Vehicle Technology

Connected cars could face data traffic jams, study says

1:02 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study.... Read More »

Audi open to others joining bid for Nokia mapping unit

May 22, 2015 15:34 CET

Audi could imagine more bidders for Nokia's HERE maps business, the automaker's research and development chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, said. Sources say Audi is working together with BMW and Daimler on an approach for the mapping business, which has drawn interest from a range of companies and buyout firms.... Read More »

Audi will enhance Chinese connected-car services with Baidu

May 22, 2015 12:32 CET

Audi will enhance its connected-car services in China by jointly developing navigation map data, positioning algorithms and point-of-interest functions with China's Web services provider Baidu as it seeks to meet growing demand for driver-assistance systems and driverless technology in the world's largest auto market.... Read More »

German carmakers team up with private equity firm to bid for Nokia map unit, report says

May 21, 2015 16:48 CET

Mercedes, Audi and BMW have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to raise their chances of clinching Nokia's map unit HERE, a report said. Automakers use HERE's maps in vehicle navigation systems and are counting on them to provide crucial context for upcoming collision-detection systems.... Read More »

Driverless cars may cut U.S. sales by 40%, Barclays says

3:19 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

US auto sales may drop about 40 percent in the next 25 years because of shared driverless cars, forcing mass-market producers such as General Motors and Ford to slash output, a Barclays Plc analyst said.... Read More »

Continental to buy Elektrobit auto unit in bid to boost autonomous tech

May 19, 2015 11:07 CET

Continental will buy the automotive business of Finnish software and hardware company Elektrobit Oyj for 600 million euros ($680 million) as the German company seeks to strengthen its position in automated driving technology.... Read More »

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BLOG: A new golden age for high performance

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Forget the 1960s. Now is the golden age of performance.... Read More »

More suppliers join active-safety fray

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

You might think that the market for collision avoidance systems - with their complex mix of radar, cameras, processors and software - would be dominated by a handful of mega-suppliers. But it hasn't happened yet, and new players are jumping into this red-hot segment.... Read More »

AT&T readies exclusive content for connected cars

3:50 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

AT&T is gearing up to bring connected car users exclusive content such as videos and games that can be streamed onto personal mobile devices later this year.... Read More »

SELF EXPRESSION

Sales staffers seek to brand themselves

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Auto salespeople increasingly are promoting themselves -- apart from their dealerships -- with personal websites, YouTube videos and social media pages as a way to sell vehicles now and down the road. It's a trend akin to one in the real-estate world, in which salespeople promote themselves rather than their agencies.... Read More »

How reviews can boost work force

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Dealers and salespeople have come to realize that the most impactful reviews, those that do the most to enhance the brand of the store or the salesperson, tell a story.... Read More »

Fight for Nokia map unit may set industry's course

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

The quest for control of the mapping company Nokia Here is shaping up as a fight between competing visions for the future of the automobile, as well as an old-school industry battle for control of the supply base.... Read More »

Audi plans backups for key safety tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

For its next big step in collision avoidance - vehicles that can swerve to avoid an obstacle - Audi AG is adopting a belt-and-suspenders approach. All key technologies, including the processors, software and sensors, will have a redundant backup system in case of failure.... Read More »

Mobileye software mimics how the human eye sees

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2015

Obstacle detection software has become a must-have technology pursued by just about every megasupplier of safety equipment. Yet, the hottest entrant in this field is a small Israeli company called Mobileye.... Read More »

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How Apple and Google could reshape the connected car sector

May 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Leading automakers believe that Apple and Google will play a key role in the connected car. The question is whether they will be partners or rivals to companies such as VW, Fiat Chrysler and Renault-Nissan.... Read More »

IndyCars test Honda, Chevy engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

The Chevrolets and Hondas that millions of Americans drive have at least one thing in common with the high-revving, single-seat open-wheeled cars that will be zipping around the track during next Sunday's running of the Indianapolis 500 - the engineers who develop the cars.... Read More »

PSA will debut self-driving features on 508

May 15, 2015 06:15 CET

Peugeot will debut self-driving features on its next 508 midsize car as the brand seeks to move upscale in Europe. The 508 will offer hands-free steering and braking control in stop-and-go traffic and along highways.... Read More »

Google says self-driving prototype ready to hit the road

12:37 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2015

Google says it is ready to take its fully autonomous prototype vehicle on the road, but the company has yet to apply for the required permit in California.... Read More »

ZF completes $12.4 billion acquisition of TRW

10:26 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2015

German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG said today that it has completed its $12.4 billion acquisition of safety systems supplier TRW Automotive Holdings.... Read More »

Nvidia plans leap from Audi navigation systems to self-driving cars

May 15, 2015 11:52 CET

Nvidia had a thriving business in supplying powerful graphics processors for video game consoles and laptop computers when VW Group asked it to adapt the same three-dimensional displays for the dashboards of Audi vehicles. Now the chipmaker has its eye on self-driving cars.... Read More »

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Audi's move to e-charger will boost Valeo, Honeywell, other turbo makers

May 15, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi will be the first automaker to use electrically boosted turbocharging in a mass-production model. The trend toward electrifying turbos is expected to benefit suppliers Valeo, Honeywell and BorgWarner.... Read More »

GM to invest $1 billion to expand, renovate Mich. tech center

8:30 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

General Motors, in a long expected boost for its r&d activities, will invest $1 billion to expand and renovate operations at its technical center in suburban Detroit. The plans for the 310-acre campus include new design studios and a multi-story IT building.... Read More »

Apple settles battery maker's scientist-poaching lawsuit

7:06 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

Apple agreed to settle a lawsuit in which it was accused of poaching a lithium-ion battery maker's scientists to work on its own project for an electronic car.... Read More »

GM to unveil plans for Tech Center's future

11:37 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

General Motors said it will unveil plans for the future of its Technical Center in suburban Detroit on Thursday.... Read More »

U.S. pledges to speed up V2V mandate

5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

Federal rules requiring new cars and trucks to have vehicle-to-vehicle communication equipment will be proposed earlier than expected as part of a government move to speed the deployment of connected-car technologies.... Read More »

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