Vehicle Technology

Toyota's top suppliers prepare a tech blitz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2015

Toyota's top suppliers are readying a host of advanced technologies for their No. 1 customer, including steer-by-wire systems, grille shutters, more efficient regenerative braking and new automatic transmissions....
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Cars will be ripe for identity theft as shopping comes to dashboard, experts say

11:48 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Hackers can already take control of a car. And as vehicles become rolling shopping malls, cybercriminals will have an opportunity to snatch your identity, too. Eager for a cut of drivers' purchases of fast food, gas and more, automakers have big plans to bring e-commerce to the dashboard....
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New car technologies often unused by drivers, J.D. Power finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

A new study from J.D. Power suggests that automakers are investing billions into technologies that a considerable number of drivers aren't using. J.D. Power's first 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report found that at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of the 33 technology features measured....
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Zetsche mulls cooperation with Apple, Google, report says

8:03 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Daimler's CEO said "different types" of cooperation with Apple and Google are possible as carmakers realize next-generation autos cannot be built without greater input from telecoms and software experts....
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Ford patents autonomous vehicle with 'reconfigurable seats'

12:54 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

Ford received a U.S. patent on its plans for an “autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats” earlier this month. The seats can swivel and fold all while the vehicle is in motion, and the steering wheel can even retract into the dashboard to create more space in the vehicle cabin....
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Autoliv says M/A-COM unit acquisition will beef up automated-driving tech

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

Automotive safety systems supplier Autoliv Inc. said it completed the acquisition of the automotive unit of M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: How to solve global emissions rift, without dealing in reality

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

A single, global standard for emissions would be ideal, and can't be overstated enough, because the auto industry is burning precious capital at what may turn out to be an unsustainable rate....
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Lear buys technology from California automotive app developer

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Lear said today it has acquired the intellectual property and technology of Autonet Mobile, a software and device developer of automotive applications in California....
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DUSTIN WALSH

BLOG: Autonomous cars will crash and be hacked ... and that's OK

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

Cybersecurity and the threat of chaos is a new reality in the age of connected and autonomous cars. This is the reality we live. Cars can, and will, be hacked...
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Apple eyes proving grounds for self-driving car, report says

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Apple is looking into using a former military base northeast of San Francisco as a high-security proving ground for autonomous vehicles it is developing, according to an online report by The Guardian, a British newspaper....
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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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Delphi adds tech executive to its board

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Delphi Automotive said it has expanded its board of directors to include tech industry veteran Bethany Mayer....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Another car-hack issue to ponder: In-car eavesdropping

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

We have all seen the rash of reports about hackers taking control of connected cars, but could a hacker turn on a voice link without your knowledge and listen to your conversations?...
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Audi's 605-hp S8 Plus dials the power up to 11

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

Audi is introducing an even more powerful version of the S8 sedan unimaginatively dubbed S8 Plus....
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DAVID UNDERCOFFLER

BLOG: For Honda, technology isn't just for the young

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

When it comes to the changes Honda made to its freshened 2016 Accord, it's what's on the inside that counts....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Autonomous cars will bring change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Regarding "Industry on Trial": I think the capital-intensive business model will change when autonomous cars become ubiquitous -- around 2050, in my opinion....
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Mobileye posts Q2 gains on surging demand for automated driving technology

11:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

Mobileye NV, one of the emerging providers of vision technology and software for crash-avoidance systems, said its net income surged in the second quarter as the auto industry continues to ramp up plans for autonomous cars....
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Hackers turn off Tesla Model S at low speed

8:10 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2015

Tesla issued a software patch to address security flaws in the Model S that could allow hackers to take control of the sedan. Cybersecurity experts took command of a Model S and turned it off at low speed, one of six major flaws they found that could allow hackers to maneuver the vehicle, a newspaper reported....
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Michigan governor markets state's automotive high-tech future

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has kicked off a new marketing campaign, entitled “We Run on Brainpower.” The goal is to remind engineers that Michigan is the place to go for jobs in automotive high tech innovation....
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Harman calls software flaw that allowed FCA hacking an isolated case

11:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Harman International, the maker of the audio system in the Jeep Cherokee that was hacked remotely, said the software flaw that allowed that incident isn't in infotainment systems it supplies to other automakers....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

BLOG: Conti's Cruising Chauffeur: The beauty of 2 of everything

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

If Continental AG is right about driverless cars, the trick to the technology is to have at least two of everything....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Is a 400-hp, quad-turbo diesel engine in BMW's future?

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Tri-turbos are so last season. Aiming to keep up with fashion BMW is reportedly working on quad-turbo engines....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Dodge Challenger needs more internet horsepower

7:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

We all know the Dodge Challenger can be ordered with an asphalt peeling 707-horsepower Hellcat Hemi V-8 engine. But Monday I found one area where the Challenger’s performance can be greatly improved: The Uconnect system....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: HERE acquisition shows maps are the new oil

4:31 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

High-quality digital maps, which will play a crucial role in the connected, automated cars of the future, have basically become a critical resource to the auto industry -- the new oil....
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Storm hits automated driving car; human grabs the wheel

5:07 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Many people drove their cars to the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, but few traveled in the same style as Ibro Muharemovic, head of advanced engineering for supplier Continental in North America....
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