Vehicle Technology

GM to invest $1 billion to expand, renovate Mich. tech center

8:30 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

General Motors, in a long expected boost for its r&d activities, will invest $1 billion to expand and renovate operations at its technical center in suburban Detroit. The plans for the 310-acre campus include new design studios and a multi-story IT building.... Read More »

Apple settles battery maker's scientist-poaching lawsuit

7:06 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

Apple agreed to settle a lawsuit in which it was accused of poaching a lithium-ion battery maker's scientists to work on its own project for an electronic car.... Read More »

GM to unveil plans for Tech Center's future

11:37 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

General Motors said it will unveil plans for the future of its Technical Center in suburban Detroit on Thursday.... Read More »

U.S. pledges to speed up V2V mandate

5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

Federal rules requiring new cars and trucks to have vehicle-to-vehicle communication equipment will be proposed earlier than expected as part of a government move to speed the deployment of connected-car technologies.... Read More »

Porsche SE plans car-connectivity investments

May 13, 2015 16:22 CET

Porsche SE, the controlling shareholder of Volkswagen Group, plans to use its cash to invest in car-connectivity technology as part of a push to expand its portfolio beyond the automaker.... Read More »

COMMENTARY: DAVE GUILFORD

Which road to self-driving tech will win?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

The auto industry has an increasingly bipolar view of autonomous vehicles. The basic question is whether to go all in or install limited doses of self-driving technology. Let's look at the two poles.... Read More »

Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid decision to come this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Porsche AG is considering whether to produce a plug-in hybrid version of the 911 sports car, and company leaders will make a decision later this year. Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says plug-in technology will help save fuel and also boost vehicle performance.... Read More »

Google, Delphi disclose crashes in self-driving cars

7:17 pm U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Four experimental self-driving cars have had fender-benders on California roads since September, when the state first required companies such as Google to hold permits for testing on public roads, according to a new report.... Read More »

Mobileye wins 2 contracts for its EyeQ4 chip

11:38 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Mobileye, the Israeli designer of camera-based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, for active safety and automated driving, has won two contracts to outfit vehicles with its EyeQ4 chips as standard equipment by the end of the decade.... Read More »

'Nutty' demand has Tesla rethinking battery market

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Musk says Tesla's stationary batteries may need twice as many battery cells as its cars, signaling that Tesla may not be a car company forever.... Read More »

Mitsubishi mulls EV crossover as Evo heir

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Mitsubishi is about to discontinue the Lancer Evolution, yet the Evo name may survive in the form of a speedy plug-in crossover.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Who owns vehicle-generated data?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Determining who owns data generated by motor vehicles keeps getting more complicated. And it's going to get worse. As more companies develop and test autonomous vehicles, we'll have to sort out how to handle the inevitable malfunctions and crashes that come with adopting any new technology.... Read More »

German carmakers may need help to bid for Nokia's high-tech maps

May 10, 2015 14:10 CET

German automakers may need help to buy Nokia's mapping unit as a rival bid from Uber signals interest from Silicon Valley players. High-definition mapping has emerged as a key feature for autonomous driving and connected car services.... Read More »

Uber joins German automakers in seeking to buy Nokia's mapping service

May 8, 2015 10:29 CET

Uber Technologies has submitted a bid for HERE, Nokia's maps business, for as much as $3 billion, a report said. The offer is competing with a bid by a group of German automakers, including BMW, Audi and Mercedes, which are teaming up with Chinese Internet search engine giant Baidu on a deal.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Self-driving cars are a lot closer than you think

6:42 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2015

Each year, bit by bit, cars will become more fully autonomous as the industry bakes “driver-assist” technology into packages of safety options. Gadgetry that five years ago seemed like science fiction is quietly becoming commonplace in a range of models, from luxury Audis to middle-market Subarus.... Read More »

Daimler to test self-driving trucks in Nev.

6:39 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

Daimler has been granted a license by Nevada to test self-driving trucks on public roads, as the U.S. and Europe race to establish a regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

JLR eyes patent for rear wiper control

2:27 pm U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover has applied for a patent on an invention, highlighted at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, that would control a vehicle's rear window wiper through the driver's eye movement.... Read More »

Automakers seek to delay tougher EU emissions testing

May 6, 2015 14:59 CET

European carmakers want a three-year delay to new rules that would reduce the fuel-saving claims they can make for their vehicles, a report says. The EU wants to tighten vehicle testing to close loopholes such as driving on an unrealistically smooth surface and taping up car doors and windows.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation. But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation. But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating.... Read More »

Average U.S. fuel economy fell in April

1:37 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the US dropped one-fifth of a mpg last month from March, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

TomTom eyes autonomous cars

6:49 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dutch navigation company TomTom aims to become a main provider of technology for self-driving cars as it charts its way back to success after seven lean years, CEO Harold Goddijn said.... Read More »

Hyundai Mobis moves fast on autonomous tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Hyundai Mobis, South Korea's biggest supplier, is moving fast to bulk up its autonomous drive technology program, to boost the competiveness of the safety systems of its most important customer: The Hyundai-Kia group.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Which approach to autonomous driving will win?

3:57 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

When it comes to autonomous driving technology, the basic question boils down to whether to go all in or install it in limited doses.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The knock on higher octane

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

Higher octane fuel may be necessary to meet future fuel economy standards. Automakers want it but can’t publicly call for it. Refiners don’t want to make it. Adding more ethanol brings a slew of new problems.... Read More »

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