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Are automakers addicted to in-car features overload?

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

Automakers are confusing customers by overloading vehicles with an array of infotainment features, many of which are never used. Panelists at the SAE Congress in Detroit said the industry needs to rethink in-car systems with the goal of adding simplicity and reducing distraction....
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Ford's Sync 3 debut, vehicle launches are out of sync

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

The 2015 Ford Edge has been on sale for only a month, but it's already about to be out-of-date. Ford Motor Co. plans to start rolling out Sync 3, its replacement for the MyFord Touch infotainment system, starting this summer....
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Power study: Safety trumps infotainment

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

Automakers should invest in safety technology, over entertainment and convenience, to satisfy customers, according to a J.D. Power study released last week...
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Jaguar adds horsepower to the dashboard

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

Jaguar Land Rover is not known for cutting-edge dashboard computers, but a lightning-quick navigation system in the redesigned XF sedan may change that....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Seeing through Mini's digital goggles

4:30 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

I cannot imagine life without a smartphone or a tablet, but after testing a set of digital goggles from Mini I am not convinced yet that I need to add augmented reality eyewear to my driving experience. The aviator-style eyewear is BMW's interpretation of computerized headsets such as Google Glass....
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Auto safety technology trumps entertainment for consumers, J.D. Power study finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Automakers should invest in safety technology, over entertainment and convenience, to satisfy customers, according to a J.D. Power study released today....
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Peugeot, IBM agree to develop new connected-car services

8:26 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

PSA Peugeot Citroen and IBM are working together to hook cars up to the Internet, going beyond mapping and infotainment to link vehicles up to shops, service networks and urban transport grids, the companies said today....
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Google exec sees self-driving cars as inevitable

4:05 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Ray Kurzweil, inventor, futurist and Google's director of engineering, opened the SAE World Congress here by pointing out that predicting the future is easy -- and saying self-driving cars are inevitable....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: With 3-D printing, product development flies

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

3-D printers are dramatically cutting product development costs, allowing engineers and designers to get prototype parts in hours, not weeks....
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Chevrolet explores autonomous driving with FNR concept

8:56 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Having just declared its goal of hitting 1 million vehicle sales in China by 2020, Chevrolet revealed a futuristic concept car at the Shanghai auto show meant to showcase its technical prowess to young Chinese buyers. The FNR concept, an acronym for the brand's “Find New Roads” theme, is a pod-like, science-fiction inspired autonomous electric vehicle....
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Cadillac CT6 to offer plug-in hybrid electric technology

3:28 pm U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Cadillac will add an available plug-in hybrid electric propulsion system to its upcoming range-topping CT6 sedan. The new PHEV system is expected to more than double the fuel economy of the conventional powertrain offerings....
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BMW Group, inspired by Google Glass, tests experimental driving goggles

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

BMW Group, which thinks computerized headsets such as Google Glass could be the next big thing, has unveiled a prototype of goggles that turn the world into a digital display, making it easier to follow navigation directions and park in a BMW or Mini....
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GM counting on high-speed Internet services in car to drive profits

2:32 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Buyers of GM vehicles will increasingly be able to use in-car mobile broadband systems to book hotel rooms, cut deals on driver insurance, pay for data usage and conduct a host of other transactions. And each time they do, GM will get a small cut from the seller....
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Smart transportation coalition forms to promote tech to lawmakers

5:45 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Trade groups representing automakers and tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Apple and Intel have formed a coalition to advocate for industry-friendly connected car and autonomous vehicle policies on Capitol Hill....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Self-driving building blocks already in place

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

It will largely be the work of software writers that determines the safety, performance and comfort of autonomous cars. Engineers have already built and incorporated into today's cars much of the mechanical hardware needed for self-driving vehicles....
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GM may spend $1 billion to retool landmark Michigan tech center, report says

4:04 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

GM is considering spending as much as $1 billion to renovate its sprawling 60-year-old tech center outside Detroit, Bloomberg reported, citing a person familiar with the plan. Renovations at the landmark would include some new buildings to house 2,500 new hires, mostly in electrical engineering, information technology and software development....
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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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Nissan to make automatic braking standard in Japan

6:29 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

Nissan will offer automatic braking as a standard feature in all volume cars in Japan by autumn, starting with the hybrid X-Trail SUV it unveiled today....
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RICHARD TRUETT

The new sticker shock: High costs to fix high-tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

We all know about showroom sticker shock. But here's another side of the affordability problem: the hefty repair costs for minor accidents. At least two factors are driving up the cost to fix vehicles: safety electronics and the way cars are built today....
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NEAL E. BOUDETTE

BLOG: Apple is a no-show at the New York show

10:19 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto are finally here! Well, almost here....
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GM expects to earn $350 million over 3 years from 4G technology in cars

11:34 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

General Motors will generate $350 million in improved profit over the three years to 2018 from its rollout of 4G LTE mobile broadband in its cars and trucks, CFO Chuck Stevens said today....
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Honda, like Mercedes, to test self-driving cars at Calif. military base

12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Honda said today it plans to join Mercedes-Benz in testing its self-driving cars at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, a retired military base northeast of San Francisco....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Why Jeep should have its own performance division

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Is there an American brand that could set up a division for high-performance and factory-made, very limited-production custom vehicles and charge enough to make it profitable?...
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Audi picks Delphi for technology bundling self-driving functions

10:44 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Audi is developing a device the size of an iPad tablet that will pack all the computing power needed for a car to drive itself safely along streets and highways without crashing....
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Hyundai plans to have autonomous tech on road by 2020

7:59 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Hyundai said today it aims to commercialize autonomous driving capabilities in some of its cars in 2020, as the South Korean automaker plays catch-up in the increasingly competitive technology....
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