Vehicle Technology

Ford to make EV patents available to rivals

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

Ford is following Tesla Motors in opening up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology to competitors in a move aimed at accelerating development of electrified vehicles....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Android Auto proves to be luxuriously simple

9:47 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015

The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend the usual "the more you pay, the more you get" rule by giving cars from brands such as Chevrolet, Honda and Hyundai a better computer interface than most luxury cars have....
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Hyundai wins race to offer Android Auto

8:00 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

Hyundai has become the first car company to offer Google's new Android Auto interface by launching it in the 2015 Sonata. The launch is a big win for Hyundai, which had raced to be first to offer Android Auto, and for Google, which could get its sleek, colorful system into tens of thousands of cars before archrival Apple can do the same with its iPhone interface, known as CarPlay....
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Audi expects in-car electronics to become as valuable as horsepower

6:29 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

Audi expects that electronics and digital features will become just as important as sheer horsepower for global automakers as they brace for a fundamental industry shift and new competitors and potential allies emerge....
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Daimler, Qualcomm to develop in-car tech, wireless charging

4:43 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

Daimler formed a partnership with mobile technologies company Qualcomm to explore wireless recharging of mobile phones in cars as well as recharging of electric cars without cables....
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Connected cars could face data traffic jams, study says

1:02 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study....
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Driverless cars may cut U.S. sales by 40%, Barclays says

3:19 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

US auto sales may drop about 40 percent in the next 25 years because of shared driverless cars, forcing mass-market producers such as General Motors and Ford to slash output, a Barclays Plc analyst said....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: A new golden age for high performance

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Forget the 1960s. Now is the golden age of performance....
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More suppliers join active-safety fray

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

You might think that the market for collision avoidance systems - with their complex mix of radar, cameras, processors and software - would be dominated by a handful of mega-suppliers. But it hasn't happened yet, and new players are jumping into this red-hot segment....
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AT&T readies exclusive content for connected cars

3:50 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

AT&T is gearing up to bring connected car users exclusive content such as videos and games that can be streamed onto personal mobile devices later this year....
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IndyCars test Honda, Chevy engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

The Chevrolets and Hondas that millions of Americans drive have at least one thing in common with the high-revving, single-seat open-wheeled cars that will be zipping around the track during next Sunday's running of the Indianapolis 500 - the engineers who develop the cars....
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Google says self-driving prototype ready to hit the road

12:37 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2015

Google says it is ready to take its fully autonomous prototype vehicle on the road, but the company has yet to apply for the required permit in California....
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GM to unveil plans for Tech Center's future

11:37 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

General Motors said it will unveil plans for the future of its Technical Center in suburban Detroit on Thursday....
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U.S. pledges to speed up V2V mandate

5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

Federal rules requiring new cars and trucks to have vehicle-to-vehicle communication equipment will be proposed earlier than expected as part of a government move to speed the deployment of connected-car technologies....
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COMMENTARY: DAVE GUILFORD

Which road to self-driving tech will win?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

The auto industry has an increasingly bipolar view of autonomous vehicles. The basic question is whether to go all in or install limited doses of self-driving technology. Let's look at the two poles....
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Daimler to test self-driving trucks in Nev.

6:39 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

Daimler has been granted a license by Nevada to test self-driving trucks on public roads, as the U.S. and Europe race to establish a regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles....
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JLR eyes patent for rear wiper control

2:27 pm U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover has applied for a patent on an invention, highlighted at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, that would control a vehicle's rear window wiper through the driver's eye movement....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation

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

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation. But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation. But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating....
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TomTom eyes autonomous cars

6:49 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dutch navigation company TomTom aims to become a main provider of technology for self-driving cars as it charts its way back to success after seven lean years, CEO Harold Goddijn said....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Which approach to autonomous driving will win?

3:57 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

When it comes to autonomous driving technology, the basic question boils down to whether to go all in or install it in limited doses....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The knock on higher octane

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

Higher octane fuel may be necessary to meet future fuel economy standards. Automakers want it but can’t publicly call for it. Refiners don’t want to make it. Adding more ethanol brings a slew of new problems....
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DIAL IT DOWN

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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