Vehicle Technology

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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Automakers called out on lousy voice recognition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
The world's automakers are going to be doing a lot of cringing now that J.D. Power plans to lay into them for one of the most poorly executed technologies they peddle to consumers -- voice recognition.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

You ain't seen nothing yet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
With car shows filling the calendar across the country, it's a good time to contemplate your favorite car from the 1960s or 1970s.... 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 »

 

BMW's new X1 will be the second model to use front-wheel-drive platform

Aug. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW plans to launch a revamped X1 and an all-new X2 next summer based on the company's UKL1 front-wheel-drive platform. The SUVs will be the second and third BMW-brand fwd models after the 2-series Active Tourer.... Read More »

 

How Tesla-Toyota EV project lost its spark

11:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Once lauded by Tesla and Toyota as a springboard for a deeper partnership, a joint project between the two companies that produced Toyota's electric RAV4 has slowly unraveled. The tie-up was marred by clashes between engineers, according to people with knowledge of the matter, and highlights how quickly marriages of convenience can turn sour in the auto industry.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Self-driving cars will still need human help

10:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Forget the hype. Self-driving vehicles are a long way off, and when they do arrive, what they actually do will probably be a lot less than our image of automated driving.... Read More »

 

DUSTIN WALSH

Nvidia continues quest to bring computer power to cars

9:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
A year after opening an office in Michigan, computer processor maker Nvidia continues its quest to bring modern computer power to the automobile.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Tough European CO2 targets will help keep region's fuel-efficiency lead

Aug. 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Europe automakers are speeding up the introduction of alternative fuel powertrains in a bid to cut CO2 emissions ahead of tougher limits planned by the European Union.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

J.D. Power pans in-car voice recognition systems

5:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
In-car voice recognition systems work so poorly that automakers should give up trying to add new features and go back to the basics, said Kristin Kolodge, JD Power's executive director of driver interaction.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Software is key to sizzling active safety market, Delphi exec says

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The $14 billion global market for collision avoidance and driver assistance is expected to grow about 25 percent a year -- a growth rate that has established active safety as one of the auto industry's hottest segments.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

New systems amaze, but what about the joy of driving?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Recent visits to Visteon Corp. and Valeo North America threw me into a bit of a funk. They are working to create a cloud-based, always-connected information pod. Taking a back seat is the joy of driving.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Ram exec says first company with a 30 mpg pickup 'wins'

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Ram launched the 1500 EcoDiesel, the first light-duty diesel pickup in the United States in more than a decade, early this year. Sales are strong, and Ram is working to increase the supply of the 3.0-liter Italian-made turbodiesel.... Read More »

 

Mitsu Electric teams with tech heavyweights on infotainment

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Inc. is partnering up to stay competitive in the infotainment market.... Read More »

 

Chrysler, Nissan looking into claims their cars 'most hackable'

9:07 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Chrysler and Nissan said they are reviewing a report by well-known cyber security experts that rates their vehicles among the three "most hackable" cars on the market, along with a General Motors model.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Fuel regs will stymie industry after 2018, NADA economist says

10:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The federal targets for higher vehicle fuel efficiency will curb the industry's ability to sell more cars after the end of this decade, a leading economist predicts.... Read More »

 

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