R&D

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Autonomous vehicle conference needed

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Each of the OEMs has at least one private proving ground, and each of the major Tier 1 suppliers has or has access to a proving ground. These proving grounds are secure and have road conditions and driving scenarios that can be safely used and provide reproducible test data.

Japan Inc. teams up on transmission technologies

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Toyota, Nissan, Honda and others are partnering with the country's biggest transmission suppliers to jointly develop next-generation transmission technologies that can be shared among the members.

China in control as industry enters new era

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2018
China has been the world's biggest auto market since 2009, when it eclipsed the United States. But only recently has it reached a long-anticipated, and in many quarters, long-feared, tipping point.

Infield space gives Toyota a blank slate

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2018
The infield of an old supplier test track provides a blank slate for Toyota's newest U.S. investment.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

We have proving grounds for this

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2018
We have, globally, thousands of acres of outstanding, well-equipped proving grounds available to develop, test and certify autonomous vehicles.

For AV testing, there's less mess in Texas

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2018
A state law enacted last year is getting the attention of automated-vehicle developers as Texas cities band together to attract pilot projects.

BMW will boost capacity at i3 factory in Germany

May 25, 2018 14:05 CET
BMW will invest more than 300 million euros to increase output in Germany at its Leipzig plant, the automaker's fifth-largest factory globally, laying the foundation for production of future models. BMW builds the i3 and i8 models in Leipzig.

Magna spending big on new technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2018
Magna will roll an extra $300 million into r&d over the next three years as it deepens its interest in electrification and autonomous technology.

GM gets defense unit ready for deployment

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2018
The new GM Defense marks a major growth area and return to military work for the automaker after it sold a previous defense unit to General Dynamics Corp. for $1.1 billion in 2003.

In China, Lynk & CO's high-tech factory flags global challenge

May 1, 2018 06:01 CET
While auto workers in Germany and South Korea fight to save their jobs, one of China's youngest auto brands is gearing up to build SUVs at a new factory with digitally-connected robots and a fresh workforce of 1,800 people.

Q&A: JEFF ZURASKI

Nexteer maps large-scale shift to steer-by-wire

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2018
Nexteer Automotive's new suite of autonomous-driving technologies promotes steer-by-wire in various applications. Jeff Zuraski, executive director for Nexteer, spoke with News Editor Lindsay Chappell about the outlook.

New CAFE targets won't slow pace on engine r&d

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2018
The Trump administration may be intent on lowering fuel economy standards for 2022-2025 model year vehicles, but automakers said last week that it won't slow the pace of their research and development to make internal combustion engines more efficient.

Honda cultivates new partners in Silicon Valley

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2018
To return to its scrappy roots, Honda is looking outside for new technologies in connectivity, robotics and automated driving.

Nissan casts doubt on solid-state batteries

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2018
Nissan is downplaying the potential of next-generation solid-state EV batteries, calling the level of development "practically a zero."

Self-driving testers pause to rethink after fatality

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2018
The death of an Arizona woman was 'uncomfortably soon in the history of automated driving,' said one analyst.

Toyota's truck translator

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2018
Michigan transplant Mike Sweers' mission is to ensure Japanese engineers fully fathom the uniquely American mania for trucks.

BMW increases spending for electric, autonomous cars

March 21, 2018 11:33 CET
BMW said it will increase research and development spending to an all-time high of up to $8.6 billion this year as its expands its electrified lineup. The company also warned of a possible impact from trade barriers and customs duties in the U.S. and said Brexit could have an adverse long-term effect.

Renault-Nissan sees autonomous deliveries taking lead over robotaxis

March 13, 2018 16:55 CET
Early conversations around driverless cars have focused on robot taxis because taking the human driver out of a cab seemed like the quickest path to profitability. Renault-Nissan sees autonomous delivery as the more lucrative venture.

VW preps r&d rules to ensure moral, ethical behavior

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2018
VW will take steps to bring its academic research projects into line with moral standards, the carmaker said, seeking to demonstrate lessons learned from the latest diesel scandal aftershock.

VIDEO: First Shift: Ford raising Expedition, Navigator output

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2018
Ford revving up Expedition, Navigator output; Takata clears legal hurdle; Peek at CAFE menu; Porsche mulls Mission E ramp-up; Life with a Toyota robot: A little too robotic?

My life with Kirobo the robot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2018
Toyota says its Kirobo Mini conversation partner, a robot it's selling in Japan, is a first step toward talking cars, but its conversations highlight the gulf that remains in achieving that goal and the challenges automakers face when delving into tomorrow's world of high technology.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

BMW CFO says profit target safe despite big rise in r&d spending

Feb. 9, 2018 06:01 CET
BMW's product and technology offensive has led to a significant rise in r&d spending. Finance boss Nicolas Peter is working to make sure the company has the money it needs to develop next-generation solutions while still meeting the group's profitability goals.

Why assembly plants need people more than robots

8:08 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2018
More than three decades after Honda first built an Accord sedan at its Marysville, Ohio, factory in 1982, humans are still an integral part of the assembly process. That's unlikely to change.

How Ford plans to use its new digs in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood

10:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2018
The business strategy of Ford's big bet on a future of selling electric and autonomous vehicles will be devised inside a former hosiery factory in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood.

A floating car is born from the carnage of Japan's tsunami

11:08 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2018
A former employee of a Toyota subsidiary started to build a watertight EV that can float in floods, or even cruise at low speeds. His startup has notable backers and a functioning prototype.

 
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

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3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 13 2018

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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

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11:42 am U.S. ET | June 12 2018

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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

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12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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BMW envisions its iNext as an SUV

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12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23 2018

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