Electronics

Ford recalls 850,000 vehicles for glitch affecting airbags, seat belts

10:56 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Ford is recalling 850,050 2013 and 2014 vehicles for an electrical flaw that could cause airbags and seat belt pretensioners to malfunction in the event of a crash. The affected vehicles include the 2013-14 Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ. Ford said the restraints-control module in the vehicles could short circuit, causing the airbag warning indicator to illuminate....
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Daimler deepens its product ties with Aston Martin

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Daimler will supply Aston Martin with electric and electronic parts to extend a product alliance that started last year....
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Supplier goal: 'Emperor of the electrical world'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Kunihiko Ohnuma, CEO of Hitachi Automotive Systems, isn't shy about his quest to transform his company into the "emperor" of electric and hybrid powertrains....
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Car styling undergoes shake-up

May 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Car design is at a crossroads. There is more diversity in form language today than ever before as each company defines its own expression. But there is, however, an increasing trend toward consistency across brands and segments that has some design executives worried....
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Google poised to have strong presence in connected car

Feb. 14, 2014 06:15 CET
There will be more Google in your next car. That was the clear message automakers gave at the recent International CES, the world's largest consumer electronic fair in Las Vegas....
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Visteon bulks up electronics as its 2nd core line

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Visteon Corp., once known for its grab bag of low-margin products, has transformed itself into a major supplier of cockpit electronics. With the $265 million acquisition of Johnson Controls' electronics unit -- which makes instrument clusters, infotainment displays and body electronics -- Visteon estimates that its electronics operation will generate annual sales of $3 billion....
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Audi's Stadler says production vehicle will get laser headlights

Jan. 8, 2014 06:15 CET
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says the automaker will introduce a production vehicle equipped with laser headlights, though he did not indicate which model will get lasers, or when....
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Audi's Stadler says production vehicle will get laser headlights

7:23 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says he will introduce a production vehicle equipped with laser headlights, though he did not indicate which model will get lasers, or when....
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Google rolls out auto alliance to bring Android into car systems

7:36 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
That kid, the one in the back of the SUV with the iPad, he’s the automotive industry’s worst enemy. And he’s the reason a handful of the world’s biggest automakers have just partnered with Google to bring its Android software into vehicle infotainment systems....
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A Range Rover, a ski jump and a leap of faith

6:06 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2013
Sometimes you've got to relinquish complete control to a silicon brain. My experience took place in a Range Rover Sport on the ridiculously steep landing area for a ski jump in Germany's Black Forest....
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By-wire age is coming; what's missing is trust

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
The auto industry is stepping up the push for car features that work by electronic impulses, but its progress has been impeded by fearful consumers and luxury owners....
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