts to capitalize on the connectivity built into its cars, expanding car sharing services, offering more autonomous driving features and enabling services through smartphone apps.... Read More »


Automakers gamble on wireless charging standard

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Automakers are putting wireless chargers into their cars, but they're still waiting for a clear signal from Apple, which has yet to build the technology into its iPhone.... Read More »

2016 QX50 offers more for less

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

The Infiniti QX50 will receive a $550 sticker reduction for 2016, despite more content and a bigger back seat.... Read More »


Sparks fly over service's prime parking spaces

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

The BlueIndy electric-vehicle rede-sharing service in Indianaopolis has been embroiled in controversy since its Sept. 2 startup.... Read More »

App makers eager for clear path to car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

To get their apps into cars, developers like Pandora have to rewrite their code for every brand, but that could soon change.... Read More »

Will U.S. buyers turn their backs on diesels?

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

There's no doubt the idea of “clean diesel” has been dealt a PR blow by VW's emissions-cheating scandal. But the more important question is whether the VW revelations spell the end of the road for the technology in the U.S.... Read More »

Magna CEO sees smart robots shifting parts output away from China

11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

The falling cost of intelligent robots may help repatriate some auto production away from low-cost locations like China back to factories in Germany and North America, Magna International CEO Donald Walker says.... Read More »


BLOG: In wake of VW scandal, it's time to scrap self-certify era

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2015

It's time for the EPA to admit the system of allowing and trusting automakers to self-certify cars and light trucks for fuel economy and emissions standards no longer works.... Read More »

VW brand chief in U.S. apologizes for diesel-emissions cheating

Sept. 22, 2015 11:22 CET

VW's U.S. chief said he was profusely apologetic for the diesel-emissions cheating scandal and vowed to win back the trust of U.S. consumers.... Read More »

Apple aims to 'ship' electric car in 2019, report says

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Silicon Valley technology giant Apple has set a goal of finalizing an electric car in 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported. Apple has internally designated an electric car as a “committed project,” the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.... Read More »


BLOG: Frankfurt: Lights, cameras, technology!

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Years from now when we reflect on Frankfurt 2015, memories may be less about absent players than about an industry that could finally talk in the present tense about technology.... Read More »

2 suppliers steer in opposite directions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Two of the world's biggest steering suppliers have diametrically opposed views of the importance of steer-by-wire to the future of autonomous driving.... Read More »

Auto-brake pact offers boon to big suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

When 10 automakers agreed this month to voluntarily make automatic emergency braking systems standard, they were promising off-the-shelf technology priced for the mass market that includes an assortment of cameras, radar, lidar and computer chips that make up collision avoidance systems. The suppliers that will profit are a well-defined group of big suppliers with production-ready components.... Read More »

Suppliers team up to provide starter kit for self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Autonomous cars have a dirty little secret: No matter how dazzling they seem, most of the prototypes shown to date rely on a trunkful of computers rigged up with bespoke software that's far from production-ready. Now, two big Tier 1 suppliers think they have a solution for that problem.... Read More »

Cylinders take turns to deliver proper power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

An advanced, fast-acting cylinder-deactivation system expected to be launched within five years - probably by General Motors - proposes to save fuel by continuously varying the number of cylinders firing. As a result, the engine delivers only the power that is needed.... Read More »


Mirror, mirror off the car? Focus turns to cameras

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2015

Many of today's better-appointed vehicles have side mirrors that tuck away automatically. Major suppliers are working on making those mirrors disappear altogether.... Read More »

Ghosn sees tough time ahead for industry disruptors

Sept. 18, 2015 10:50 CET

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said aggressive hiring of auto industry executives by software companies shows how vital it is for new players to understand manufacturing and vehicle design and how tough it will be for new players to enter the auto industry.... Read More »

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