Vehicle Technology

No key ring tags, GM tells dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
In its recall-induced quest to strip customers' key chains of any dangling tchotchkes, GM has raised the alarm about promotional key tags.... Read More »

 

BIG DATA PLAN

Ford data crunchers help dealers fine-tune inventory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford Motor Co. is trying to take the guesswork out of dealership inventory ordering, using advances in big data technology to offer its stores sophisticated recommendations for their orders. Some dealerships are resisting.... Read More »

 

Bosch to sell laser-based radar by '20

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
German supplier Robert Bosch GmbH will sell a laser-based radar known as lidar by 2020 to meet demand for high-tech sensors in autos... Read More »

 

Hybrids help supercars cut CO2

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ultraluxury nameplates such as Ferrari, McLaren, Bentley and Porsche are opting for electric powertrains to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions from their supercars.... Read More »

 

POWER PLAYERS

Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help.... Read More »

 

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 »

 

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