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Up-to-the-minute maps will be critical for autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2014
Autonomous vehicles will sport sophisticated sensors and radar systems to read and react to their surroundings, but their robotic drivers still will require vivid and current roadmaps to put the various inputs into context.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Smart dealers can make big bucks through smartphones

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Car dealers are sitting on a gold mine: their idle inventories. The tool to turn that goldmine into gold is the smartphone.... Read More »

 

Tackling the next parallel-parking challenge -- unparking

1:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Ford has found the automated parking feature offered on several of its nameplates works pretty much as it’s supposed to. The vehicles steer themselves into parallel-parking spots, relieving owners of one of the most challenging and nerve-wracking driving maneuvers.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

The connected car -- circa 1956

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
It turns out that the dream of self-driving connected cars is an old one. Back in the 1950s, GM futurists envisioned a highway system that included a “Safety Autoway” that contained metallic strips embedded in the road. Those strips would be read by cameras and sensors on the road and be used to help control a car's speed and direction.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

The self-driving car may be guided by emotion

5:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
No matter how mind-blowing the idea of the self-driving car might be, and no matter how huge its potential to change the world, it is still a product like any other. It needs a strong value proposition, not just a wow factor, to enter the mainstream.... Read More »

 

Universal map accuracy will be crucial to autonomous vehicles, transport official says

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Michigan transportation chief Kirk Steudle today shared stories of some GPS mishaps to highlight one of the critical issues facing autonomous vehicles: They’ll need precise mapping to lead them.... Read More »

 

Audi plans to take over the wheel in stop-and-go driving

12:56 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Audi AG plans to roll out technology to enable autonomous driving in urban traffic, joining companies promoting features to ease the strain of operating a car.... Read More »

 

Major roadblocks still exist for driverless cars, panel says

8:43 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Improving sensor technology, solving legal issues and getting real-time mapping and traffic information into vehicles are three roadblocks that need to be removed before driverless cars can take to the roads, a panel of experts concluded Monday in Detroit.... Read More »

 

VW says fuel cell cars will struggle beyond Japan

Sept. 8, 2014 10:52 CET
Volkswagen says fuel cell cars will probably struggle to catch on outside Japan where the government has invested in measures including a fuel-station network and generous subsidies that are too high for other countries to match.... Read More »

 

Bill Ford touts automakers working with small tech startups

10:54 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
As the world evolves toward a radically altered transportation network with autonomous cars, ride-sharing services and electrified vehicles, traditional automakers need to work with small startup companies that provide new technologies, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said.... Read More »

 

Verizon to launch app for car sharing, rentals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Wireless telecommunications giant Verizon today announced plans to introduce a new smartphone app that would allow rental car customers to unlock a vehicle.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Gigafactory: Tesla's key to meeting cost, range targets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
The ceremony last week announcing Tesla's decision to build its lithium ion battery "gigafactory" in Nevada was filled with phrases such as "as many as" and "as much as."... Read More »

 

Toyota to add active safety tech to entire U.S. lineup by 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Toyota Division plans to adopt accident-avoidance features throughout its U.S. lineup by 2017, said Bill Fay, Toyota Division's general manager.... Read More »

 

GM plans to launch Cadillac CTS with vehicle-to-vehicle tech in 2 years

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Sunday that Cadillac will launch a CTS sedan with vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology in about two years, as GM looks to establish itself as a leader in the connected-car space.... Read More »

 

'Smarter' cars still looking for direction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2014
The car of the future, as it's being developed today, is a rolling Internet hot spot, a node on a vast network of vehicles, a high-speed mobile computer capable of analyzing its surroundings in a blink and making precise, split-second decisions in response.... Read More »

 

Delphi lands GM for vehicle-to-vehicle warning system

5:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
Delphi Automotive PLC said it has lined up a contract to produce a vehicle-to-vehicle communication device that will warn drivers of possible accidents. General Motors later confirmed it was the customer for the system.... Read More »

 

Automakers, suppliers fund research toward cars that talk to each other

11:07 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
A group of companies, including several large automakers, have joined a public-private research initiative to lay the groundwork for a system that wirelessly connects vehicles and helps smooth the flow of traffic, the University on Michigan said today.... Read More »

 

Fuel economy of new vehicles bought hits all-time high

5:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
The fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. during August hit an all-time high, a University of Michigan report said Thursday.... Read More »

 

Autonomous car era brings risk of hijacking by hackers

5:04 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
The prospect of autonomous cars being controlled by remote navigation and computer systems is troubling to government regulators and law enforcement agencies. Self-driving vehicles could be exposed to threats from hackers who could hijack cars and potentially control them remotely, turning them into mules for criminal purposes or even using them as weapons.... Read More »

 

Mobileye Q2 revenues jump, sees strong growth in 2014

3:43 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
One month after going public, Mobileye posted lower net income but sharply higher revenue on strong demand for its camera-based systems that help drivers avoid collisions.... Read More »

 

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Citroen CEO on why the C4 Cactus embodies brand's revised values

Sept. 3, 2014 06:15 CET
Linda Jackson, Citroen's new CEO, has the tough task of leading the brand without the newly independent DS line. Standout design and useful technology will be key to boosting the brand's sales, she told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

Toyota will expand active safety systems to entire U.S. lineup

9:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Toyota Division plans to make active safety technology -- including anti-collision systems -- available throughout its entire lineup in the United States by 2017, said Bill Fay, Toyota Division's general manager.... Read More »

 

Daimler buys smartphone apps but seeks to avoid Uber controversy

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Daimler said it had bought Mytaxi and RideScout, two smartphone applications that will help the maker of Mercedes-Benz limousines provide services to people who do not own cars.... Read More »

 

VinSolutions promotes 2 managers after exec departs

2:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Dealership software supplier VinSolutions has promoted two of its top managers, effective immediately, upon the departure of executive Brian Skutta, the company said today.... Read More »

 

Where Jaguar Land Rover may take EVs, hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Wolfgang Ziebart, head of product development for Jaguar Land Rover, is guiding the expansion of the Land Rover and Jaguar ranges.... Read More »

 

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