Vehicle Technology


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 »


BLOG: Honda's LaneWatch is distracting, unnecessary -- and an opportunity for dealers

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2015

Some of today's automotive technology is unneeded and, in some cases, more hindrance than helpful. Case in point: Honda's LaneWatch technology.... Read More »


Renault CEO Ghosn touts Megane's hi-tech features

Sept. 17, 2015 12:00 CET

Renault says the new Megane will stand out in Europe's tough compact segment because of its advanced technology that includes four-wheel steering, a portrait-style 8.7-inch infotainment screen, full color head-up display and a Multi-Sense driving control system.... Read More »

Honda targets Europe's finest compacts with ambitious remake of Civic

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Honda, borrowing from the playbooks of Europe's top luxury compacts, has overhauled the Civic from top to bottom in a bid to re-establish its small-car chops. The redesigned Civic will offer a Christmas list of high-end features and engineering specs that are rare for its class.... Read More »

Automakers asked by U.S. senators for details on cyber security

12:55 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Two U.S. senators have asked the world's biggest automakers for information on steps they have taken to protect cars from being hacked, as attention on vehicle security has surged following the first car recall over a cyber bug.... Read More »

BMW will 'step up' digital features

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

The next frontier for BMW AG is growing the digital end of its business, both in its vehicles and the retail environment.... Read More »

BMW to 'step up' digital features

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

The next frontier for BMW is growing the digital end of its business, in vehicles and on the retail front. New consumer programs will focus on service and making it more seamless. In vehicles, improved connectivity and even autonomous driving “will weave itself into all of our next architectures,” the brand's top sales and marketing executive says.... Read More »

Mercedes open to battery alliance with BMW, Audi, Zetsche says

Sept. 16, 2015 15:32 CET

Mercedes is open to the idea of creating an alliance with rivals BMW and Audi to manufacture next-generation batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the automaker's CEO, Dieter Zetsche, said. A deal would extend an alliance formed by the three automakers earlier this year to buy Nokia's maps business, Here.... Read More »

BMW eyes new business opportunities with autonomous cars

Sept. 16, 2015 09:58 CET

BMW is rethinking its products, design and business models for the advent of driverless cars, said Peter Schwarzenbauer, the group's Mini boss. The executive added that the competitive advantage for premium carmakers will be based on their ability to offer a portfolio of transport options far beyond just selling cars.... Read More »

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