Vehicle Technology

Car hacking risk may be broader than Fiat Chrysler, Rosekind says

1:11 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

The cybersecurity issues that led Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall 1.4 million vehicles this month could pose a problem for cars and trucks from other automakers, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said today....
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Hacked Jeep Cherokee exposes weak underbelly of high-tech cars

6:49 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

The Jeep Cherokee brought to a halt by hackers last week exposed wireless networks as the weakest link in high-tech vehicles, underscoring the need to find fast over-the-air fixes to block malicious intrusions....
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Toyota holds Apple, Google at bay with Telenav navigation deal

4:34 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Toyota will turn to a little-known company instead of Apple or Google to provide navigation and phone connectivity, as it seeks to maintain control of the car features. Toyota has been the biggest holdout among automakers as Apple and Google turn dashboards into screens that closely mirror their smartphones....
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GM's OnStar app can be hacked, reseacher says

2:33 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

A researcher is advising drivers to halt the use of a mobile app for General Motors' OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to remotely unlock cars and start engines....
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Tech is a key for new-car marketing, study says

12:50 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Targeting techies is an important marketing strategy for automakers, according to a new study from J.D. Power. The company's 2015 U.S. Automotive Media and Marketing Report -- Summer edition found that 30 percent of new-vehicle drivers cited their vehicle's latest technology as a reason for purchasing....
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VW rolls out crash avoidance with '16 lineup

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

Volkswagen, catching up to its luxury siblings, will offer sensor-based safety features across nearly its entire U.S. lineup for model year 2016....
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GM plans $5B vehicle family for emerging markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

GM plans to spend $5 billion over the next several years to develop a new range of technology-rich small cars, based on a common architecture, that will be built and sold under the Chevrolet name in China, Brazil, India, Mexico and other emerging markets....
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Jeep hacking sends warning to BMW, Audi and Mercedes

4:55 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

When friendly hackers landed a Jeep Cherokee in a ditch last week, it sent a warning to BMW, Audi and Mercedes as the luxury automakers compete increasingly on technology rather than just horsepower....
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BRADFORD WERNLE

Autonomous vehicle explosion brings challenges

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

Conundrum is defined by Webster's New World College Dictionary as a puzzling question or problem. The exploding autonomous vehicle phenomenon is presenting the automobile industry with a thicket of conundrums....
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EDITORIAL

Car hacking is real, and auto industry must respond

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

When two hackers took command of a Jeep Cherokee while journalist Andy Greenberg was driving it on public roads, an exploit revealed last week in a Wired magazine story, everything changed. Car hacking got real....
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Making a car's sensors work like our senses

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

Autopilot systems like Cadillac's Super Cruise will rely on “sensor fusion,” in which supercomputers stitch data from many sensors into a 360-degree view....
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FCA's anti-hacking recall marks industry milestone

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's recall of about 1.4 million cars and trucks equipped with radios that are vulnerable to hacking is the first formal safety campaign in response to a cybersecurity threat....
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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to install anti-hacking software

11:30 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million vehicles to close a software loophole that allowed hackers to remotely take control of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The company previously only advised owners to download a software patch or take their vehicle to a dealer to have it installed....
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Chevrolet plans low-cost pedestrian avoidance on Malibu

3:45 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

GM is introducing a pedestrian-avoidance system on the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, the latest example of active-safety features proliferating on mainstream vehicles. GM said Friday it will offer 22 active safety systems across its brands for the 2016 model year....
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Senate bill aims to secure cars from hackers, protect consumer privacy

3:12 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

A bill proposed by two U.S. senators would direct NHTSA and the Federal Trade Commission to establish rules that would secure cars against hackers and protect consumer privacy. The proposal comes as Fiat Chrysler offers a software patch to close a loophole that let two hackers take control of a moving Jeep SUV....
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Jeep hacking prompts FCA software update to enhance security

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Fiat Chrysler released a security patch after friendly hackers exposed a startling vulnerability in the company’s Uconnect infotainment system. The hackers were able to shut down a Jeep SUV while it was traveling on the highway....
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For Bosch, sensors make sense

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

To understand the future of the high-tech automobile, check out the $1.1 billion “clean plant” built here in 2010 by Robert Bosch GmbH. The plant produces pressure sensors, accelerometers and gyroscopes that feed data to the computer chips that control a vehicle's engine, stability control system, air bags and other key functions....
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Google self-driving car was rear-ended July 1, causing minor injuries

11:07 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

One of Google's self-driving cars was involved in an accident early in July, in which three people were injured when a vehicle equipped with Google technology was rear-ended by another vehicle, the company said....
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Former GM researcher, auto safety expert Donald Friedman dies at 88

1:14 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Donald Friedman, a former General Motors researcher and auto safety consultant, died last month in Southern California. He was 88....
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Autoliv agrees to buy M/A COM automotive tech unit for $100 million

6:58 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Swedish auto safety products supplier Autoliv agreed to purchase the automotive unit of semiconductor provider M/A COM Technology Solutions for a base price of $100 million plus incentives and fees....
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Michigan driverless car testing site opens Monday

11:01 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

The University of Michigan will officially open its new testing site for connected and driverless cars on Monday. The 32-acre testing grounds, called Mcity, are designed to simulate urban and suburban roads with a network of controlled intersections, traffic signals, streetlights, sidewalks, construction obstacles and more, the university said in a statement....
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Mobileye offers alternative route to Google's driverless future

8:06 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Automotive technology supplier Mobileye's plans for bringing hands-free driving to market marks a contrast with the headline-grabbing effort by Google, whose moonshot, bottom-up approach aims to transform the auto industry in one dramatic sweep. Mobileye is already making money with systems that lay the stepping stones toward a driverless future....
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Lexus ES gets a fresh look for 2016

12:15 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Lexus has updated the ES line of sedans for the 2016 model year with a number of stylistic changes as well as new safety systems....
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CEO Hachigo taking Honda back to basics

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

Honda's new CEO, aiming to reboot the ailing automaker, plans to rekindle development of more exciting cars, steer clear of numerical targets and maximize use of the company's overseas production to soak up global overcapacity....
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Hyundai-Kia, tech firm get $6M U.S. grant to develop wireless EV charging

3:20 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Hyundai-Kia's U.S. technical center is teaming up with a wireless power technology company to research and develop a high-speed wireless charging system for electric vehicles....
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