Vehicle Technology

FCA to recall 7,810 SUVs to prevent hacking

5:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Friday it would recall 7,810 SUVs in the United States to update software for radios to prevent hacking.... Read More »

Toyota invests $50 million in artificial intelligence for smarter cars

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Seeking to make cars better at avoiding crashes, Toyota will spend $50 million over five years to set up joint research centers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, the Japanese automaker said today. Toyota has also hired a robotics expert from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a Pentagon r&d division that has played a pivotal role in the development of self-driving cars.... Read More »

Wireless car updates to save billions, transform service experience, IHS predicts

11:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Over-the-air software updates are set to save automakers billions of dollars over the next decade and could fundamentally alter the relationship between drivers, automakers and dealerships, an IHS Automotive study reported.... Read More »

Alcoa plans new r&d center for advanced 3D printing processes

11:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Metals company Alcoa said today it will invest $60 million to expand its r&d center in Pennsylvania to explore ways to make 3D printing viable on an industrial scale to produce parts for the aerospace, automotive and construction sectors.... Read More »

Lear buys downtown Detroit office building

10:16 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Seating and electronics suppler Lear has purchased a 50,000-square-foot building in downtown Detroit for an undisclosed price.... Read More »

German carmakers win U.S. antitrust approval to buy Nokia maps

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2015

German carmakers BMW, Audi and Mercedes have won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Nokia's maps business for around 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion), the Federal Trade Commission said today.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Is there room under the Blue Oval for Ranger, Bronco and Troller in U.S.?

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Ever since Ford dropped the midsize Ranger pickup in late 2011, the company has been pestered regularly and repeatedly about replacing it.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Will the next Nissan Z be a crossover?

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

After scrapping production plans for the Nissan IDx coupes, there is now a very real possibility that the next Z car will be a crossover.... Read More »

First Tesla Model X buyers now picking colors, 'Ludicrous Mode'

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

The first customers who reserved Tesla's Model X all-electric SUV have been alerted that, at long last, they can choose their paint color, wheel size and whether they want to drive ludicrously fast.... Read More »

Can BMW's tech-loaded, plush 7 series take on Mercedes S class?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

BMW's redesigned 2016 7-series sedan illustrates that even the brand that touts itself as a driver's car has succumbed to the gadget and semi-autonomous driving trend. In fact, BMW has outdone the Mercedes-Benz S-class sedan with gizmos.... Read More »

Automakers' high tech collects dust

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

According to J.D. Power's first Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report, at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners never have used 16 of the 33 technology features measured.... Read More »

Denso goes green with center to grow algae-based biofuel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso, better known for its fuel injectors, air-conditioners and electronics, will open a large testing center in Japan to develop biofuel from algae.... Read More »

Toyota's top suppliers prepare a tech blitz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2015

Toyota's top suppliers are readying a host of advanced technologies for their No. 1 customer, including steer-by-wire systems, grille shutters, more efficient regenerative braking and new automatic transmissions.... Read More »

New BMW 7 series focuses on comfort to beat S class

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW believes its latest 7 series offers levels of comfort that will help it close the gap with the segment-leading Mercedes-Benz S class, especially in the key China market where wealthy executives prize comfort features above driving dynamics.... Read More »

PSA's DS brand creates performance unit to develop EV and plug-in hybrid technology

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's DS Automobiles upscale brand has created a motorsports unit to support its racing activities that could provide future technology for the production of electric and high-performance cars.... Read More »

Cars will be ripe for identity theft as shopping comes to dashboard, experts say

11:48 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Hackers can already take control of a car. And as vehicles become rolling shopping malls, cybercriminals will have an opportunity to snatch your identity, too. Eager for a cut of drivers' purchases of fast food, gas and more, automakers have big plans to bring e-commerce to the dashboard.... Read More »

New car technologies often unused by drivers, J.D. Power finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

A new study from J.D. Power suggests that automakers are investing billions into technologies that a considerable number of drivers aren't using. J.D. Power's first 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report found that at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of the 33 technology features measured.... Read More »

3-D printing accelerates Honda Pilot development

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Automakers are again taking a run at accelerating the new-car development cycle, this time with an assist from 3D printing. The latest example comes from Honda, whose just-launched 2016 Pilot is the product of a new computer-driven development process in which the automaker was able to eliminate the production of hand-built prototypes.... Read More »

Autonomous driving and the law: Who's responsible when there's a machine at the wheel?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Drivers cause accidents, accidents cause injuries and injuries cause lawsuits. But if the advent of autonomous vehicles means cars increasingly control themselves, who is liable when something goes bump?... Read More »

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

Why autonomous cars should drive the way we do

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

As drivers, we're never as comfortable as when we or someone with the same risk tolerance and driving style is at the wheel. In that sense, even a well-trained computer might frighten us by taking a curve faster than we'd like, or exasperate us by hewing too blindly to the speed limit.... Read More »

Mazda turbo to do double duty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Mazda has engineered a potent turbocharged version of its 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine to power the redesigned CX-9 crossover that goes on sale in early 2016, according to two sources familiar with Mazda's product plan.... Read More »

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

BLOG: Why autonomous cars should drive the way we do

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

As drivers, we're never as comfortable as when we or someone with the same risk tolerance and driving style is at the wheel. In that sense, even a well-trained computer might frighten us by taking a curve faster than we'd like, or exasperate us by hewing too blindly to the speed limit.... Read More »

Automakers form alliance to bolster cybersecurity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Automakers are taking coordinated steps to address cybersecurity. The effort is designed to address growing concern over cyberthreats to their connected cars.... Read More »

Tesla engineer joins Apple's growing team of automated car experts

2:53 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Apple has hired a senior engineer from Tesla, according to a LinkedIn posting, as part of Apple's effort to build a team of experts in automated driving.... Read More »

Zetsche mulls cooperation with Apple, Google, report says

8:03 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Daimler's CEO said "different types" of cooperation with Apple and Google are possible as carmakers realize next-generation autos cannot be built without greater input from telecoms and software experts.... Read More »

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