Vehicle Technology

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 »


Connected car finally may have found a parking spot

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

Parking is drawing a new level of attention from in-car navigation specialists such as Inrix, of Kirkland, Wash., which already taps into smartphone data to beam down cloud-based traffic updates to millions of cars.... 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 »


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 »

Gentex transforms rear-view mirror into high-tech vision system

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Gentex is broadening its role from a traditional Michigan-based auto parts maker to a supplier of high-tech vision systems that eventually could be integrated into self-driving cars.... Read More »

VW joins anti-hacking venture as Web-connected car use grows

Sept. 18, 2015 15:21 CET

Volkswagen is partnering with German companies to fight cybercriminals. The partners will set up a Berlin-based venture to offer services to identify cyber risks and repel cyber attacks.... Read More »


BLOG: Mercedes pickup won't be a 'fat cowboy truck'

6:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz pickup that isn't a Unimog is coming, and it'll share some underpinnings with the Nissan NP300 Navara pickup. The latest Nissan Navara NP300 1-ton truck made its debut in the metal at the Frankfurt motor show, with Daimler announcing plans to use it as the basis for a yet-unnamed midsize pickup that will be sold in a number of markets under the Mercedes-Benz badge.... Read More »


BLOG: Wave your hand, watch the hood pop (minus grimy fingers)

6:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Auto suppliers are not only working to make for clean air. Some also want clean hands.... Read More »

Mercedes eyes driverless limousine service as potential market

Sept. 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Mercedes sees business potential in offering on-demand limousine services using driverless cars. "This is a concrete development goal," Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said.... Read More »

Suzuki confirms $3.8 billion buyback of Volkswagen stake

Sept. 17, 2015 16:39 CET

Suzuki confirmed that Volkswagen has sold back all 111.6 million shares it held in the Japanese carmaker for $3.8 billion, closing the final chapter of an acrimonious partnership.... Read More »

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