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Tesla engineer joins Apple's growing team of automated car experts

2:53 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Apple has hired a senior engineer from Tesla, according to a LinkedIn posting, as part of Apple's effort to build a team of experts in automated driving.... Read More »

2008 Honda Accords probed by NHTSA for airbags that may fail to deploy

10:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

NHTSA opened an investigation into 348,000 Honda Accords for a flaw that could prevent airbags from deploying in a crash.... Read More »

GM recalls Impalas for airbags flaw involving infant seats

12:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

General Motors is recalling 8,989 Impalas for passenger-side airbags that can fail to turn off if an infant seat is in the front seat.... Read More »

Zetsche mulls cooperation with Apple, Google, report says

8:03 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Daimler's CEO said "different types" of cooperation with Apple and Google are possible as carmakers realize next-generation autos cannot be built without greater input from telecoms and software experts.... Read More »

2016 Honda Pilot nabs Top Safety Pick+ rating

3:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Honda’s redesigned 2016 Pilot was awarded the top rating in five crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as well as the highest distinction for its performance when equipped with front collision-prevention technology.... Read More »

How Daimler's Car2go could transform how New Yorkers get around town

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

As residents of Brooklyn and Queens know all too well, not having a car makes it difficult to get from one borough to the other. But soon there will be another option: hopping into an unnervingly small, but surprisingly roomy, two-person vehicle and motoring to the other borough, where the rental ends once the driver parks.... Read More »

U.S. senators urge recall of all autos with Takata airbags

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

After reports this week of a ruptured Takata airbag in a Volkswagen vehicle, two U.S. senators today called on Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata to immediately recall all vehicles containing the company's airbags. U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey said their move was prompted by an incident in June, in which a Takata airbag inflator in a 2015 VW Tiguan ruptured after a collision... Read More »

Honda goes prototype-free to build redesigned Pilot

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

The redesigned 2016 Pilot that was just launched by Honda is the product of a new computer-driven development process in which the automaker was able to eliminate the production of hand-built prototypes, company officials said today.... Read More »

Former Ford Europe COO tapped to recruit for U.S.-Chinese EV startup

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

Martin Leach, former COO at Ford of Europe, is recruiting staff for a new electric car manufacturer based mainly in China and California. Leach declined to say which company is backing the new venture, but said, "It is not a company with a background in the car industry."... Read More »

Ford patents autonomous vehicle with 'reconfigurable seats'

12:54 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

Ford received a U.S. patent on its plans for an “autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats” earlier this month. The seats can swivel and fold all while the vehicle is in motion, and the steering wheel can even retract into the dashboard to create more space in the vehicle cabin.... Read More »

Dealertrack to sell inventory-management business to clear way for Cox merger

9:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

Dealertrack Technologies has moved to clear a regulatory impediment to its merger with Cox Automotive by agreeing to sell its inventory-management software business to DealerSocket for $55 million in cash.... Read More »

GM expands headlight recall to 180,504 more vehicles

11:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

General Motors is expanding a recall of Buicks and Pontiacs with defective low-beam headlights to include 180,504 more vehicles, the automaker said today.... Read More »

Autoliv says M/A-COM unit acquisition will beef up automated-driving tech

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

Automotive safety systems supplier Autoliv Inc. said it completed the acquisition of the automotive unit of M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc.... Read More »

Japan faces shortage of replacement airbags as recalls expand

9:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

Japan may face a shortfall in supply of replacement airbags as automakers recall 9.8 million vehicles in the country to swap out potentially defective devices made by Takata, according to its transport ministry.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: How to solve global emissions rift, without dealing in reality

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

A single, global standard for emissions would be ideal, and can't be overstated enough, because the auto industry is burning precious capital at what may turn out to be an unsustainable rate.... Read More »

PLANT LIFE: PART 2

Honda's factory fix: Robots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Honda's Alabama assembly plant replaces one of the industry's most innovative engine lines with enough automation to brace for the future.... Read More »

VW faces NHTSA probe after Takata airbag incident

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

NHTSA is widening its Takata airbag probe after a Takata side airbag in a Volkswagen SUV ruptured in June.... Read More »

Lear buys technology from California automotive app developer

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Lear said today it has acquired the intellectual property and technology of Autonet Mobile, a software and device developer of automotive applications in California.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Ford exec says Google, Apple collaborations won't impact brand's identity

Aug. 17, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford doesn't feel threatened by Google and Apple's growing interest in the auto industry, said Christof Kellerwessel, the automaker's electrical engineering chief. The automaker has seen a lot of competitors "come and go" during its history, Kellerwessel told Automotive News Europe in an interview.... Read More »

GM starts harvesting tech from startups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

General Motors is starting to harvest technology from the 20-plus startup companies in which it has invested. GM global purchasing chief Steve Kiefer said the automaker is starting to install gadgets and technology that were bankrolled by GM Ventures.... Read More »

CarPlay and Android Auto: They're not just for millennials

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Look past the chrome-ier grille and LED taillights on the refreshed 2016 Accord, and you'll notice Honda has integrated both Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto into the dashboard. This makes the new Accord one of the first few vehicles on the market to offer compatibility with both smartphone-integration systems.... Read More »

A FRESH START

Automakers scout the startup world for next-wave technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2015

Automakers get it: It’s risky to ignore the fountain of ingenuity found at startups. That’s why they’re using "hackathons" and other efforts to tap the innovation flowing into the car business.... Read More »

DUSTIN WALSH

BLOG: Autonomous cars will crash and be hacked ... and that's OK

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2015

Cybersecurity and the threat of chaos is a new reality in the age of connected and autonomous cars. This is the reality we live. Cars can, and will, be hacked... Read More »

BMW boosts the 'X-ness' of baby SUV

Aug. 14, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW set out to make the second-generation X1 look, feel and perform more like its bigger SUV siblings. The automaker says the new crossover is larger but uses up to 17 percent less fuel than its predecessor.... Read More »

Ford headlight failures and wrecks draw second U.S. probe

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Some Ford sedans are being scrutinized by U.S. regulators for the second time since 2008 after continuing reports that headlights suddenly turn off, leading motorists to veer off roadways and sometimes crash.... Read More »

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