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Honda flexes research muscle with new Silicon Valley center

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

Honda last week opened to journalists its new 35,000-square-foot Silicon Valley r&d lab, where it has united once-disparate strands of its research work and connected them with a technology incubator for other potential research partners....
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Driverless driving induces a range of anxiety on road

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

When Delphi engineers undertook a nine-day, 3,400-mile journey from San Francisco to New York in a driverless research vehicle in March, they got some interesting reactions from other motorists....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Why Toyota can set the car-tech agenda

1:28 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Alix Partners assessed the ability of automakers to pay for the cool but expensive technology about to flood into vehicles. Perhaps to no one’s surprise, Toyota was by far the best-positioned....
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ZF to invest $71M in Mich. tech center

3:54 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG plans to spend more than $71 million and add 571 jobs by expanding its technical center in suburban Detroit....
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Lexus builds functional hoverboard prototype

11:23 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Toyota is heading back to the future. The Lexus brand has actually built a working model of a hoverboard. It's real, but not for sale. Yet....
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Ford moves to advanced stage of autonomous car development

12:00 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Ford said its work on autonomous vehicles has moved into the second of three phases, shifting "from a research effort to an advanced engineering program" that brings the technology closer to production....
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Denso sees 15-year wait for self-driving car

3:30 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

The technology to make cars fully autonomous probably won't be established until at least 2030, according to Toyota's largest supplier....
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Toyota launches $126 million r&d expansion in Michigan

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2015

Toyota broke ground today on the $126 million expansion of its Technical Center in Michigan. The expansion includes a new prototype facility for vehicle development, additions to the powertrain development facility and a supply center. The construction is expected to wrap up in late 2016....
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Magna, Durr plan new operations in Michigan

3:14 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

A Magna International subsidiary and Durr Systems both have been approved for Michigan state incentives for new operations planned in suburban Detroit....
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Ford draws up plans to modernize research, engineering hub

2:15 pm U.S. ET | June 7, 2015

Ford is embarking on a 10-year plan to modernize its research and engineering hub in Dearborn and consolidate the majority of its 26,000 local employees there in reconfigured and updated office and testing space....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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Hyundai Mobis moves fast on autonomous tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Hyundai Mobis, South Korea's biggest supplier, is moving fast to bulk up its autonomous drive technology program, to boost the competiveness of the safety systems of its most important customer: The Hyundai-Kia group....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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FROM TVs TO EVs

Japan electronic giants embrace autos after consumer-goods struggles

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Japan's storied electronics companies are struggling in the cutthroat consumer goods market amid cheaper, and often more innovative, rivals from South Korea and China. As a result, the beleaguered blue chips are trying reinventing themselves as suppliers to one of the few sectors of Japan Inc. still thriving: the auto business....
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EDITORIAL

Time to prune, time to sow

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Automakers constantly search for new product niches, but it's a daunting process. Many product ideas never see the light of day....
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BMW's new tech chief ready to tackle shifting consumer demands

12:15 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

Klaus Froehlich's recent promotion to BMW Group r&d chief comes as the automaker shakes up its powertrain and platform lineups. Froehlich, who replaced Herbert Diess in December, discussed the group's evolving platform and engine strategy with Automotive News Europe....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW's tech chief ready to meet changing consumer demands

April 10, 2015 06:15 CET

Klaus Froehlich’s recent promotion to BMW Group r&d boss comes as the automaker shakes up its powertrain and platform lineups. Froehlich, who replaced Herbert Diess in December, discussed the group’s evolving platform and engine strategy with Automotive News Europe....
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GM considers big investments in Michigan tech center

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

General Motors is considering a multiyear expansion project at its Warren Tech Center in Michigan that would include new buildings, renovations and more jobs....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Mercedes r&d chief aims to make automaker faster

April 8, 2015 06:15 CET

Mercedes r&d boss Thomas Weber says the automaker needs to react faster to emerging trends if it wants to rise to No. 1 in premium car sales by 2020. He explained the shift in his team's focus toward areas such as connectivity, autonomous driving and zero emissions to Automotive News Europe....
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