Vehicle Technology

AT&T says 2 million customers using connected-car service

11:23 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
AT&T gave its first look at the performance of the connected-car unit, a new growth businesses for the largest U.S. phone service provider....
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BMW launches automated driving project in China with Baidu

8:46 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
BMW is teaming up with Chinese Internet giant Baidu to start highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai....
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A sleek, supple, sophisticated Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The 2015 Ford Mustang arrives in dealerships next month as the most ballyhooed car of the year....
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Windshield could be the display screen

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Inspired by video games and wearable devices such as Google Glass, car companies and their suppliers are pouring resources into head-up display (HUD) technology, despite daunting challenges that stand in the way of turning the whole windshield into a display screen....
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Subaru adds EyeSight technology to Impreza, plans big rollout

11:53 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Subaru said it will add its new third-generation EyeSight pre-crash system to the Impreza small car this year as part of a drive to boost margins and burnish the brand's image as a safety leader....
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GM warns '15 Corvette owners that 'valet mode' may be illegal

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
An “industry exclusive” feature that General Motors touted to buyers of the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray could inadvertently get owners in trouble with the law in some states. A bulletin GM sent to dealers this week says they should tell customers not to use the “valet mode” of the car's performance data recorder until the software is updated....
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GM creates product cybersecurity post

5:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
General Motors hired its first product cybersecurity chief in a move designed to address the growing challenge of providing safe, secure and reliable technology in vehicles....
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Delphi agrees to acquire on-glass connection products supplier

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Delphi Automotive said it agreed to acquire Antaya Technologies, a Rhode Island company that supplies wire harnesses and other technologies that connect with automotive glass....
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BMW puts i8 at center of tech-based campaign

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
BMW is learning that what distinguishes the ultimate driving machine can be a matter of taste. To win over the growing ranks of wealthy car buyers who care more about technology than horsepower or heritage -- think Tesla fans -- the German brand is delivering its message through a new marketing vehicle: the i8....
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LEARNING CURVE

Ford schools dealers on high-tech 2015 Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
Ford is concentrating on the 2.3-liter engine and other high-tech features in intensive training sessions designed to educate dealership salespeople....
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Ford and Lincoln get connected with Apple's Siri

4:23 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
After years of negative customer reviews of its in-car voice-recognition technology, Ford may solve some of its lingering issues by partnering with Automatic Labs. Soon, drivers will be able to ask Apple's Siri system about the weather and turn on their home thermostat from the wheel of their Ford or Lincoln, the automaker said Tuesday....
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Ford bites back at Apple hype: Your tech's old news

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
During the Apple Watch two-hour webcast, Ford used its main Twitter account and the hashtag "#wegotthat2" to joke that its products already offered many of the new devices' most alluring features....
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BEST PRACTICES

Dealerships' tech team offers training for all

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A few years ago, Ford's quality ratings began to take a hit from consumers who found its MyFord Touch infotainment system less than user-friendly....
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Q&A

Tenneco cuts emissions with quick warm-up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
In Jan. 1, 2017, EPA's stricter Tier 3 emissions standards will kick in, affecting the 2018-25 model years. Tenneco Inc., a major supplier of exhaust systems and emissions equipment, is getting ready....
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EDITORIAL

The long road to autonomous cars is also lucrative

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Completely autonomous vehicles will come in stages, not by the imminent introduction of a complete door-to-door driverless system. That was clear at last week's Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Detroit. It was a welcome dose of reality, but the underlying message was upbeat....
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Raising the temperature fast

How automakers, suppliers are preparing for tougher emissions rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2014
The EPA's stricter Tier 3 emissions standards take effect in 2017. To meet the standards in the early years, automakers will adopt well-known technology to increase engine efficiency. Then the hard work starts....
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Tackling the next parallel-parking challenge -- unparking

1:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Ford has found the automated parking feature offered on several of its nameplates works pretty much as it’s supposed to. The vehicles steer themselves into parallel-parking spots, relieving owners of one of the most challenging and nerve-wracking driving maneuvers....
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RICHARD TRUETT

The connected car -- circa 1956

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
It turns out that the dream of self-driving connected cars is an old one. Back in the 1950s, GM futurists envisioned a highway system that included a “Safety Autoway” that contained metallic strips embedded in the road. Those strips would be read by cameras and sensors on the road and be used to help control a car's speed and direction....
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GABE NELSON

The self-driving car may be guided by emotion

5:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
No matter how mind-blowing the idea of the self-driving car might be, and no matter how huge its potential to change the world, it is still a product like any other. It needs a strong value proposition, not just a wow factor, to enter the mainstream....
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Universal map accuracy will be crucial to autonomous vehicles, transport official says

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Michigan transportation chief Kirk Steudle today shared stories of some GPS mishaps to highlight one of the critical issues facing autonomous vehicles: They’ll need precise mapping to lead them....
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Audi plans to take over the wheel in stop-and-go driving

12:56 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Audi AG plans to roll out technology to enable autonomous driving in urban traffic, joining companies promoting features to ease the strain of operating a car....
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Major roadblocks still exist for driverless cars, panel says

8:43 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Improving sensor technology, solving legal issues and getting real-time mapping and traffic information into vehicles are three roadblocks that need to be removed before driverless cars can take to the roads, a panel of experts concluded Monday in Detroit....
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Bill Ford touts automakers working with small tech startups

10:54 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
As the world evolves toward a radically altered transportation network with autonomous cars, ride-sharing services and electrified vehicles, traditional automakers need to work with small startup companies that provide new technologies, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said....
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Verizon to launch app for car sharing, rentals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Wireless telecommunications giant Verizon today announced plans to introduce a new smartphone app that would allow rental car customers to unlock a vehicle....
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'Smarter' cars still looking for direction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2014
The car of the future, as it's being developed today, is a rolling Internet hot spot, a node on a vast network of vehicles, a high-speed mobile computer capable of analyzing its surroundings in a blink and making precise, split-second decisions in response....
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