Automotive News People News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:00:00 EST Baker 'put Land Rover on the map' Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Bill Baker, the legendary PR man who played a key role in Land Rover's successful return to the U.S. in 1986, died Thursday, Feb. 16, at his home near Laguna Niguel, Calif. He was 72. Good, Walsworth join Automotive News Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has made two additions to its newsroom staff. Tim Good has joined as a graphics/copy editor, and Jack Walsworth is a Subaru reporter and website producer. Obituaries Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Longtime Detroit-area dealer Jack Demmer died Jan. 31. He was 93. Auto writer leaves lasting influence Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Jim Mateja, one of the nation's most trusted auto writers, and a fixture at the Chicago Tribune for four decades, had that tough-as-nails Chicago persona. Automotive News makes staff changes in editorial, sales Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has made changes to its editorial team and additions to its sales staff. Cue the 'Comedians in Cars' laugh track Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Jerry Seinfield's weekly celebration of classic-car life, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," shifts next month to Netflix from Sony's Crackle platform. Kaellenius: AI awakening accelerated autonomous Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST What has driven the industry's recent surge toward autonomous vehicles? Ola Kaellenius, Daimler's new head of randd, says breakthroughs in artificial intelligence have made all the difference. When Bentley owners are the have-nots Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Wolfgang Durheimer, CEO of both of the Volkswagen Group-owned brands, makes it sound like the Bentleys and Bugattis live on the other side of the tracks from each other. Uber tech effort aims to ease 'surge pricing' Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Uber drivers needn't worry about the company's heavy push into self-driving vehicles, a top executive says. The man who assembled Tesla's supply base Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Peter Carlsson was a Swedish purchasing executive in cellphones and computer chips before taking over procurement and supply chain management for Tesla Motors in 2011. Bill Ford: Mobility can lift margins Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST More than a century after Henry Ford put the world on wheels, his great-grandson Bill Ford is trying to reinvent mobility. They said it: Quotes heard from the 2017 Automotive News World Congress Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST A collection of quotes from the 2017 Automotive News World Congress. 'Tinkering' gets results at Waymo Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, formerly known as Google's self-driving car project, said the company's vertically integrated self-driving platform was born when Google engineers "began tinkering." Bolt? Tesla? The Woz gets both Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST On Jan. 3, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak took to Facebook to inform the world that a brand-new silver Chevy Bolt 'will be our main car.' Trump, autonomous cars, VW and the new GM: The year's biggest stories Sun, 1 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Donald Trump's surprising presidential election victory leads our list of the top stories of 2016. In 2016, we said hello to ... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST A look back at the vehicles, people and developments that we said hello to in 2016. They said what? The year in quotations Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST A look back at some of the notable quotes from 2016. Here's our list from President-elect Donald Trump, Ford CEO Mark Fields, Renault-Nissan's Carlos Ghosn and FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, among others. The force is strong at GM tech center Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Derek Lane-Waters, who works at the General Motors' Warren, Mich. Remembering 16 auto industry leaders who died in 2016 Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News looks back on 16 influential auto industry executives who passed away in 2016. Among them was John Riccardo, the former Chrysler chief who hired Lee Iacocca to save the company. Redesigned 'First Shift' is here Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST A redesigned "First Shift," Automotive News TV's morning newscast, makes its debut today, featuring a new background, monitors and fresh graphic elements. Private equity fuels more dealership purchases Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealership consolidation continues. The George Soros-backed McLarty Automotive Group snapped up Asbury's stores in Arkansas last week. JOHN ABSMEIER Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST John Absmeier, 42, set up Delphi Labs in Silicon Valley in 2012 and led development of the supplier's autonomous vehicle platform. ROGER BERG Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST To go driverless, vehicles must be able to communicate with each other and their surroundings -- a challenge Roger Berg, 56, has been working on for more than 10 years. LAWRENCE BURNS Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST During his 1998-2009 stint as head of General Motors randd, Lawrence Burns evangelized for the safety benefits of self-driving vehicles. ERIK COELINGH Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Erik Coelingh, 45, is a more than 15-year veteran at Volvo, and is spearheading the automaker's initiative to be a leader in autonomous vehicles. GLEN DE VOS Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Glen De Vos, 56, has been working with automakers to phase in the advanced driver-assist technologies that will help build consumer acceptance and the eventual adoption of self-driving vehicles. RALPH LAUXMANN Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Ralph Lauxmann, 52, has filed several patent applications related to driver assistance systems. He's bullish about the demand for assistance-related components. CHRISTOPH GROTE Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Christoph Grote, 49, has already played a central role in the development of connected car and highly automated driving systems at BMW. Now he is spearheading the company's push into advanced electronics. DAVID HALL Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST David Hall, 59, introduced the solid-state hybrid lidar technology during the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Grand Challenge 10 years ago. YUTAKA HIWATASHI Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST More than two decades ago, Yutaka Hiwatashi set out to develop an automatic brake system, the forerunner of the company's EyeSight driver assist technology. JEN-HSUN HUANG Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Jen-Hsun Huang, 53, has made it a primary initiative of his company, which also develops video game graphics, to put together the "brain" of autonomous driving systems. RICKY HUDI Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST During almost two decades at Audi, Ricky Hudi accelerated the company's drive into autonomous driving and connected car technologies. He recently announced plans to leave Audi to set up his own technology and consulting firm. TETSUYA IIJIMA Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Tetsuya Iijima, 53, has led Nissan's efforts to develop advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving technologies, starting a decade ago when he worked at Nissan Technical Center North America. LAUREN ISAAC Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Lauren Isaac, 36, works on developing ways autonomous vehicles and other technologies can improve urban mobility at the engineering services firm. TIM KENTLEY-KLAY and JESSE LEVINSON Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Zoox, founded by Tim Kentley-Klay, , and engineer Jesse Levinson, is one of the most highly valued startups after receiving more than $250 million in funding this year for a valuation of $1.55 billion. ULRICH LAGES Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Ulrich Lages, 48, has been involved with more than 20 patents and patent applications about object recognition and laser tracking for driver assistance and autonomous driving. ANTHONY LEVANDOWSKI Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST In May, Anthony Levandowski introduced Otto, an autonomous trucking company that was acquired by Uber three months later for $680 million. ALEX LIDOW Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Alex Lidow, 62, is an entrepreneur and a physicist with a Ph.D. from Stanford University who wants to take the silicon out of Silicon Valley. BRIAN LOH Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Since ZF acquired TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. in 2015 for $12.9 billion and took a 40 percent stake in lidar producer Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH, the supplier has become a self-driving technology powerhouse. BOB MANSFIELD Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Though the tech giant has attempted to keep its automotive plans -- nicknamed Project Titan -- under wraps, Apple's foray into autonomous vehicle technology has been no secret. SHERIF MARAKBY Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Sherif Marakby, 50, joined Uber in April to help launch the Pittsburgh project after 25 years at Ford. PRI MUDALIGE Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Pri Mudalige's involvement with autonomous vehicles extends back to the 1990s. Back then he was a research scientist at CSIRO-Australia, the country's national science agency. LARRY PAGE and SERGEY BRIN Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Though Google's self-driving car project has gained more independence from its parent company under CEO John Krafcik, the program would not have advanced as quickly without the support of Google's co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. GILL PRATT Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Gill Pratt, 55, is responsible for Toyota Motors' $1 billion research incubator, which has locations in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Cambridge, Mass.; and Silicon Valley. BRYAN SALESKY Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Before Google, Bryan Salesky was at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute. The software engineer has been director of hardware development for Google's autonomous vehicle efforts for the past three years. KRISTIN SCHONDORF: Growing the talent pool as autonomous pace quickens Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Much has changed in the world of autonomous vehicles since Kristin Schondorf began working on blueprints for self-driving cars nearly five years ago. MATTHIAS SCHULZE Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Before his move to Visteon this month, Matthias Schulze, 54, spent 20 years with Daimler. He led research and engineering in environmental perception, advanced driver assistance system development and vehicular communications. AMNON SHASHUA Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Israel-based Mobileye became a prominent name in the self-driving conversation when it partnered with Tesla Motors to provide camera sensors for its Autopilot semiautonomous driving technology. MAARTEN SIERHUIS Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Maarten Sierhuis, 54, leads a team of engineers in Nissan's research lab in Sunnyvale, Calif. KAY STEPPER Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST In leading Bosch's approach to self-driving cars, Kay Stepper, 47, has adopted an incremental strategy to ensure consumer acceptance.