Vehicle Technology

FCA's anti-hacking recall marks industry milestone

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's recall of about 1.4 million cars and trucks equipped with radios that are vulnerable to hacking is the first formal safety campaign in response to a cybersecurity threat.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to install anti-hacking software

11:30 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million vehicles to close a software loophole that allowed hackers to remotely take control of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The company previously only advised owners to download a software patch or take their vehicle to a dealer to have it installed.... Read More »

Chevrolet plans low-cost pedestrian avoidance on Malibu

3:45 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

GM is introducing a pedestrian-avoidance system on the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, the latest example of active-safety features proliferating on mainstream vehicles. GM said Friday it will offer 22 active safety systems across its brands for the 2016 model year.... Read More »

Lamborghini shelves plug-in Asterion coupe in favor of Urus SUV, report says

July 24, 2015 12:03 CET

Lamborghini has put on hold a production plug-in hybrid Asterion coupe in favor of bringing the Urus SUV to market in 2018, a magazine reported, citing the automaker's CEO Stephan Winkelmann.... Read More »

Infiniti Q30 will be powered by Mercedes engines

July 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Infiniti's Q30 compact car will be powered by two gasoline Mercedes engines, likely the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter units used in the A-class compact car, a source said. The Q30 is based on Mercedes's MFA front-wheel-drive compact architecture that also underpins the A class.... Read More »

Uber, Santander end car-loan partnership

3:20 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

The partnership between Uber Technologies and Banco Santander SA's U.S. auto loan unit has ended, Uber says, removing one of the country's most prominent car lenders from a program trumpeted by the app-based ride service.... Read More »

Zetsche says hacking concerns drive Mercedes bid for Nokia maps unit

July 23, 2015 12:17 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said a desire to have better control over data security is one of the reasons Mercedes is part of a German car-making consortium bidding for Nokia's high-definition mapping business.... Read More »

Senate bill aims to secure cars from hackers, protect consumer privacy

3:12 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

A bill proposed by two U.S. senators would direct NHTSA and the Federal Trade Commission to establish rules that would secure cars against hackers and protect consumer privacy. The proposal comes as Fiat Chrysler offers a software patch to close a loophole that let two hackers take control of a moving Jeep SUV.... Read More »

Google's self-driving cars, mishaps aside, are 'learning the road,' exec says

12:43 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

The head of Google's self-driving car program said the company's test vehicles are very safe and noted recent accidents involving them were minor and actually the fault of other drivers, not Google technology.... Read More »

Jeep hacking prompts FCA software update to enhance security

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Fiat Chrysler released a security patch after friendly hackers exposed a startling vulnerability in the company’s Uconnect infotainment system. The hackers were able to shut down a Jeep SUV while it was traveling on the highway.... Read More »

TomTom, Bosch step up joint effort to gain ground in car maps race

8:13 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Dutch mapmaker TomTom has deepened its partnership in high-definition mapping with German auto supplier Robert Bosch to refine the technology crucial for autonomous driving.... Read More »

Nokia nears agreement with BMW, Audi, Mercedes on maps unit, report says

July 21, 2015 12:55 CET

Nokia is nearing an agreement to sell its maps business to BMW, Audi and Mercedes, with a decision possible as early as next week, sources said.... Read More »

Self-driving cars get 32-acre city at University of Michigan to hone skills

6:39 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

A simulated city opened Monday on the north campus of the University of Michigan to test how self-driving cars will travel in the future without mowing down pedestrians or causing colossal crashes.... Read More »

Private tracks best venue to test self-driving cars, key U.S. senator says

3:16 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Self-driving cars would be "better" tested on private test tracks than on public roads, said a U.S. senator who has authored several bills on advanced vehicle technologies, after Google disclosed injuries in its latest accident involving a prototype.... Read More »

For Bosch, sensors make sense

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

To understand the future of the high-tech automobile, check out the $1.1 billion “clean plant” built here in 2010 by Robert Bosch GmbH. The plant produces pressure sensors, accelerometers and gyroscopes that feed data to the computer chips that control a vehicle's engine, stability control system, air bags and other key functions.... Read More »

Volvo seeks power boost with Polestar tuning unit

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Volvo Cars has acquired Swedish race car maker Polestar's tuning division and will use the name for an expanded high-performance line to challenge Mercedes-AMG and BMW's M models.... Read More »

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All self-driving cars will need V2V capability

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Two SUVs on a California street try to merge into the same lane at the same time and get too close. Happens all the time. Except these two vehicles were self-driving cars.... Read More »

Google self-driving car was rear-ended July 1, causing minor injuries

11:07 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

One of Google's self-driving cars was involved in an accident early in July, in which three people were injured when a vehicle equipped with Google technology was rear-ended by another vehicle, the company said.... Read More »

Former GM researcher, auto safety expert Donald Friedman dies at 88

1:14 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Donald Friedman, a former General Motors researcher and auto safety consultant, died last month in Southern California. He was 88.... Read More »

Autoliv agrees to buy M/A COM automotive tech unit for $100 million

6:58 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Swedish auto safety products supplier Autoliv agreed to purchase the automotive unit of semiconductor provider M/A COM Technology Solutions for a base price of $100 million plus incentives and fees.... Read More »

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PSA exec foresees single regulation for diesel and gasoline emissions

July 17, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's chief engineer for downsized gasoline engines foresees a day when there is a single regulation for diesel and gasoline emissions. Denis Fourchon also told Automotive News Europe that diesels will struggle to remain Europe's top powertrain as gasoline engines become more fuel efficient.... Read More »

Michigan driverless car testing site opens Monday

11:01 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

The University of Michigan will officially open its new testing site for connected and driverless cars on Monday. The 32-acre testing grounds, called Mcity, are designed to simulate urban and suburban roads with a network of controlled intersections, traffic signals, streetlights, sidewalks, construction obstacles and more, the university said in a statement.... Read More »

Subaru recalls 32,400 Imprezas to fix potential airbag problem

10:07 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Subaru of America is recalling some Impreza compact cars for an issue with the occupancy detection system that can prevent the front passenger airbag from deploying during a crash.... Read More »

Mobileye offers alternative route to Google's driverless future

8:06 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Automotive technology supplier Mobileye's plans for bringing hands-free driving to market marks a contrast with the headline-grabbing effort by Google, whose moonshot, bottom-up approach aims to transform the auto industry in one dramatic sweep. Mobileye is already making money with systems that lay the stepping stones toward a driverless future.... Read More »

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Skoda makes new Superb smarter and more spacious

July 15, 2015 06:01 CET

Skoda has loaded its Superb midsize car with semi-autonomous driving technology typically found on more expensive vehicles.... Read More »

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