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Are automakers addicted to in-car features overload?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Automakers are confusing customers by overloading vehicles with an array of infotainment features, many of which are never used. Panelists at the SAE Congress in Detroit said the industry needs to rethink in-car systems with the goal of adding simplicity and reducing distraction.... Read More »

Tesla hit by hackers on Twitter, media-relations email accounts

8:14 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Tesla's Twitter feed and its media-relations email account were hacked Saturday, with the electric-car maker becoming the latest victim of online vandals.... Read More »

GM to give Kettering University $4 million for proving ground, powertrain lab

6:38 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Kettering University, which taught General Motors leaders such as CEO Mary Barra, is getting a $4 million gift from the carmaker to build a proving ground and powertrain test lab.... Read More »

Ford's Sync 3 debut, vehicle launches are out of sync

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

The 2015 Ford Edge has been on sale for only a month, but it's already about to be out-of-date. Ford Motor Co. plans to start rolling out Sync 3, its replacement for the MyFord Touch infotainment system, starting this summer.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

Auto industry should cheer Tesla Motors' battery play

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

When it unveils its first batteries for homes and businesses this week, Tesla Motors will no longer be a car company. It will be an energy company, competing against electric utilities just as it has gone after the car market.... Read More »

Innovation inspires suppliers along with industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

The 21st annual Automotive News PACE awards were handed out April 20 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center here. The awards are sponsored by EY, the Transportation Research Center Inc. and Automotive News. Fourteen awards were won by 12 suppliers. Continental Automotive and Federal-Mogual Corp., won two awards each.... Read More »

Power study: Safety trumps infotainment

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Automakers should invest in safety technology, over entertainment and convenience, to satisfy customers, according to a J.D. Power study released last week... Read More »

Can automakers unplug connected cars?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

In the era of over-the-air software updates, automakers will happily add new features. But what happens when they decide to take them away?... Read More »

Toyota: Output of fuel cell cars will top out at 3,000 a year

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Japanese customers have a three-year wait for Toyota's new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car, because the automaker can't make more of the cars. Using existing manufacturing technology, Toyota predicts output will top out at 3,000 fuel cell cars a year.... Read More »

Futurist sees self-driving cars as a given

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Self-driving cars aren't just possible. They're inevitable, says Ray Kurzweil, the inventor and futurist who's now director of engineering for Google.... Read More »

SAE WORLD CONGRESS

Driverless cars and the big conundrum

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

If autonomous driving is Megatrend No. 1 in the global industry, the matter of how to handle the human interface may be Conundrum No. 1. It was a hot topic last week as auto executives debated the technology of driverless cars during SAE's annual world congress in Detroit, an event that attracted thousands of engineers.... Read More »

Jaguar adds horsepower to the dashboard

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover is not known for cutting-edge dashboard computers, but a lightning-quick navigation system in the redesigned XF sedan may change that.... Read More »

Where the heck is Apple CarPlay?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

Validation testing has delayed the rollout of Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto, showing the challenge of updating cars at smartphone speed.... Read More »

Higher octane fuel could add mpg, SAE panel says

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

In a world of higher octane gasoline -- in which 95 would replace 87 and become the new regular -- automakers could more easily and affordably meet stringent fuel economy standards as well as reduce carbon dioxide emissions.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Plug-ins poised to be Europe's top electrified drivetrain

April 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Plug-in hybrid cars are forecast to outsell standard hybrids by 2019 and reach 1.2 million sales annually in Europe in 10 years. The rapid rise will come as automakers strive to meet tougher European CO2 rules that start to take effect in 2020.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Seeing through Mini's digital goggles

4:30 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

I cannot imagine life without a smartphone or a tablet, but after testing a set of digital goggles from Mini I am not convinced yet that I need to add augmented reality eyewear to my driving experience. The aviator-style eyewear is BMW's interpretation of computerized headsets such as Google Glass.... Read More »

Google's 'Mobilegeddon' forces dealerships to get mobile-friendly

3:54 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

If consumer preferences haven't already prompted auto dealerships to operate mobile-friendly websites and digital marketing tools, Google is giving them an extra nudge.... Read More »

Auto safety technology trumps entertainment for consumers, J.D. Power study finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Automakers should invest in safety technology, over entertainment and convenience, to satisfy customers, according to a J.D. Power study released today.... Read More »

Peugeot, IBM agree to develop new connected-car services

8:26 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

PSA Peugeot Citroen and IBM are working together to hook cars up to the Internet, going beyond mapping and infotainment to link vehicles up to shops, service networks and urban transport grids, the companies said today.... Read More »

Google exec sees self-driving cars as inevitable

4:05 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Ray Kurzweil, inventor, futurist and Google's director of engineering, opened the SAE World Congress here by pointing out that predicting the future is easy -- and saying self-driving cars are inevitable.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: With 3-D printing, product development flies

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

3-D printers are dramatically cutting product development costs, allowing engineers and designers to get prototype parts in hours, not weeks.... Read More »

PACE Award winners take on the fuel economy challenge

9:15 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Auto suppliers are responding to automakers' needs for better fuel economy, claiming half of this year's Automotive News PACE Awards with innovations that cut weight or make powertrains more efficient. Fourteen game-changing products and processes from 12 suppliers were honored at a ceremony in Detroit tonight.... Read More »

Chevrolet explores autonomous driving with FNR concept

8:56 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Having just declared its goal of hitting 1 million vehicle sales in China by 2020, Chevrolet revealed a futuristic concept car at the Shanghai auto show meant to showcase its technical prowess to young Chinese buyers. The FNR concept, an acronym for the brand's “Find New Roads” theme, is a pod-like, science-fiction inspired autonomous electric vehicle.... Read More »

PACE Award winners to be announced tonight

11:19 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

It's showtime for the 2015 PACE Awards. The winners will be announced tonight at a black-tie event at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. The 21st annual awards honor innovation in the supplier community.... Read More »

Test Drive TV mobile app delivers official car videos to enthusiasts

2:32 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

A new mobile video app that curates official Web videos posted by automakers on sites such as YouTube and organizes them into individual channels on the app is now live.... Read More »

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