Rivian Automotive to build r&d center for high-tech vehicles in Mich.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Livonia automotive design and engineering firm Rivian Automotive LLC plans to invest $29.5 million and add 174 jobs at a new Dearborn r&d center to develop high-tech vehicles, rather than court talent in Florida and Silicon Valley....
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GM's new wind tunnel aims to improve, quicken design work

10:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

General Motors has cited some impressive vitals on its redesigned 2016 models to show off the success of its weight-cutting strategy: The new Volt and Cruze are about 250 pounds lighter than their predecessors; the Malibu sheds almost 300 pounds and the Camaro loses nearly 400....
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VW CEO says diesel engine refits 'manageable'

1:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The steps needed to fix about 8.5 million Volkswagen cars in Europe fitted with illegal emissions-control software are technically and financially manageable, the German automaker's CEO said today....
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VW cuts 2016 capital investment 8% due to cost of fixing emissions cheat

7:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Volkswagen today cut 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) -- or about 8 percent -- from its investment plan for next year, as the German carmaker braces for a multi-billion-euro hit from its emissions cheating scandal....
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GM, Army to test Chevrolet Colorado fuel cell

9:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

The Chevrolet Colorado pickup has been selected by the U.S. Army to test a General Motors-designed hydrogen powered fuel cell powertrain. The grueling 12-month test will help GM engineers and army officials evaluate the fuel cell's performance under strenuous use....
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Faurecia, Stanford to study motion sickness in autonomous cars

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Interiors supplier Faurecia is teaming up with researchers at Stanford University to study an often-overlooked problem with autonomous cars: motion sickness....
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BLOG: How Akio Toyoda got sold on self-driving cars

6:47 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Akio Toyoda, an amateur race-car driver and big-time car buff, used to say until recently that he wouldn't be a true believer in autonomous vehicles until a self-driving car could beat him in a race around Germany's famed Nurburgring circuit....
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Nissan focuses on code for the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2015

In the race toward autonomous driving, Nissan engineers are laboring over software refinements more than hardware....
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Autonomous DeLorean trained to skid with superhuman skill

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Stanford's rebuilt DeLorean pushes the limits of grip to show how self-driving cars could mirror skilled humans....
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Nissan exec leads $10 billion quest to discover the next Elon Musk

7:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2015

Nissan Vice Chairman Toshiyuki Shiga is on a $10 billion quest to discover Japan’s top entrepreneurs, who can start companies as globally competitive as Tesla and Apple....
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Ford commits $1.8 billion to r&d in China

6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Ford will invest $1.8 billion over the next five years to expand r&d in China, the latest effort by the U.S. carmaker to secure a larger slice of the world's biggest auto market....
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A Stanford professor's quest to fix driverless cars' major flaw

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

As the autonomous car movement barrels ahead, Chris Gerdes is raising questions about ethical choices that must inevitably be programmed into the robotic minds expected one day soon to be driving along the nation's highways....
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VW picks Skoda r&d chief to run technical development, report says

Oct. 8, 2015 10:13 CET

VW Group will pick Skoda development chief Frank Welsch to replace suspended executive Heinz-Jakob Neusser as head of technical development at VW brand, a report said....
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Mercedes names new chief of China r&d center

Oct. 2, 2015 12:10 CET

Mercedes named Hans Georg Engel to run its r&d center in Beijing where he will oversee the expansion of the unit, which is planned to almost double in size by the end of the year from when it opened in 2014....
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Magna CEO sees smart robots shifting parts output away from China

11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

The falling cost of intelligent robots may help repatriate some auto production away from low-cost locations like China back to factories in Germany and North America, Magna International CEO Donald Walker says....
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Continental, Valeo developing mirror-eliminating camera technologies

3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Suppliers Continental and Valeo are hoping to turn rear- and side-view mirrors into relics of the past. The German and French suppliers kicked off the Frankfurt auto show today by touting how their camera-based systems can improve safety, reduce drag, and create more opportunities for design innovation....
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China's BAIC opens r&d center in Silicon Valley

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

Chinese automaker BAIC Motor has opened an r&d center in Silicon Valley -- a facility that will help the company develop technology for electric vehicles, batteries and telematics. The center, which BAIC launched as a partnership with the Beijing New Engineering Research Institute, houses 20 employees....
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Stant to close plant, open tech center in suburban Detroit

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

Indiana auto supplier Stant Corp. will shutter a plant in Romeo, Mich., and lay off 167 people by mid-November, but is moving some corporate and engineering positions into a new technical center in suburban Detroit....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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Honda's factory fix: Robots

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

Honda's Alabama assembly plant replaces one of the industry's most innovative engine lines with enough automation to brace for the future....
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Industry must stop wasteful spending before it's too late

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

The auto industry must come to grips with its prodigious excess in capital spending. As explored in this week's installment of the Automotive News series "Industry on Trial", automotive companies keep reinventing their own versions of common hardware....
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Automakers scout the startup world for next-wave technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2015

Automakers get it: It’s risky to ignore the fountain of ingenuity found at startups. That’s why they’re using "hackathons" and other efforts to tap the innovation flowing into the car business....
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VW spent two years trying to hide a security flaw

6:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Thousands of cars from a host of manufacturers have spent years at risk of electronic car-hacking, according to expert research that Volkswagen has spent two years trying to suppress in the courts....
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